At this time of year, folks, especially parents, are most likely to be thinking about two major events coming right up in Hillsboro…The Firemen’s 62nd Annual Labor Day Celebration Fundraiser and the start of school, not necessarily in that order.
This year, the beginning of a new year of classes will be on Sept. 1, before the Labor Day weekend from Sept. 4-7, for a change.
The Hillsboro Firemen have spent many months in preparation for the popular annual event, including a new amusement company, Crescent City Amusements, in charge of all the exciting rides that are such a big attraction for the kids and a few extremely brave adults.
The new company has gained the full approval of the Firemen’s Park and Hall Board President Mike Clark.
“This is a top notch outfit that is run professionally,” Clark said. “They have a staff of workers running the rides that are highly trained to operate a variety of rides and games. It’s all going to be new and colorful right down to the concession stands.”
The popular wrist band plan that allows visitors to enjoy the free rides all day and night is once again in effect.
One of the new features that is sure to be a top attraction is “Knockerball.” The firemen have purchased a dozen of the new super-durable, inflatable “bubbles” which, when worn by an individual causes a feeling of weightlessness.
“When several people are running around in Knockerballs, it turns into some big time laughter,” Clark said.
In addition, many of the favorite events from last year will return, including the lawn mower races, garden tractor pull, craft fair, two highly regarded bands, the traditional Lions Club Bingo Bash Sunday at 1 p.m. and plenty of burgers and chicken on the grill, along with world-class, delicious pies.
The excitement of crowning this year’s Labor Day Queen has already started and will conclude with loud applause on Monday at 2 p.m.
Once again, those in good physical condition from kids to grandparents, will be competing in the Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital Fun Run/Walk at 9 a.m. preceded by registration in the parking lot.
Of course, Hillsboro’s very traditional Labor Day Parade will begin downtown at 10:30 a.m. Monday and continue past the cheering, waving crowds that always line Water Ave. all the way to Firemen’s Park.
For more information on special events, please phone:
• Parade entries: Mike at 608-495-0787.
• Queen contest: Nicole at 608-606-9334.
• Fun Run-Walk rules and entry: Mark at 608-489-8260, Ext. 8261
• Craft Fair: Linda at 608-475-2724.