Taste of Highland County Oct. 14 in Hillsboro

Taste of Highland County Oct. 14 in Hillsboro

Second annual event set for Oct. 14 in Hillsboro

By Lora Abernathy

Matt Roberts was one of several local performers who entertained visitors during the 2016 Taste of Highland County in Hillsboro.

Sharon Hughes can be found most days patronizing a Highland County shop. She “bought local” long before it was cool. And her weekends usually include an adventure with her grandson — and what she cooked up for their meals each day.

It’s not a stretch, then, that the Taste of Highland County was her idea.

“We’re always asking (the businesses) to give,” Hughes said, “so, I said, let’s do something for the businesses.”

The second annual event is a way for people to taste the food available from Highland County restaurants, chefs, bakers and other food providers. It’s set for 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 on Gov. Trimble Place in Hillsboro. Admission to the event is free, but vendors will charge a small fee for their food.

While food is at the heart of the event, there will be other types of vendors with their goods for sale, and plenty of entertainment is being lined up throughout the day, with Blue Steel set to be the main headliner.

The food vendors must be from Highland County, but other vendors can be from outside the county.

Shane Wilkin, the owner of Wut Up Dog, participated in last year’s event and is returning this year.

“Last year, it was just a good, fun event,” said Wilkin, also a Highland County commissioner. “It was interesting to see all the different things you may not have known were available in Highland County.”

Hughes said she was happy about last year’s turnout and hopes to double it this year, with support from residents of neighboring counties.

The Taste of Highland County is Hughes’ idea, but she’s quick to point out that she could not do it without the support of the event’s sponsors. Those include the City of Hillsboro, Hillsboro Elks 361, Hillsboro Uptown Business Association, Merchants National Bank, NCB and The Times-Gazette.

To participate as a vendor, or for more information, contact Hughes, the media sales director of The Times-Gazette, at 937-393-3456. More information can also be found on the Taste of Highland County’s Facebook page.

Lora Abernathy