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Sunny celebration a tribute to Hillsboro


Annual festival draws thousands

Thousands of people flocked to downtown Hillsboro last Saturday, July 20, where they perused the farmer’s market, enjoyed family-friendly entertainment and learned how to get and stay healthy.

The ninth annual Celebrate Hillsboro event — held under clear-blue skies — brought out newcomers and regulars alike.

The celebration featured activities and giveaways intended to promote sustainability, arts and culture, health and wellness, and community activities.

Kids painted their own works of art while parents picked up pamphlets promoting upcoming plays and theater camps. Attendees could get their eyes examined and blood pressure checked after purchasing fresh produce, and a main stage magic show was a nice cool-down activity after participating in the futsal street tournament.

Market vendors extended their hours until 4 p.m. and downtown businesses opened their doors into the early evening.

Staffers at a Clean Water Services booth handed out free reusable cups and manned a free tent where overheated market-goers could stand under misters to cool off.

They also had visuals for residents curious about the new reservoir planned to go in north of Evergreen Road.

Carol Loughner helped staff the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council booth, signing up passersby to receive the group’s newsletter and get the word out about art opportunities in Hillsboro.

“A lot of people don’t know how many events we have,” Loughner said. “You don’t have to go east [to Portland].

“We hope to increase awareness so people think of public art and public culture when they think of Hillsboro.”

Valerie Spielman passed out information and answered questions on behalf of Providence Health & Services while sitting in the Health & Wellness Village next to displays offered by Tuality Healthcare, Pacific University and Kaiser Permanente.

“We are trying to educate people about the changes that are coming soon with the Affordable Care Act,” said Spielman, who was running out of giveaways and brochures. “We want to let the community know we’re out here and available to help them.”

Next door to the village, a rock climbing wall stood high against the sun — attracting quite a few adventuresome folks — and Hillsboro firefighters and police officers met and greeted residents.

All the while, avid bicyclists toured city parks, choosing two-, four- or 12-stop routes, to promote fun and safe cycling for all.