By COLE SHORT, Hillsboro Banner
This year’s Hillsboro Days celebration could see largerthan-usual crowds in midJune, organizers predicted Wednesday.
Members of the Hillsboro Business Association began penciling in events this week for the return of the city celebration June 17-20.
Hillsboro Drug owner Randy Habeck told fellow HBA members on Wednesday that he anticipates strong crowds to pack the city in June.
Alumni unable to return to their hometown for their 10-and 25-year class reunions due to the global pandemic a year ago will double up with this summer’s reunion classes, Habeck said.
“That’s going to be a lot of extra people in town this year from all the reunions,” he said.
HBA members gathering at the Hillsboro Cafe drafted preliminary plans for this year’s festivities.
Sheila Geray, HBA’s treasurer, said she expects the Hillsboro Running Club to sponsor its annual Hillsboro Days 5K walk and run June 17 after taking a year off in 2020.
Other events expected to make their Hillsboro Days return in June include:
A youth track meet that’s been held in recent years on the Friday of Hillsboro Days may be held, although HBA members said Wednesday that they couldn’t confirm the event would return this summer.
The merchant association agreed to rent a large canvas tent for $2,000 for this year’s celebration.
A limited number of crafters and food vendors could use the tent June 19 prior to the start of the Hillsboro Days street dance, members agreed.
The dance has been canceled a number of times in the past due to rain.