The first-ever Taste of Highland County was held Saturday in uptown Hillsboro under perfect fall conditions, with food, bakery, craft vendors and local entertainers greeting hundreds of residents who attended the event throughout the day.
Sharon Hughes, the Times-Gazette media sales director who organized the happening for the Hillsboro Uptown Business Association, said Saturday’s affair was a success, but she and others learned lessons to build on next year.
Hughes said the food providers on hand – Alley 21, Cowaburger, Shane Wilkin’s Wut Up Dawg hot dog stand, and the Eagles, along with a number of baked goods vendors – were popular with those who attended and did brisk business throughout the day and evening.
The food vendor booths and craft displays were augmented by a steady stream of local entertainers who performed on a stage set up where Gov. Trimble and Gov. Foraker places meet.
“People really enjoyed the local performers,” said Hughes. “It was great to have an event to showcase their talents.”
Local performers throughout the day included Katelyne Adams, Bryana Boone, Matt Roberts, Elijah Sprague and Tatum Burns.
Hughes said the night was capped off by a rousing performance by singer and songwriter Craig Allen and his band. Also featured for the kids earlier in the day was magician Pennington the Wizard. Jason Burns’ Jump Start Music provided lights and sound.
The event was presented jointly by the City of Hillsboro, the Hillsboro Uptown Business Association (HUBA) and the Highland County Visitors Bureau. Other sponsors included Merchants National Bank, NCB and The Times-Gazette.
“We’re already planning next year’s Taste of Highland County,” said Hughes. “This was a great event for the first-ever showcase, and we’ll build on it every year.”
See the Taste of Highland County’s Facebook page for more pictures from Saturday’s event.