Hillsboro groups preparing for 2nd annual Family Festival

Several new activities will blend with the traditional favorites when the Hillsboro Family Festival returns May 24 for its second run.

Known originally as “Adobe House Days,” then later as the “Hillsboro Folk Festival,” the event was broadened into the “Hillsboro Family Festival” last year to reflect its growing attractions and audience.

Relive the past

The “Folk” designation will still identify the pioneer activities that will take place in Heritage Park, the historical complex that contains the Adobe House Museum, Kreutziger School, Friesen Mill and visitors center.

Those activities will include rope making, sausage stuffing, baking zwiebach (a double-bun roll) and New Year’s Cookies (raisin fritter) in an outdoor oven, and other demonstrations of old-time crafts and activities.

Tours of the museum and wind-powered Friesen Mill will be offered throughout the day.

Another returning feature of the traditional Folk Festival will be the ethnic food.

Returning events

The rest of the Family Festival will appeal to a broad range of interests.

Returning from last year will be:

The Marion County Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-in and Oklahoma Barnstormers. After a breakfast for area pilots, the organization will offer free plane rides for youth high school age and younger who are interested in the Young Eagles program.

Adults can share a ride for a donation to the organization.

Also returning are the Oklahoma Barnstormers, a group of radio-controlled-airplane professionals who will put on a stunt show at 1 p.m. and again at 3 p.m. at the north end of runway, which runs adjacent to the fairgrounds.

The Route 56 Classic Cruisers Car Show with NASCAR and Collegiate memorabilia.

Registration of exhibitors will run from 8 a.m. to noon, and will include a $10 entry fee plus one can of food. The money will be donated to the Marion County Toy Run and the food to the Marion County Food Bank.

An awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. will announce the “top ten” car awards, a motorcycle award and sponsors awards.

The first 75 exhibitors will receive dash plaques. T-shirts and door prizes will also be offered, in addition to food and drink. Plans call for an area radio system to broadcast live from the show.

Run for Fun. Those who prefer to travel on foot can participate in the annual Festival Run. Registration for the 5-kilometer and 2-mile events will begin at 7 a.m. in the visitors center in Heritage Park.

Runners will be bused to their respective starting lines at 8 a.m. for a simultaneous start. All registered runners and walkers will receive a T-shirt, and prizes will be awarded to the overall top male and female runners. Awards will also be presented to the top three female and male runners in each age division.

The entry fee will be $14 on Saturday. Registration forms are available at Hillsboro City Hall, or by calling Silver Shears (620-947-3690).

Golf scramble. At 8 a.m., participants in the Family Festival Golf Tournament will tee-off with a shotgun start to a three-person scramble.

The 18-hole tournament, held at the Hillsboro Municipal Golf Course, is limited to 22 teams. The entry fee is $30 per person, $75 per team with cash payback if the tournament fills. The event is open to women and men, and cash prizes will be awarded.

For registration information, call Steve Hughbanks at 620-483-3043.

Children’s activities. Once again, the festival will offer a variety of games and activities for children, including traditional games like sack races, three-legged races, rock painting and more.

Kids can also enjoy a small petting zoo. Gary Penner of Hillsboro will be on hand to offer horse-drawn-wagon rides for all ages.

Antique tractors. Area restorers and collectors of antique tractors are invited to show off their treasures once again.

Farm toy display. Several local collectors are combining their treasurers to create an exhibit of farm toys in the 4-H Building on the fairgrounds.

Items will not be for sale, but the collectors will be on hand to talk about getting started in the hobby.

Toy train display. An annual favorite, the Wichita Toy Train Club, will return to display their model train set up in the 4-H Building.

Music and entertainment all day. A variety of performers have been lined up to entertain in the fairgrounds pavilion. Performers and times will be posted at the festival.

New Events

BMX Dirt Competition. One of the new events will be a dirt-bike course for bicyclists that will be created near the tennis courts in the Sports Complex.

The course will be open for practice by 1 p.m. and the actual event will begin at 4 p.m.

Participants will be required to wear a helmet. The entry fee will be $10 and participants can still signup the day of the event.

For more information, call Ron Funk at 947-3243.

A mud volleyball tournament will be making its debut beginning at 8 a.m. For more information call 947-3506.

Another new event will be a baby contest, with registration beginning at 9:15 a.m. Children under 1 year are eligible to participate in the personality contest.

Area cooks can participate in a sausage cookoff by registering by 2 p.m.

Cooks are invited to enter their favorite recipes involving Hillsboro smoked sausage.

An arts and crafts bazaar and bake sale will be held all day. For more information call 947-3506.

Admission to the festival will be a $2 button, which can be purchased upon arrival or in advance from local businesses.

Several of the events will also require entry fees and preregistration.

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