Kiddie Parade

Bohemia Mining Days Kiddie Parade

Kiddie Parade

Kids getting in on the Fun!

Come see 100+ kids and animals marching in the Kiddie Parade! The parade begins and ends on Friday morning at the CG Community Center with a route through the historic downtown area.

This perennial favorite BMD event is open to children 12 years and younger.  At the conclusion of the parade all participants receive a keepsake ribbon and ice cream.

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This year's theme is "Diamonds in the Rough."


Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.  Participants should meet in the east parking lot of the Cottage Grove Community Center (700 E. Gibbs Ave.) and check in at the registration table.  This is a FREE event.  There is no cost to watch or participate.


Pets are welcome.  All pets must be well-mannered and on a leash at all times.  Owner must be in control of pet at all times.  Keep in mind the hot, mid-July, temperatures make pavement dangerous for paws.  Make sure to bring water for your pet to drink at the end of the parade.  Horses are welcome also!.  Riders must have a support person to scoop up poop immediately during the parade and in the staging area.


The parade steps off at 11:00 a.m. and proceeds west on E. Gibbs Avenue and turns left on 6th Street.  The route then turns right onto Whiteaker Avenue for one block and then turns left onto 5th Street.  The route then turns left and heads east on Main Street to North 8th Street and then left and back to the Community Center parking lot.

Bohemia Mining Days Kiddie Parade Route Map


Cottage Grove Community Center (700 E. Gibbs Ave.)

The parade starts and finishes at the Cottage Grove Community Center, leaving at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 19th.

Bloomers Parade

Woman and Children in Bloomers Parade

Bloomers Parade

Get out your bloomers!

The Bloomers Parade kicks off the annual Bohemia Mining Days Festival on Thursday evening

Calling all ladies...

...Get your bloomers on and come on down to sashay through the Historic Downtown District to Bohemia City.

For the first time in BMD history the Bloomers Parade will have Grand Marshals.  And to mark such a momentous occasion, the first Bloomer Parade Grand Marshals will be none other than 94.5 Mix FM's Liz & Reilly.  Join these ladies for a unique experience to kick off the opening of Bohemia City.

"But I don't have any bloomers," you say.

Not to worry.  Handmade bloomers are available at Delight, 538 E. Main St.  Shop early for best selection.

If you're feeling crafty, maybe you'd like to try your hand at making your own bloomers at one of these classes:

  • Tuesday, July 9th from 1:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the CG Community Center (700 E. Gibbs. Ave.)
  • Saturday, July 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at CG Community Center (700 E. Gibbs Ave.)
  • Sunday, July 14th from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Delight (538 E. Main St.)

What to bring to class?

  • A bloomers pattern or pair of loose-fitting pants.
  • A sewing machine (if you have one).
  • Your own fabric, lace, and elastic (these will also be available on-site for $2.00/yard).

BMD Volunteer, Linda Sexton, offers her expertise to help make your sewing experience memorable and fun!  If you have any questions, you can reach her at 541-913-9586.


Day & Time Event Notes
Registration Thu: 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Sign up at registration table at 5th and E. Main Streets.

Parade Thu: 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Parade travels east on Main St.


The parade leaves from the intersection of 5th and E. Main Streets and travels east along Main St., through the Historic Downtown District, to the Main St. entrance of Bohemia City (Coiner Park, near 14th St.).

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Grand Miners Parade

Grand Miners Parade

Fun for the whole family

Grand Miners

The Grand Miners Parade is a tradition stretching back 60 years in Cottage Grove. 

Grand Marshal

This year's Grand Marshal is Jim Gilroy.  Jim was the mayor of Cottage Grove from 1985 to 1993 and has been a longtime community volunteer.Jim Gilroy

Born and raised in Boston, Mass., Jim received a bachelor’s degree in business from Boston College and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling with an Elementary Education Certification from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.  He served as a Vista Volunteer (Americorps) in Appalachia, had a brief career in education, and spent 32 years in varying capacities of customer service and sales management at PacifiCorp.

Jim served a short stint as executive director of the Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce before joining Banner Bank eight years ago as Cottage Grove branch manager.  He’s received a Banner’s Best Award.

Jim and his wife Mary have lived in Cottage Grove for 45 years. They raised three children here and now enjoy seven grandchildren.  Jim has served the community on numerous economic development and non-profit boards, including four terms as Mayor.



Diamonds in the Rough.


Entries must submit application and pay appropriate fee.  There will be an additional fee for late applications.  Credit cards accepted (details on application form).

  • Commercial


    Business or individual group of 3 or more.

  • Political


    Any political float or individual.

  • Non-Profit


    Festival courts, clubs, churches, & individuals.

  • Individuals


    Any private individual (i.e. horse & rider) or person(s) in vehicle.

  • Check-in will be on 10th St. between E. Polk and E. Tyler Avenues.

  • Be imaginative and design an entry to reflect you business, organization, or just for fun.

Parade Application


Parade Applications Due July 15th

Applications received after this date will be subject to an additional late fee.

Staging Opens Sat: 8:00 a.m.

Check-in located on S. 10th St. between E. Polk & E. Tyler Aves.

Entries in Place Sat: 9:45 a.m.

All entries must be in their assigned space by this time.

Parade Starts Sat: 10:00 a.m.

Parade steps off at 10:00 a.m., sharp!


The route begins on S. 10th St. and Jackson Avenue.  It proceeds north on 10th St. to Main St.  It turns right and proceeds east on Main St. to Gateway Blvd.  It then turns right and heads south on Gateway Blvd and ends at E. Washington Ave.

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