The 135th annual Old Settlers Days celebration will continue Wednesday, Aug. 7 and Thursday, Aug. 8.
Wednesday's events will begin at 4 p.m. when the Old Settlers Art Show Gallery opens. The gallery will be open to the public from 4 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, located on the Courthouse Square in Hillsboro. The Old Settlers Art Show features work by local artists and craftsmen. Registration for the art show will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6.
The art show will feature entries from adults and students, from preschool to 12th grade. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each category. Best in Show will be awarded for art and photography in the adult division and a best in show will be awarded in the student division. An impartial judge will conduct a general critique at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7, after prizes have been awarded. All entries must be picked up between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9.
Concessions will open for lunch at noon. Rides will begin at 5 p.m. and run until close.
Attendees will not want to miss the 2019 Parade of Queen candidates, along with their escorts and sponsors, at 7 p.m. This year's contestants are Josie Havens, sponsored by CTI Fiber, Caitlyn Howard, sponsored by Hillsboro Masonic Lodge, Erin Moore, sponsored by Hillsboro Lions Club, Morgan Schaake, sponsored by Imagine Hillsboro, Malorie Scurlock, sponsored by Hillsboro Rotary Club and Brianna Stephens, sponsored by Hillsboro Moose Lodge.
Randy Prange will emcee this year's coronation, which will be start at 7:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Stage. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Hillsboro High School.
The raffle prize drawing will take place at 8 p.m., following the 2019 Old Settlers Queen coronation The grand prize is $750, first prize is $500 and second prize is $250.
Wednesday's festivities will culminate with an Ace Oxygen and The Ozones reunion concert at 8:15 p.m.
The band formed locally when the members were students at Hillsboro Area High School and includes Rob Edwards, Brian Graden, Brad Hart, Natalie Fuller, Mark Scheibal and Ron Leible. It has been ten years since Ace Oxygen and The Ozones last performed together, at a reunion show at Hillsboro Moose Lodge. Attendees are encouraged not to miss this performance. Grab a lawn chair and head to the Courthouse Stage for the free concert.
Thursday's event packed schedule begins at 10 a.m. with the Kiddie Parade. Line up for the parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church Parking lot. Judging will be held at 9:30 a.m. This year's theme is The World Through My Eyes and participants have several category options including, floats, mini-floats, pets, vehicles and walkers.
Concessions and rides will open immediately following the Kiddie Parade. Rides will run all day, with a brief closure during the big parade. Rides are discounted throughout the day on Thursday, until 4 p.m. The World Harvest Church is sponsoring a cooling center from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Event attendees may utilize the church to cool down and use their bathrooms. The cooling center will also feature free water and snacks. The church is located at 102 North Main Street, on the Courthouse Square.
The Quilt Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. The Old Settlers gallery will reopen at 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. A special exhibit of artwork by Miranda Singler will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Historic Harkey House and the Blackman/Evans House, located at 904 South Main Street, will open to visitors from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This year's Distinguished Alumni Award winners will be recognized by the Hillsboro Education Foundation Honors from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mulligan's Restaurant at the Hillsboro Country Club. This year's honorees are Nancy Bliss Slepicka, class of 1965, Amy Cobetto Stewart, class of 1973 and Jerry Parola, class of 1957.
Spectators may want to put out their lawn chairs and blankets early, to reserve seating for the Old Settlers Parade, which will start at 6:30 p.m. Fern Burke will be grand marshal of this year's parade, themed The World Through My Eyes. Parade lineup will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the lower parking lot, at Hillsboro High School. The parade will line up on East Tremont Street and turn north on Main Street to the courthouse. It then turns east on Brailley Street to Broad Street, travels south on Broad Street to East Wood Street, travels east one block to Rountree Street and proceeds south on Rountree Street, where it disbands on East Tremont Street.
Following the parade, rides and concessions will continue into the evening. Thursday night's entertainment lineup includes the Silver Bullet Band on the Courthouse Stage at 8 p.m. The Bob Seger tribute band's members are Steve Tinnon, Greg Bishop, Ron Vitale, Mark Crowell, Louis Michael, Ellen Rogers Sipes, Shere Johnson and Mark Huth. Also at 8 p.m., the German Waterloo Band will perform live in front of McKay Auto Parts Store. Both concerts are free.