The 135th Old Settlers Day celebrations will kick off Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 4.
The Old Settlers Fun Run and Walk will begin bright and early on Saturday morning. Registration is set for 7 a.m. with the race to begin at 8 a.m. Participants will meet at 114 E. Wood St. (one block east of Main St. at flashing light by the Orpheum Theatre). One hundred percent of the race's profits benefit the Montgomery County Cancer Association.
Hillsboro's annual festivities will continue on Sunday, Aug. 4. All are invited to attend the Community Church Service, held on the grounds of Beckemeyer Elementary School at 8 a.m. The 2019 Honor Society members will be recognized at the community service. This year's inductees are Madeline (Midge) Baker, John Barnes, Forrest "Wally" and Pamela DeLong, Diane Giller, Paul and Jeannette Huber, Barb Johnson, Carl "Sonny" Leetham, Charles Peterson, Betty Rhodes and Brenda Rompasky. In the case of inclement weather the ceremony will be held at Hillsboro Junior High School.
A brunch will be held immediately following the ceremony at the Hillsboro United Methodist Church. Food and drinks will be provided.
Locals are encouraged to bring in their exhibits to be judged during the Old Settlers Country Fair. Registration will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hillsboro. The exhibit includes cat photos, dog photos, baby photos, historic photos and "Just For Kids" entries. All participants in the "Just For Kids" categories will earn free tickets for rides.
Public display of the Country Fair exhibit will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Child attendees may also enjoy face painting and balloon animals, which will be available at the church's basement from 1 to 3 p.m.
Car enthusiasts will not want to miss the 36th annual Show and Shine Car Show, from noon to 3:30 p.m., downtown Hillsboro. Registration for the open car show will take place beforehand, from 9 a.m. to noon. Trophy presentation is set for 4 p.m.
The car show will feature 28 classes, with first, second and third place trophies to be awarded in each class. Trophies will also be awarded for Best of Show, Old Settlers Association Choice and Kids Choice. For more information on the annual show contact Rod Stewart at 217-556-6986.
The Historic Harkey House will be open to visitors from noon to 3 p.m.
Pet lovers may be interested in entering their four legged friends in the All Breeds Dog Show. The show will begin at 1 p.m. in the lot behind TCCU on Wood Street. Registration will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the lot. Categories include prettiest, ugliest, biggest, smallest, smallest dog under one year old, best costume, best dog trick, cutest puppy and best of show. For more information contact Lori and Paul Stewart at 217-532-5253.
Sertoma Club's much anticipated turtle race will take place at 3:30 p.m. at the courthouse. The friendly competition is open to children age 15 and under. Turtles may not be more than 8 inches in size.
Hillsboro FFA (Future Farmers of America) will host a pedal tractor pull at 1 p.m. on the North side of the Courthouse Square. Registration will take place at 12:30 p.m. The friendly competition is open to children age twelve and under. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place. Each participant will receive four tickets for rides.
The baby crawling and ponytail/pigtail contest will take place at St. Paul's Lutheran Church basement. The baby crawling contest will begin at 1:30 p.m., with registration set for 1 p.m. Ribbons will be awarded immediately after the race.
The ponytail and pigtail competition will take place from 1 to 1:30 p.m. with ribbons to be presented immediately after.
Several local girls will compete for the 2019 Little Miss and Junior Miss Old Settlers titles. The pageant will begin at 2 p.m. at the Hillsboro Moose Club. This year's Little Miss contestants include Alayna Gilbert, Aleeha Gilbert, Adalynn Hollo and Avery Laughlin.
The 2019 Junior Miss contestants are Brooklyn Bechtel, Brynn Connor, Bailey Davis, Lucy Moxey and Reagan Voyles. Vote for Miss Photogenic Little Miss and Junior Miss at CNB Bank and Trust in Hillsboro.
The weekend's festivities will culminate with a live performance from the Big Shake Daddies at 5 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and enjoy the free concert. The Big Shake Daddies play a variety of music including horn-driven rock, soul, rhythm and blues, swing, Motown, Blues Brothers and rock-n-roll oldies. Band members include, Hillsboro area native Brenda Oberle, Rick Gasparin of Springfield, Dwain McAfee of Pana, Buzz Ulrich of Alton, Gary Morris of Alton, Steve McCann of Alton, Larry Black of Glenarm and Dustin Suits of Loami.
Old Settlers celebrations will resume on Wednesday, Aug. 7 and Thursday, Aug. 8. A list of Wednesday's and Thursday's Old Settlers events will be published in the next edition of The Journal-News.