BMD on the horizon: Cart races, feuds & fun

COTTAGE GROVE – Faced with all of the difficulties of trying to plan and organize a traditional community-wide event that draws thousands of people over an entire week, the leaders of Bohemia Mining Days turned to a tried-and-true tactic: They revived a feud. 

The Slabtown vs. Lemati Feud’s inaugural ore cart races are one of the innovative additions organizers made to this year’s BMD scheduled July 17-18. 

Officials unveiled a newly constructed ore cart “racer” and members of the planning committee revealed the full BMD event schedule at Cottage Grove City Hall last week.

Mayor Jeff Gowing is serving as the interim Mayor of Lemati and BMD vice president Cindy Weeldreyer serves as the interim Mayor of Slabtown. 

The festivities include three parades: The Bloomers Parade, Kiddie Parade on Friday, July 17, and the Grand Miners Parade on Saturday morning.

First, however, things get underway with the Feud Food Fight on Thursday, June 10. Partnering with Cottage Grove-area eateries – and inspired by Food for Lane County’s Grilled Cheese Experience – an item on their menu will be the BMD Feud Special. When it is ordered, $1 is donated to BMD. Passports encourage food adventurers to sample all of the items and enter their completed passport in quarterly prize drawings. 

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