Downtown Hillsboro will be on display during the Hillsboro Harvest Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 2. Hosted and organized by Imagine Hillsboro’s Festivals and Events Committee, the annual festival will take place along Main Street and the Historic Courthouse Square.
Patrons are encouraged to get a head start on their holiday shopping and pop into the local shops as they browse the many vendor booths that will be set up along Main Street, selling handmade and vintage wares, clothing, home decor, baked items, produce, food and more.
Live entertainment will take the Lincoln Plaza Stage throughout the day. An old fashioned cake walk will start at 11 a.m. on the plaza. The committee is still looking for donated baked goods. Those interested are asked to contact Caitlyn Voyles 217-710-2495. Pull up a seat and “tune in” to a live version of Paige Farmer and Payton Reeves’ popular true crime/conspiracy podcast 2KAway, beginning at noon at the Lincoln Plaza stage. The Professor Longhair Magic Show will begin at 1 p.m., on the stage, followed by balloon animals. The Star Killers will close out the festival with a live performance on the Lincoln plaza stage around 2:30 p.m.
Several free activities will be set up for child attendees, including a pumpkin painting, searching for needles in a haystack and hay rides. Hillsboro High School FFA will host pedal-tractor pulls throughout the event and Hapner Hillsboro Bowl will offer bowling on the square. Those in search of a fright won’t want to miss the chance to test out Hellsboro’s Escape Room. Taylor Meyers, owner of Taylor Kay Art Gallery, will host a fun fall craft for a minimal fee to showcase her regularly offered classes.
In addition to the various activities available throughout the event, several friendly competitions will take place. Area artists will have from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help turn a portion of Main Street into a masterpiece during the Chalk of the Town event. Entry fees are set at $25 per 8’x8’ square. A box of chalk is included with the entry fee, though artists are also allowed to bring their own chalk. Prizes will be awarded for first place (chosen by a judge) and People’s Choice. The Chalk of the Town event is open to all ages, individuals and groups.
Atlas 46 is once again inviting the community to unleash their inner monsters during the Hillsboro Haunting Monster Building competition. The monster build has two levels of competition, the Family Build and the Competitive Build. The Family Build is a free event open to all market goers. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., the family teams of two to four people will be given one hour to work together to create a monster from scrap lumber and building supplies. All materials will be provided. The top three teams will walk away with some cool prizes.
The Competitive Build is open to experienced builders interested in competing for a grand prize of $1,000. Teams of one to three people will be given two hours to create their best monster, starting at 11 a.m. While some tools will be available, participants are encouraged to bring their own cordless tools, screws and nails. Prizes will also be awarded to the second and third place teams. Entry fees are set at $25 per team. Registration may be done online at www.hillsborohaunting.com through Thursday, Sept. 30.
Organizers are currently seeking donations of scrap lumber and building materials, such as PVC, scrap wire, chicken wire, styrofoam, garden hose, work gloves, spray paint, string/rope, hula hoops, halloween masks, mens XL pants/flannels, bolts of fabric, and duct tape. Volunteers will take anything usable and are willing to pick up items. For more information on the Monster Build or to donate materials contact email@example.com or 636-600-9165.
Make sure to head back to Hillsboro for the Hilltop Ghost tour on Saturday night. Tour guide Jonathan Weyer will meet attendees at Lincoln Plaza at 6 p.m., and lead them through downtown Hillsboro as they learn about the area’s “haunted” past. Discretion is advised due to the graphic nature of some of the stories. While the walking tour is free, tips are appreciated.