Hillsboro's signature event honors the city's people, diversity and growth July 21

COURTESY PHOTO - The city's annual Celebrate Hillsboro event will be rocking this Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown.More than 12,000 people are expected to convene at Hillsboro's Civic Center this Saturday, July 21, for the 14th annual Celebrate Hillsboro.

The special celebration — which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — will coincide with Hillsboro's Saturday Market, which usually occupies place at the Civic Center at 150 E. Main St. on Saturdays.

Iris Ringer, Hillsboro's special events and outreach coordinator, said the annual Celebrate Hillsboro festival is "twice as much fun as the regular Saturday Market."

In addition to the regular Saturday Market fare, two large stages will offer plenty of music and entertainment, along with an additional performing arts stage, sidewalk sales from downtown shops, arts and crafts, an inflatable fun zone, juggling tent, free health screenings, and around 50 booths from city organizations and local non-profits.

The event is an opportunity for people to explore the ever-growing and changing downtown area, Ringer said, as well as learn about Hillsboro's organizations, amenities and future,

"It's an opportunity for people from Tanasbourne or Orenco, who may not come downtown often, to explore and see how it's grown," Ringer said.

The event will be divided into several "villages," organizers said, including an arts and culture village, health and wellness village, community village, and sustainability village, each with its own booths and entertainment.

The celebration is the City of Hillsboro's signature summer event. Ringer said the event has grown in diversity, especially of its music performances and food choices, in the last 14 years.

Aside from its growth, the event hasn't otherwise changed much in its 14 years.

"It's a really good event," Ringer said. "Like the saying goes, 'Why fix something if it's not broken?'"

Ringer said the celebration is meant to fortify the bridge between the city and the community. It is the perfect opportunity for members of the public to learn more about the city, while city officials simultaneously learn from the community, Ringer said, all while enjoying themselves as much as possible at the same time.

Many of the booths at Celebrate Hillsboro are themed around the Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan, a vision created by members of the Hillsboro community for what they want the city to look like over the next 17 years.

Like the name implies, the event really is about celebrating the city of Hillsboro, Ringer said.

"It celebrates life in Hillsboro, its diversity and the growth of the city," Ringer said. "It acknowledges our home town pride and celebrates where our city is growing and thriving."


Celebrate Hillsboro

n Saturday, July 21

n 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

n Civic Center

150 E. Main St.

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