64th Annual McCleary Bear Festival
323 DAYS TO THE EVENT
Jul 07, 2023, 1:00 PM – Jul 09, 2023, 4:00 PM
McCleary,
100 3rd St, McCleary, WA 98557, USA
 
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Welcome to the 64th 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 Festival stew. The McCleary Bear Festival welcomes visitors from all over the country to enjoy the fun of an old fashioned, small town festival.

 

What’s Happening

Let the planning of the 64th Annual McCleary Bear Festival begin!

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63rd Community
Grand Marshal

CONGRATULATIONS TO IVA MADISON!

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63rd Bear Festival Logo Gear Still Available

We still have logo gear in various sizes for the 63rd McCleary Festival, Lights, Camera, Fun!


Email bearfestival@gmail.com if you are interested in a t-shirt, hoodie, hat, or Koozie.

T-Shirts:

S-XL $20.00

2XL $23.00

3XL $24.00

Hoodies:

S-XL $35.00

2XL $38.00

3XL $39.00

Hat $25.00

Koozies $2.00

 
Festival

McCleary Bear Festival

Don’t Miss Out

 

Grand Parade

Grab a chair and wave at all the floats, bands, and parade participants.

Bear Stew

This is one case where too many chefs don’t spoil the stew, for it takes about 40+ people to handle the cooking chores to make the stew just right.

Family Zone

Tons of activities geared directly to kids and family interactions.

Music in the Park

Hang out by the stage for great music, comedy, and other entertainers.

Softball Tournament

Gather up your friends or co-workers and join in on the softball tournament. Show us your stuff!

Car Show

Browse through the beautiful collection of antique and restored classic cars.

Soap Box Derby

Can you beat the other box cars? Winners get your very own trophy.

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.

Thank you to our 2022 Sponsors!

True Support

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.

STAY TUNED FOR THE 2023 SPONORSHIP APPLICATION!

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Beehive Retirement Community, McCleary

Papa Bear Sponsor

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Squaxin Island Tribe, Shelton

Grant - On Behalf of the One Percent Commission

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Cascade Natural Gas, Elma

Baby Bear Sponsor

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Our Community Credit Union, McCleary

Papa Bear Sponsor and Car Show Sponsor

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Elma Family Dental, Elma

Baby Bear Sponsor

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McCleary VFW Post 5564, McCleary

Royalty & Coronation Ceremony Sponsor

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Green Diamond Resource Company, Shelton

Entertainment Sponsor

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Vaughan, Elma

Baby Bear Sponsor

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Quality Quick Lube, McCleary

Festival Parade Float Sponsor

Thank you for keeping our royalty safe!

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Simpson Door Company - We're Hiring!

Baby Bear Sponsor

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LeMay Grays Harbor

Baby Bear Sponsor

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Gordon's Select Market

Festival & Bear Festival Stew Sponsor

 

Community Patronage

Our festival would not happen without continued community support.

  • Thank you...

The Coffee Shop - Car Show Sponsor

Dollar General - Soap Box Derby and Kiddie Parade Sponsor

Denise Davidson - Royalty Parade Travel Sponsor​

Anita Wesselman - Royalty Parade Travel Sponsor

Cut Rate Auto Parts - Royalty Sponsor

House Brothers - Car Show Sponsor

Kathy Elofson - Festival Sponsor

Harbor Pacific - Royalty Sponsor

Judi Ellingwood, 1966-1967 Bear Festival Queen - Festival Sponsor

Hung Right Doors LLC, Olympia, www.hungrightdoorsllc.com - Festival Sponsor

Timberland Bank, Elma, www.timberlandbank.com - Festival Sponsor

 

Contact Us

PO Box 408
McCleary, WA 98557

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