Fun at the 5th-Annual Heritage Music Festival
Laugh, cry, eat, shop and dance at the Heritage Music Festival, Labor Day weekend
in Hillsboro. Folk, country, and western singer-songwriters will move you with their
storytelling, and bluegrass and rockabilly bands will get you out on the dance floor.
Home-cooked local food will tempt you, and the popular Silent Auction will get you
bidding for art and crafts, historical items and curiosities.
The 5th-annual Festival is scheduled Saturday, September 3, from 1 to 9 PM, at the
historic adobe Hillsboro Community Center. Atop the south hill of town, the HCC offers
a commanding panoramic view of the community and the Gila wilderness to the west.
The musical talent will perform as follows:
Tickets are $10 per band. $20 buys a day pass for adults. Children 12 and under are free.
Advance tickets will be on sale at the Percha Creek Traders (a local artists’ coop) at 300
Main Street, in Hillsboro. Tickets may be reserved with a credit card and picked up on
the day of the event. Call 575-895-5116.
The Heritage Music Festival is presented by the Hillsboro Historical Society, which will
use any proceeds to help fund their work. During the afternoon, the Historical Society
will draw the winner to a stunning iron-wood sculpture, valued at $2000, and unveil a
new book, Around Hillsboro, about the history of Hillsboro, Kingston and Lake Valley.
The region has “had its share of Indian wars, range conflicts, prostitutes, rustlers, flood
and politicos who rose to fame and fell in shame, but it also had miners, ranchers and
businessmen who lived peaceful daily lives.”
The current residents of this lovely tree-lined village include ranchers, retirees, artists,
and writers. A few remaining prospectors still collect silt from the banks of the clear
Percha creek, to pan for gold. But today Hillsboro has things money can’t buy… clean
air, a relaxed pace of life, and good neighbors. They invite you to visit their community
and celebrate their heritage.