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Photos: Hillsboro Fourth of July Parade 2016

TRAVIS LOOSE - Dancers flip their way down Main Street in Hillsboro on Monday during the 2016 Hillsboro Fourth of July Parade.Thousands gathered in Hillsboro on Monday for the annual Fourth of July parade, and Bob Rollinger couldn’t be happier.

“It’s a gift to the community,” said Bob Rollinger, a Rotarian who has organized the annual parade for the past seven years. “The Rotary’s mission is ‘Service above self.’”

The Hillsboro Rotary Club has organized the parade since the 1960s, but the parade stretches back more than a century, Rollinger said.

Rollinger said that about 8,000 and 12,000 people attend the parade each Independence Day, watching as more than 100 entries march, dance and pass out candy to folks along the 2 ½ mile parade route.

Many of the spectators have come for generations, Rollinger said.

“There are some people that haven’t missed the parade in 30 or 40 years,” Rollinger said. “

Organizers have been preparing since March for the annual parade.

“Putting on the parade is a big deal,” Rollinger said. "This is just one of the things we do."

Every year, the Rotary provides scholarships for Hillsboro High School students, and supports charities throughout the community.

After so many years, Rollinger said, organizers work like clockwork to put on the parade.

“It’s probably one of the biggest events the Rotary does each year,” Rollinger said. “It’s a great event. Our volunteers have a lot of fun doing it. It takes all the resources of city: The fire department, police, CERT. There really is a lot behind it that people don’t see. We’re fortunate that we have those quality people putting it on every year.”

By Geoff Pursinger
Associate Editor, Hillsboro Tribune
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