New, enhanced activities await Folk Festival goers

Planners of the Hillsboro Folk Festival have added a half dozen new

attractions and enhanced several familiar features in an effort to

broaden the festival?s appeal as a celebration of the area?s

past and progressive present.

New events at this year?s event, planned for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

Saturday, May 27, include a quilt show, a classic car show, an

tractor show, a certified bicycle criterium in downtown Hillsboro,

all-class high school reunion, and a professional dog show called

?America?s Trick Animals.?

The quilt show, sponsored by the Country Stitchers Guild, will

more than 100 quilts and wall hangings owned by the women of

County. The car show, organized by the Route 56 Classic Cruisers,

include awards for the best entries, and the antique tractor show

display an assortment of vintage horsepower from yesteryear.

The ?heart? of the festival continues to be the city?s early days,

which is highlighted through the demonstration of a dozen or so

pioneer crafts, the popular Dutch-Low German ethnic meal, a
variety of

musical performers, and hourly tours of the historic Adobe House,

Friesen Dutch Mill and Kreutziger School.

This will be the second year for the ?Antique & Collectible Flea

Market,? which offers buyers pre-owned treasures and vintage

Music has always been a popular feature of this festival, but this

year the performing styles have been broadened from gospel,

and instrumental ensembles to include folk groups, contemporary

and even a ?musical saw.?

The day will begin even before 9 a.m. with the annual golf

a 10-kilometer and two-mile run and walk, and a fly-in at the

airport. The latter has been enhanced this year with the

of airplane rides for youth and adults, a visit from a Blackhawk

helicopter, and a display of motorcycles by the Christian


Though activities for children have been offered in the past, this

year?s festival has made them a priority by offering more than a

dozen options, ranging from finding money in a haystack to face

painting, canoe rides and a fishing derby. Professional

Naomi Gibbs will be performing, too.

The festival is held on several adjacent properties along D Street

(old U.S. Highway 56) in Hillsboro: Heritage Park, Memorial Park,

Marion County Fairgrounds and the municipal golf course and

Admission to the Folk Festival requires a $2 button, which can be

purchased in advance at participating Hillsboro businesses, or at

gate on Saturday. Children age 12 and under get in free.

Some of the events require preregistration and additional entry

to participate. For more information, call the Hi

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