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Buncom Day celebrates the past at Southern Oregon's last-remaining ghost town.

Buncom ghost town will come back to life Saturday

Buncom, Southern Oregon’s last standing ghost town, will come alive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 26, with the annual “Buncom Day” festivities.

Buncom Day will have a few new surprises, but will also feature old favorites: the “chicken splat contest,” music, books and plants for sale, a country store, children’s activities and exhibits ranging from the Applegate Valley Fire District to information about raising tadpoles and making lace.

The SMART reading program has donated books for children to take home after reading with older siblings, parents or friends in the old cookhouse .

The Victory Dogs food truck will have their specialty hot dogs for sale and a snack shack will offer beverages, cookies and other sweets.

The Buncom Day parade, which typically winds down Sterling Creek Road to Little Applegate Road and then turns around to go back, starts at noon “Buncom Time.” It’s open to all comers and fun floats are encouraged. The identity of the parade’s grand marshal remains a well-guarded secret, even from the honoree. Last year’s grand marshal was local author and former Mail Tribune reporter Paul Fattig.

After the parade, local musicians are invited to take turns at a “live mic.”

The event raises a little money to keep the historic buildings in a state of “arrested decay,” but is mainly just a fun event. Admission is free.

To reach Buncom, follow Highway 238 from Jacksonville to Ruch, turn south at Ruch on Upper Applegate Road, travel three miles, turn left on Little Applegate Road and go another three miles to Buncom at the intersection with Sterling Creek Road. Parking is available on the road or in the field off of Sterling Creek Road. Hay wagon rides will be available from parking to the festivities.

More information from previous Buncom Days can be found at www.buncom.org. Questions may be directed to event organizer Martha Straube at 541-899-1691 or martys@peak.org.

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