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Memorial Day weekend: 6 things to do

With so much to do this weekend, you might have to let that yard work wait.

1. Buncom, a ghost town in the Applegate Valley, will come alive for Buncom Day festivities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Activities include a noon parade, live music, face painting, books and plants for sale, a country store, kids activities, exhibits, story times, food and beverages and local resident Ken Phillips telling ghost stories about the occupants of Buncom buildings. Admission is free. Proceeds go toward historic preservation. To reach Buncom, take Highway 238 to Ruch, turn south at Ruch onto Upper Applegate Road, travel three miles, turn left on Little Applegate Road and go another three miles to Buncom at the intersection with Sterling Creek Road. Parking is along the road or in a field mowed for the occasion. See www.buncom.org.

2. The Rogue Memorial Challenge, which in 2016 involved 175 youth soccer teams, will feature competitors from Oregon, California, Nevada and Washington. Games are played in Medford at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park, North Medford and South Medford high schools and U.S. Cellular Park. Matches begin Saturday at 8 a.m. and conclude with championship games Monday morning. An annual highlight of the tournament is "Goalie Wars," in which teams' goalies compete against each other in head-to-head shootouts. For more information, see www.roguememorialchallenge.com.

3. Boatnik, Grants Pass' annual summer kickoff, runs through the long weekend, with a boat exhibition at the park Friday evening and a fireworks show at dusk. Saturday's festivities include the Boatnik Parade, which starts rolling at 10 a.m. Hydroplane time trials begin on the Rogue River at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, and on Monday, the whitewater hydroplanes will start warming up at 11 a.m. in preparation for Boatnik's Tom Rice Memorial White Water Hydroplane race, which starts at 1 p.m.

4. If you're looking for a patriotic opportunity, there will be ceremonies Monday at both the Eagle Point National Cemetery and the Oregon Fallen War Heroes Memorial in Central Point. The Eagle Point event, which includes U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden as a speaker, begins at 11 a.m. at the cemetery, where some 21,000 flags will be placed on the graves. The cemetery is at 2763 Riley Road, Eagle Point. The Central Point event begins at 9 a.m. at the memorial site in Don Jones Park and will also feature Wyden. For more on these events and other memorials, see Friday's Tempo.

5. You can get in touch with the region's history through events at the Jacksonville Historic Cemetery and Medford's Eastwood Cemetery. Volunteers will be on site in Jacksonville from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday to locate grave sites and answer questions about the cemetery, which was founded in 1859 and is one of the oldest and largest historic cemeteries in the state of Oregon. Volunteers will be available at the I.O.O.F./Eastwood Cemetery, 1581 Siskiyou Blvd., Medford, to help find graves and answer questions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. The Eastwood Cemetery was founded in 1890, five years after Medford was incorporated, and includes the grave sites of numerous historic figures, including Sheriff August Singler, who was killed while on duty in 1913.

6. Railroad groups will combine to offer live-steam train rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Medford Railroad Park at 799 Berrydale Ave. The popular park combines live steam rides on scaled down trains, an operating HO scale model railroad layout, displays of full-size railroad equipment used in the area, a garden railway layout and a working exhibit of Morse telegraphy. Admission to the park is free, although donations are welcome to help finance further development at the park. It is open to the public on the second and forth Sundays from April through October.

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