Welcome to the 62nd McCleary Bear Festival
Celebrating together since 1959
Since 1959, the McCleary Bear Festival has been an important part of the small town of McCleary, WA. Organized by a non-profit group of volunteers this community event features a grand parade, family entertainment, a softball tournament, car show, soapbox derby, and of course our famous bear stew. The McCleary Bear Festival welcomes visitors from all over the country to enjoy the fun of an old fashioned, small town festival.
McCleary Bear Festival Ambassador Program
2021-2022 Ambassador Program - Phase 1 applications due by Friday, October 22, 2021
*Junior participants must be between the ages of 10 to 12 years of age by January 31, 2022
*Senior participants must be between the ages of 13 to 15 years of age by January 31, 2022
Ambassadors serve as representatives of the City of McCleary to help carry on the Bear Festival traditions which began in 1959 through community pride and service.
We are excited to see our community and supporters back together to begin planning our 2022 event! Stay tuned, we will be updating this page and our Facebook with final details throughout the year.
62nd McCleary Bear Festival
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Returning vendors will be contacted soon for confirmation so we can open remaining spots to any new vendors interested in joining us at this years festival!
Monitoring in Place
Our committee is constantly monitoring any regulations or restrictions assigned to Grays Harbor County in order to keep our community and festival visitors safe. We will continue to follow State and local COVID guidelines.
McCleary Bear Festival Program
Don’t Miss Out
Food and Craft Vendors
Local crafters abound! Come and grab that perfect gift for that special someone or even for yourself. Support our local businesses and find your new favorite item and bite to eat.
We seek out sponsorships from companies and organizations throughout our community. Sharing our vision of building a community-inspired, creative festival, our sponsors play a crucial part in making this event a reality. If you want to join our growing list of sponsors, or learn more about who they are, contact us today.
Vaughan Chopper Pumps
Papa Bear Sponsor
Our festival would not happen without continued community support.
Kardia Inc., Elma
Art & Jody Heller
Lacey Pizza Time, Lacey
Branch Tree Services, Centralia
Bike & Barn Leathers, Elma
Chopper Hair Studio, Elma
Ladies & Gents Barber & Beauty, Elma
The Bears Den, McCleary
The Raised Bed, McCleary