The 53rd Annual Hillsboro Arts and Crafts Fair and the 44th Annual Marion Art in the Park and Craft Show will bring exhibitors from all over Marion County.
Marion’s show will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 17 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 18 in Central Park. Hillsboro’s will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 on Main Street.
Margo Yates, Director of Community Enrichment for Marion, expects 120 exhibitors at Marion from various parts of the country.
“We have hot corn from Arkansas and metal yard art from Oklahoma,” she said.
Foods such as shaved ice, cotton candy, lemonades, chicken salad, walking tacos and funnel cake fries will be available. Marion’s firefighters will cook burgers Saturday at the park’s old gazebo, and high school boosters will make bierocks, which Yates says sells out every year.
A Korean food truck – new to the fair – will arrive on Sunday.
“I think it will be a draw on Sunday,” Yates said.
The Hillsboro Fair, which typically draws larger crowds than the Marion Fair, will feature 180 exhibitors from across the Midwest, manager Cait Hall said.
A jury hand-selects each vendor, she said. The fair features home decor, garden art, wood crafts, jewelry, gifts, seasonal decor, bath and spa items, clothing, food and merchandise. for babies and children.
The Hillsboro Lions Club, Kiwanis and the Chamber of Commerce will be selling food. The First Mennonite Church will sell German food.
The Hillsboro Fair does not allow party-based or multi-level marketing ventures. It also does not allow flea market or antiques.
Hillsboro Mayor Lou Thurston said he looks forward to the fair every year.
“It has a long tradition,” Thurston said. “It’s a lot of fun and it brings a lot of people to town.”
Residents “love seeing the crowds,” he said. “I think the nature of the small town is appealing. I look forward to helping, welcoming people and welcoming them to Hillsboro.