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Big-time cornhole is coming to Southern Oregon next year, when Medford will host Oregon’s first American Cornhole Organization Major tournament.

The American Cornhole Organization “Majors” are the main points-earning tournaments for players to qualify for the World Championships of Cornhole held annually in July.

MEDFORD, Ore. – Travel Medford and the Southern Oregon Sports Commission announced that a world-ranking cornhole tournament is coming to Medford.

The American Cornhole Organization, the official governing body of the sport of cornhole, will be making Medford one of its “majors.”

The “Know Your Role” campaign started by the Southern Oregon Sports Commission and Travel Medford celebrated the people making a difference in our community today.

The campaign started in 2016 to address poor behavior toward sports officials by promoting a more positive message toward those who participate in youth sports.

Medford, Oregon is strengthening its elite tourism allure by swinging for the fences with a new, 140,000-square-foot sports complex. Located in the heart of the Rogue Valley, the aptly named and sponsored Rogue Credit Union Community Complex broke ground at Howard Memorial Sports Park on September 10, 2021, with a projected completion time frame for Autumn 2023. Known by the city as Rogue X for short, the $75.7 million state-of-the-art complex looks to improve quality of life in the community with its abundance of features.

That message of "You can be an athlete, a coach, a parent or an official, but you only get to be one — Know Your Role" was created by the SOSC in partnership with Travel Medford, with the goal of changing the trend of negative culture at local sporting events at the youth level. Now, it has been adopted nationally, spreading the message of positive sportsmanship and the love of the game.

In an agreement announced Tuesday morning, the SOSC, Travel Medford and USA Softball have formed an initial three-year partnership to push the Know Your Role campaign nationally. The effort is aimed at educating all parties involved in youth sports — athletes, coaches, parents and fans — about appropriate behavior directed toward officials and umpires.

The spectacular Rogue River flows through canyons and serene pools, nationally recognized for its fishing, jet boating, swimming and rafting opportunities. Possibilities abound to see river otters, eagles and all different kinds of spectacular fish.

No matter what level rider you are, there’s ample mountain biking terrain that’s just right for you in Southern Oregon, from beginner pump and jump tracks for kids to steep, fast and technical routes for advanced riders.

If you like mountain biking on uncrowded trails in deep, dense forest or along pristine lakeshores, I have a secret spot to tell you about. A half-day’s drive — or one-hour flight — north of the Bay Area, Southern Oregon may be best known for its wine sceneRogue River raftingCrater Lake National Park and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. But the region’s extensive network of mountain bike and gravel bike trails in the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges are simply out of this world.

Behind countless Rogue Valley youth swimming victories is a private pool and a coach with more than five decades of experience.

Teen swimmers in Southern Oregon compete under their high school banner, but they get their laps — and guidance — from Siouxha Tokman, a former Olympics swimmer.

The City of Central Point and the Jackson County Expo are pleased to announce the 2022 Central Point Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo and PRCA Xtreme Bulls are coming this May 12th -14th.

Five hours from Sonoma there is a great opportunity to learn to fly-fish (improve your fly-fishing skills) while also enjoying fantastic theater at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland.

Wild, scenic and jam-packed with natural beauty, the lower Rogue River is an ideal outdoors getaway in southwest Oregon.

The entirety of the Rogue River runs some 215 miles from its source near Crater Lake to the Pacific Ocean, though most outdoor adventurers may be more familiar with its final 84 miles – a stretch that’s officially protected as a “wild and scenic river,” cherished for both its ecological and recreational significance.

Southern Oregon covers a large geographic area, basically south of Eugene to the Oregon-California border. This article covers four major regions: the Rogue Valley, Umpqua Valley, Klamath Basin, and Oregon Outback.

Zip lineswhitewater rafting, incredible wineriesmountain bikingpretty hikes and incredible vistas: Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley is a hub for adventure and relaxation.  One of our favorite things to do in the Rogue Valley is take a zip line tour with Rogue Valley Zip Line. From the replica gold mining town, to the amazing views and thrilling zip lines, this is an adventure you won’t want to miss.

When it comes to natural splendor, few places do it as exuberantly and with as much gusto as Oregon. Home to ancient forests, glacier-carved mountains, roaring rivers, tranquil lakes, and grassy plains, this idyllic Pacific Northwest state has a bit of everything. 

Medford, Oregon, is great destination for those who love the outdoors, yet it’s often overlooked by visitors to the state, overshadowed by  better-known places. With that in mind, we’re here today to share a list of suggestions of awesome things to do in and around Medford.

The heart of the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon, Medford offers a rich selection of natural spaces and community flavor. From jet boat and paddlesport adventures on the Rogue River to enjoying the fruitful produce of the region, things to do in Medford span night and day and the different seasons. 

Let’s go fishing! Not enough time? Think again. If you live in the Medford area, there are a number of places you can get to in less than an hour.

Southern Oregon is a naturalists’ playground. Its wild riversmountains and forests make for a fun, rustic vacation. And its wines, which have recently emerged on the national stage, offer surprising flavors.

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