Balloon rally July 9-11

The annual Rogue Valley Balloon Rally, an event that brings hot air balloons to Medford for three days, is coming July 9-11.

This year's event is a fundraiser for expansion of the neonatal intensive care unit at Rogue Valley Medical Center, organizers say.

Events take place behind the Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge Superstore on Grumman Drive, just off Crater Lake Highway on Medford's north edge.

Tethered balloon rides are available to the public at 7 a.m. July 10 and 11 for $3 per person.

The public also can watch the balloons' morning launch at 6 a.m. both days and a dusk "night glow" event July 10 that draws hundreds of spectators.

In 2009, the event raised more than $6,000 for Children's Miracle Network, organizers said.

— Staff reports

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