BUNCOM COMES ALIVE ON SATURDAY MAY 30th
Buncom, Southern Oregon’s last standing ghost town, comes alive from 10am to 3pm on Saturday May 30 at the annual “Buncom Day” festivities.
There will be a parade at noon, along with the world-famous “chicken splat contest,” a barbecue lunch, live music, face painting, books, plants, a country store, children’s activities, and exhibits ranging from one by the Oregon Paranormal Society to ones about noxious weeds and fire safety. Or not. One is never quite sure what will happen on Buncom Day.
The event raises a little money to keep the historic buildings in a state of “arrested decay,” but it’s mainly just a whole lot of fun among friends, visitors, and curious tourists. The identity of the parade’s Grand Marshall remains a well-guarded secret, even from the honoree. Recent Grand Marshalls have included Mail Tribune editor Bob Hunter, extraordinary volunteer Andy Batzer, and District Attorney Beth Heckert.
Admission is free. To get there, follow Highway 238 to Ruch, turn south at Ruch on Upper Applegate Road, travel three miles, turn left on Little Applegate and go another three miles to Buncom at the intersection with Sterling Creek Road. Park where you can and enjoy the walk to the town.