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Annual education celebration takes over farmers market Saturday in downtown Hillsboro.

COURTESY PHOTO - Proud to be HSD is a celebration of Hillsboro schools, and will feature several Hillsboro student-musicians and dancers.Hillsboro School District's annual Proud to be HSD festival returns to downtown this Saturday, May 11.

The one-day celebration of all things educational runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday. Run as part of the Hillsboro Downtown Farmers Market on Main Street, the festival will take over downtown, between First and Third avenues and the Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza.

Student singers, dancers, musicians and poets will perform at the festival, and a new cornhole tournament will pit the skills of the region's best cornhole players against one another.

Returning this year is the popular Mascot Challenge, which pits school mascots from across the district (and a few guests, including Barley, from the Hillsboro Hops) against one another in a friendly competition. The mascots will compete in a series of athletic challenges, from working their way through an obstacle course to rocking out in a dance-off competition.

A variety of downtown businesses will be displaying student artwork as part of the festival. Festivalgoers can win prizes in a scavenger hunt by visiting the downtown businesses.

The festival will showcase the work of after-school science, technology, engineering and math projects and students and teachers will be on-hand to talk about projects in the district's college and career pathways and Teen Marketplace entrepreneurs will have booths for their businesses.

According to the district, about 70% of people living in the Hillsboro School District don't have children enrolled. The festival began four years ago as a way to showcase the accomplishments of students in Hillsboro schools.

The school district is looking for volunteers interested in helping with the festival. Parent and student volunteers can sign up on the district's website, hsd.k12.or.us/festival.


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