If you have been out and about Hillsboro the past week you have likely seen the rise of outdoor events. Spring usually brings a host of festivals and events to Hillsboro, Oregon, but COVID has locked us down the past year and a half. The dandelions are not the only thing taking off right now! From Farmers Market to Baseball the outdoor events are back for now, and the people of Hillsboro could not be happier.
This past week the Herald staff was able to attend the Hillsboro Farmers’ Markets at both Downtown Hillsboro (Saturday) and Orenco (Sunday). Folks, if this is any indication of how our Spring and Summer is going to be the #AwesomeMeter is going to break the needle off. Of course, we are not out of the woods and we are dancing on the razor’s edge – do we fall back into more restrictions or stay the course? Time will tell.
The open-air, vaccines, and masks, are all a big part of the safe execution of the Farmers’ markets. They are being well attended and the crowds have been respectful. The food, the plants, the art, and the experiences so far have been fabulous! Today you can get to Orenco Farmers’ Market and the two markets will run all year now through October. The smiles and greetings shared among those in attendance are refreshing and wonderful! The food never tasted so good. This is one of those experiences that people have really missed so we encourage you all to get out if you safely can when you can.
This last Friday was the first of Friday Night Bites at the Collective Market / Decadent Creations parking lot. This fun event includes food carts, wine, and food at D’Anu Wine Bar, and the magical products coming from Decadent Creations! Soon the Collective market will open at the complex. In total, this event on a Friday night is not to be missed. Again, safety precautions are taken to make sure the COVID protocols are maintained. The lawns and pic-nick tables make for a terrific outdoor experience and the event sponsors local musical artists each night! This is a Hillsboro “must-do” for those looking to get out and is kid-friendly. Creator Mindy Simmons is to be credited for bringing this event to our community.
Join us to support local food trucks every summer Friday night from 5:00pm-9:00pm!
Patrons are welcome to enjoy live music and yard games while sipping D’Anu award-winning wines & Decadent Creations sweets!
No admission cost. We have lots of picnic tables, and patrons may also bring blankets or lawn chairs to picnic on the lawn!
The Hillsboro Hops are Back!
In other news May 4th, 2021 will bring the return of the Hillsboro Hops baseball team. Baseball is most certainly a Hillsboro tradition and the Hops have made us all very proud as one of the best Minor League teams in the country! While it has been a bit touch and go, the season will start this Tuesday with fans at 25% capacity and great competition. The roster is loaded this year and the Hops, who are affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks of #MLB, are a fun and talented bunch to watch. Here is the press release from the Hillsboro Hops and we encourage all of you locals to get out the ole’ ballpark and enjoy yourselves!
Hillsboro, OR. (March 17, 2021) –The Hillsboro Hops (@HillsboroHops) have been approved to welcome fans back to home games at 25% capacity. The Hops begin the 2021 season on May 4 at Ron Tonkin Field.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome fans back to Ron Tonkin Field,” said Hillsboro Hops President KL Wombacher. “We have the best fans in baseball and can’t wait to see everyone enjoying Hops baseball again very soon!”
In February, the Hops announced that they signed a Professional Development Agreement with MLB and have been promoted from short-season to full season. The Hops season is scheduled to run from May 4 to early September. As a result of the higher level of designation, there will also be a higher level of talent, with players likely to stick around longer in Hillsboro.
The Hillsboro Hops will begin their ninth season as a Diamondbacks’ affiliate, first in a full-season capacity, and 21st year of the partnership dating back to Yakima (2001-12). The Hops spent the previous 8 campaigns (2013-20) as Arizona’s Short-Season A representative, winning 3 league titles (2014-15, ’19).
The Hops will soon communicate additional news regarding the season schedule as well as safety protocols for fans attending games at Ron Tonkin Field prior to the 2021 baseball season.
Our parks are all open, the wineries are hosting events, soccer balls are flying, and the world is getting better. Get out there when you can, safely and soundly, and have fun. The Herald wants to hear from YOU about your events and happenings around our fine city and surrounding community! We are here to serve and support you all!