Organizers beginning to map out Hillsboro Days plans

Apr 19, 2021 -- Posted by : compass1

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 kiddie pedal tractor pull sponsored by AgCountry Farm Credit Services at 5 p.m., Friday, June 18.
  • A classic car show sponsored by Hillsboro Body Shop the evening of June 18, followed by a parking lot party at the Vets Club along Caledonia Avenue. The A&R Bar along Main Street also may be hiring a band to perform the same night, Geray said.
  • Hillsboro Fire and Rescue’s downtown parade should kick off around 9 a.m., Saturday, June 19.
  • The Vets Club will sponsor the return of HBA’s third annual bean bag tournament after the parade. Twenty-eight teams signed up for the tournament in 2019, the last time the tourney was held.
  • Kids games and bounce houses are being planned downtown from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 19.
  • A craft fair will kick off around the same time downtown and could have a record number of participants this June, Geray said.
  • The A&R Bar’s fishing derby in Woodland Park along Third Street Northeast should slide into its normal time slot starting around 1 p.m., June 19.
  • The annual draft horse pull in Woodland Park, one of two Hillsboro Days events held in 2020, will return to the park Saturday afternoon, June 19, and be followed by a human pull.
  • A hamburger party at the Vets Club and sponsored by the American Legion Post 4 should return Saturday evening, June 19, said Terry Wahl, a Vets Club representative at Wednesday’s meeting.
  • The Hillsboro Days street dance featuring Fargo-based band Jacked Up has been lined up to perform along First Street Northwest Saturday evening.
  • Another longtime Hillsboro Days staple, the North Dakota State Antique Tractor Pull at the Pioneer Museum along Sixth Street Southwest, will move from its traditional Saturday slot to 2 p.m., Sunday, June 20. Organizer Rob Bell said a pair of conflicting events June 19 prompted the change.

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.