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It's time to celebrate, Hillsboro


Tenth annual festival July 19 is bigger, better

Last year, Hillsboro residents tried a rock-climbing wall set up near the Washington County Courthouse as part of Celebrate Hillsboro.Downtown Hillsboro will fill with thousands of people Saturday, all there to Celebrate Hillsboro.

The 10th annual day-long Celebrate Hillsboro festival is slated to run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the streets of the Main Street business district.

Celebrate Hillsboro, presented by Tuality Healthcare, is geared toward bringing Hillsboro together to honor and celebrate the thriving community. This year’s event promises to be bigger than it has ever been.

Early birds seeking fruit and produce can actually start at 8 a.m. at the Farmers’ Market, which will continue all day.

Special festivities get under way at 9 a.m., and three music stages scattered around the festival will provide non-stop music.

The main stage on Main Street will have a variety of music, including Irish rock, country, Latin jazz and high-energy African with Boca Marimba. The two downtown music stores, MIR and Five Star Guitars, will also showcase their “all-stars.”

The Youth Stage on Third Avenue features Hillsboro’s youth talent. Jazz musicians from Hillsboro Arts Summer, a Parks & Recreation Department-sponsored music camp will perform.

In addition, 13 “garage bands” from the two-week “Camp Amp” will play classic and modern rock tunes.

The Amazama Stage on the courthouse lawn is a cool spot for kids’ entertainment.

Pick up something to eat from various local food booths and head to the “villages” for fun and adventure.

Health and Wellness Village offers free health screenings — blood pressure, cholesterol, vision and glucose — provided by Tuality Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente and Pacific University; and learn safety tips from the Hillsboro police and fire departments.

Sustainability Village on the Civic Center Plaza focuses on hands-on, eco-friendly activities. View electric and alternative fuel vehicles, a trash-to-treasure display and learn more about living sustainably.

Activities and booths on Main Street expand into an extra block this year, to Fifth Avenue, and the Walters Cultural Arts Center is also celebrating 10 years and will have special activities.

Classic cars and vintage bike displays are new this year, as are free pedicab rides from one end of the festival to the other.