Hillsboro gears up to celebrate 125th birthday this weekend

The city of Hillsboro will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of its incorporation with a variety of events starting Thursday through July 3. The public is invited to all of the events; those who come are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

In addition to the 125th anniversary, the festivities will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the stately Schaeffler House, built in 1909 by William and Ida Schaeffler, the leading business family in Hillsboro during the early decades. The Victorian-style house, located at the corner of Grand and Jefferson streets, is now a city-owned museum.

Thursday, June 25

The festivities begin at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thurs?day, June 25, with an ?Anniversary Night Farmer?s Market? at the Schaeffler House.

Vendors will offer herbs, flowers and the season?s first garden produce. The Friends of the Hillsboro Museums will serve a sloppy-joe meal and Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church women will host a bake sale.

A group of local musicians called Four Docs and a Quack will provide music.

Friday, June 26

From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the party moves to Main Street, where the Hills?boro Chamber of Commerce will host a birthday cake and ice cream social with music provided by the local Schnigglefritz Band.

During that time, contestants in the Great Hillsboro Beard Contest will be judged, a time capsule buried during Hills?boro?s centennial in 1984 will be opened and the community?s past and present mayors will be recognized.

The program also will include the presentation of residents? ?Gifts to the City,? which are volunteer projects that will be done to enhance the community. The list of potential projects was created by city staff.

Saturday, June 27

Starting at 10:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m., the community will celebrate the 100th birthday of the Schaeffler House with an antique car show at the Grand and Jefferson site.

The Friends of the Hillsboro Museums will host an 1870-1937 fashion show by Vintage Fashion Inc. of Abilene from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Immediately following the show, interested people can participate in a vintage-clothing contest; entry forms can be picked up at Quilts & Quiltracks.

An old-fashioned chicken picnic will be offered on the Schaeffler lawn from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost for the meal will be $5 for adults and $2.50 for children.

School-age children are invited to play organized games at Memorial Park from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

From 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., guests can take in a bed-turning program at Quilts & Quilt?racks, 130 N. Main. During the same time, Molly?s on Main, an antiques store at 104 S. Main, will host a player-piano demonstration.

To cap the day, the Hillsboro Family Aquatic Center will be open for free swimming from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, June 28

The celebration continues at 2 p.m. with the ribbon-cutting opening of ?Joining the American Mosaic,? a new exhibit at the Museum Visitors Center near Memorial Park. The event will include short presentations from Mayor Delores Dalke and Keith Ebel, great-grandson of William and Ida Schaeffler.

Afterward, the public can participate in an open house and free tours of the Peter Paul Loewen House through 5 p.m.

Thursday, July 2

After a few days off, the 125th celebration resumes with the Hillsboro Farmers Market at the Schaeffler House from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The market will offer baked goods, hand-made arts and crafts, and an assortment of other interesting things.

The Hillsboro Kiwanis Club will serve a homemade meal, and the Schaeffler House will be open for tours at a special rate during market hours.

Friday, July 3

The following evening from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friends of the Hillsboro Museums will host the fourth ?Fourth of July Eve at the Schaeffler House.? Hot dogs and ice cream will be on the all-American menu.

The evening will begin with the American Legion Color Guard and the national anthem followed by the presentation of the The Gettysburg Address by Hillsboro resident and former State Rep. Don Dahl as Abraham Lincoln.

At 6:20 p.m., children will provide a ?Red, White and Blue Parade? directed by former Hillsboro High School principal Dale Honeck as Uncle Sam. Games and sparklers, lit by the Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Depart?ment, will follow for the children.

At 6:45 p.m., HHS student Olivia Kliewer will sing. At 7 p.m., Mayor Delores Dalke will talk about the significance of the city?s 125th anniversary, then introduce the keynote speaker, State Rep. Bob Brookens.

The evening will conclude with visiting, plus music by the local group, Bob and the Boys.

For more information about these events, call 620-947-3775 or visit hillsboro-museums.com/ 125th.html.

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