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With the Tigard Festival of Balloons only a week away, festival organizers are looking for volunteers to help with the event, including crew volunteers willing to help with the 24 hot-air balloons that will take off from Cook Park June 21 to 23.

It takes hundreds of volunteers to run the annual festival.

Organizers are looking for people willing to help work at the Sunday Festival of Cars as well as assist in parking, clean up, advertising and set-up or tear-down of the booths. Volunteers need to be available all three days of the festival.

Special volunteers are needed to help with the large hot-air balloons every morning and evening. Hot-air ballons require a team of people to help inflate the balloons before they launch. Crews then chase the balloons to their eventual landing sites and help disassemble the balloons.

A balloon “crew school” is scheduled for Saturday at Cook Park from 10 a.m. to noon, where volunteers will learn about the ins and outs of hot-air ballooning. Crew volunteers must attend the training.

Interested? Fill out a volunteer form on the festival's website. Call 503-612-8213 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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