63rd Annual McCleary Bear Festival
Jul 08, 1:00 PM PDT – Jul 10, 4:00 PM PDT
100 3rd St, McCleary, WA 98557, USA

Welcome to the 63rd 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.


What’s Happening

We are excited to see our community and supporters back together to begin planning our 2022 event!


Community Grand Marshal

The Bear Festival Committee is now accepting nominations for 63rd Community Grand Marshal. Nominations are due no later than June 24, 2022 and must include the full name of the nominee, a brief explanation of why he or she has earned the honor of serving as the Grand Marshal, and both the nominee's and nominator's contact information. The nominee will be notified of his or her selection by July 2, 2022.  Grand Marshal will be honored at Coronation Ceremony on July 8, 2022 at 5:00pm. Nominations can be emailed to bearfestival@gmail.com or mailed to PO Box 408, McCleary, WA 98557.

Bear Festival Royalty Court was proud to be on hand to announce the 2021 McCleary Bear Festival Grand Marshall! Congratulations to Charles Fattig.

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Bear Festival Button

Queen Taryn's logo design is complete!  Stay tuned for the beginning of Bear Festival button sales. Buttons are $3.00 each and provide you with a serving of Bear Festival stew, baked beans, watermelon, and a roll following the grand parade, Saturday, July 9, 2022 at Noon.  Once parade is complete, make your way to the covered kitchen area, located at Beerbower Park, McCleary, WA.

Logo t-shirts and hoodies will be available for sale during the festival weekend, located at the information booth. Additional order will be placed the week following the festival if you require a specific size not currently in stock or if we run short on a popular size.

Buttons are available beginning in June of each year.  Purchase your 63rd Bear Festival Button from one of your McCleary Bear Festival Royalty Court Members!  Buttons will also be available at the information booth Bear Festival weekend.


Festival Vendor's

Committee is excited to have a large variety of vendors ready to join us July 8 - 10, 2022, located at Beerbower Park!  We can't wait to see the talent and creativity from the craft vendors and taste the yummy treats prepared by the food vendors.

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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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Show Off Car Show

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Attention car enthusiast...Help spread the word!

*Car owners are also welcome to complete application for entry into the grand parade as well on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at Noon.

​The 63rd Annual McCleary Bear Festival is hosting the chance for car owners to show up and show off on Sunday, July 10, 2022.

Viewing is free to the public. Browse through the beautiful collection of antique and restored classic cars.

​Tentative Schedule

8:00am-9:30am Car Show Staging

10:30am General Car Show Viewing & Raffle Tickets Available for Purchase for Entry into multiple Gift Basket Drawings

3:00pm Raffle Winners and Festival Royalty Awards Announced


McCleary Bear Festival Program

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.

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.

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Community Patronage

Our festival would not happen without continued community support.

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Contact Us

PO Box 408
McCleary, WA 98557

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