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Block Party, dinner liven up downtown

Capitalizing on street closures for the city's Celebrate Hillsboro event, downtown businesses held the fourth annual block party and inaugural Farm to Table dinner Friday

TRAVIS LOOSE - More than 200 people sat down a five course meal in the middle of downtown Hillsboro on Friday for the inaugural Farm to Table dinner.A weekend loaded with events to celebrate Hillsboro began on Friday with the fourth annual downtown Block Party and the first-ever Farm to Table dinner, which sold out its 250 tickets well before the event.

The dinner was sponsored by Hillsboro Downtown Partnership, a coalition of downtown business and property owners who work to market and promote the city's historic center.

Hillsboro Downtown Partnership Executive Director Saira Siddiqui helped to facilitate the 250-person dinner down the middle of East Main Street with assistance from several downtown businesses and local wineries, breweries, and cideries on July 15.

"Organizing an event with this many partners is always a lot of work," said Siddiqui, who had to coordinate with 10 different local businesses for the inaugural Farm to Table dinner. "We are beyond fortunate to have so much support from the community we serve. Without all the help this would not have come together."

TRAVIS LOOSE - Hillsboro  Mayor Jerry Willey addresses the crowd at the Farm to Table dinner.

Hillsboro's Mayor Jerry Willey and several city councilors, along with city staff, local business owners, state representatives, and residents enjoyed a five-course meal catered by Diversity Café, Abu Rasheed Express, the Hillsboro Senior Center, Clark's Bistro & Pub and incoming downtown bakery Decadent Creations.

Each course was paired with a local wine, beer or cider.

The dinner's proceeds will go toward the Partnership's continued downtown revitalization efforts.

And while the Farm to Table dinner was held in the street, businesses along Main Street opened their doors for downtown's annual Block Party.

Primrose & Tumbleweed's owners Dawn and Doug Sellers first proposed the idea for the Block Party four years ago as a way to take advantage of the downtown street closures that occurred in preparation for the city's annual Celebrate Hillsboro event, which was held on Saturday.

"We thought, 'Gosh, what can we do?'" Dawn told Pamplin Media Group on Saturday. "It's great for businesses — fantastic that so many are participating — and it's great for the community."

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