Visitors to downtown Hillsboro enjoyed food, entertainment and a 5K glow run Saturday as part of the Taste of Highland County and the Hope for Highland County Glow Run.
The Taste of Highland County is an event that aims to bring the community together for food and fun in a relaxed atmosphere, and the 5K glow run, organized by local nonprofit group Hope for Highland County, is a fundraiser aimed at bringing sober living facilities into the county.
The combined events were staged primarily around the Highland County Courthouse and on Governor Trimble and Governor Foraker places.
The second-annual Taste of Highland County featured food, games, bounce houses, live entertainment, face-painting, balloons for kids, crafters and other activities prior to the 5K glow run, as well as a number of booths with information to raise awareness about substance abuse, and more.
“It was a fantastic day,” said Sharon Hughes, media sales director for The Times-Gazette, who organized the event. “We had a much bigger turnout than last year, many more vendors, and perfect weather.”
Local band Blue Steel was the featured entertainment, along with performances by Herb Day, Troy Wait, Matt Roberts, Tatum Burns and many others. Habitat for Humanity was on hand providing information and selling chances to win an appliance.
The event was sponsored by the city of Hillsboro, NCB, Merchants National Bank, The Times-Gazette, Buckeye Country WSRW/WCHO, Liberty Lions Club and Hillsboro Elks 361.
Hughes thanked all the sponsors, vendors, Jump Start Music, the YMCA, and the Hillsboro Uptown Business Association for contributing to the success of the event.
“We’ll come back next year bigger and better,” said Hughes.
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