Three festivals planned in Hillsborough

Sep. 22, 2013 @ 08:21 AM

It’s a big day for fairs and festivals in Hillsborough on Saturday.
In downtown Hillsborough, the Fresh Roots Festival will feature the weekly farmer’s market, games for kids at the courthouse, music in the afternoon and beer in the evening.
The Northern Orange Community Resource Fair will be held at the Big Barn, where people can learn about health, financial and community resources from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Meanwhile, over at the Occaneechee/Orange Speedway, car and history buffs can talk cars and chat with race car drivers at the 7th Annual Celebration of the Automobile Racers Reunion and Car Show.
The Fresh Roots Festival takes place in downtown Hillsborough. Restaurants, bars and shops will be opening their doors to visitors, and the Hillsborough Gallery of Art will feature children’s activities, including sidewalk chalk drawing and a scavenger hunt inside the gallery beginning at 10 a.m. and running until 2 p.m.
At 2 p.m., musicians and singers will perform on the courthouse lawn, and later, the Billsborough Music Hall and Mystery Brewing will hold an after-party.
Head south from downtown around 11 a.m. to the Big Barn, where the Northern Orange Community Resource Fair will be held for the first time.
Last year, the fair was held at the Schley Grange Hall in northern Orange County but not as many people attended as organizers hoped, so this year they decided to centralize the location to attract more people, said Lisa Bachman, a member of the fair’s board of directors.
The fair is for anyone who needs services or wants to know about services, she said.
UNC Health Care is sponsoring the fair, and members of the UNC Student Health Action Coalition will do glucose screenings, vision screenings and blood pressure screening, as well has provide information about physical therapy for various types of ailments and patients.
Piedmont Health Services will provide information about its clinics, which provide medical and dental services on a sliding scale.
“We should be really covered for people coming in for advice and how to get referrals and find a place to be treated,” Bachman said.
In addition to health providers, the 4-H, the RSVP 55+ program, Solid Waste Management, the Department on Aging, the Partnership to End Homelessness, Emergency Services, Cooperative Extension, the Department on Housing, Human Rights and Community Development, the Orange County Library, the Sportsplex, the Ronald McDonald House, the Veteran’s Administration, PAWS Forever, EMS, Legal Aid, the Educational Opportunity Center, and counselors who can help people avoid foreclosure and learn how to prepare to buy a house will all be on hand.
“I think we have an amazing variety of providers this year, Bachman said.
Door prizes, which include memberships at the Sportsplex as well as gas and grocery gift cards, will be awarded during the fair.
If you’re a car lover, head on over to the old Occaneechee Speedway off Highway 70 on Elizabeth Brady Road, where some of the greatest race car drivers sped around the dirt track there in the 1950s and 1960s.
Marvin Patch will be the featured driver at this year’s reunion, but there will be many other VIP guests, including drivers, their crew members and racing historians at the track on Saturday.
At 1:45 p.m., the drivers will drive a few laps around the old track.
On Friday night, there’s a cruise-in at the Big Barn, featuring music, cars and awards.
The Big Barn is at 388 JA Max Street, Hillsborough, which is on the east side of South Churton Street just north of the Interstate 85 interchange.