63rd Annual McCleary Bear Festival
Jul 08, 2022, 1:00 PM PDT – Jul 11, 2022, 1:30 PM PDT
100 3rd St, McCleary, WA 98557, USA

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.

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What’s Happening

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.


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Grand Marshall!


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Stay Tuned!


Stay Tuned!

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!

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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.


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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.

Kidz Zone

Tons of activities geared directly to kids including: a petting zoo, face painting, balloon animals, pony rides, etc.

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.


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.

Sponsorship Application

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Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel

Papa Bear Sponsor


Our Community Credit Union

Papa Bear Sponsor


Vaughan Chopper Pumps

Papa Bear Sponsor


Baby Bear Sponsor


Hansen Metalworks

Parade Float Sponsor


Timberland Bank

Baby Bear Sponsor


Community Patronage

Our festival would not happen without continued community support.

  • Hank Feeser

  • 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

  • Linda Thompson

  • Diana Sanders

  • Kyle Pauley

  • The Bears Den, McCleary

  • The Raised Bed, McCleary


Contact Us

PO Box 408
McCleary, WA 98557

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