September 27th & 28th, 2019
IBCA State Championship
The 28th Annual Cotton Pickin’ Fair will be held in downtown Hillsboro on Friday and Saturday, September 27th & 28th. Join us for the kickoff Street Dance & Concert with Meagan Burkhart-Vaughn at 9pm on Friday, September 27th. The Main Stage is set up at the corner of Covington Street and Franklin Street on the Historic Hill County Courthouse Square. Select food vendors will be available on Friday night.
The fair opens at 10am on Saturday with a full day of fun and music. Performers include Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do at 10am, The Hillsboro Golden Eagle Band at 11am, Winner of Hillsboro’s Got Talent at Noon, Michael Baze at 1pm, and the Michael Saldana Band at 2:30pm. The headline concerts begin at 4:50pm with The British Are Coming, Phil Pritchett at 6:20pm, and The Morticians at 8pm.
This year’s fair will also include an International Barbecue Cookers Association sanctioned State Championship BBQ cook-off. Prizes include 100% of the entry fees plus $1,000.
Inflatable Alley returns again with a brand new area of Midway games this year on Saturday, September 28th from 10am until 6pm. It will be located on Covington Street and will include 8 inflatable rides, games, and activities along with almost two dozen midway games. Come ready to have a great time with the whole family. Rides and games are appropriate for all ages. Unlimited Ride armbands for Inflatable Alley may be purchased at the gate for $10 per person and will be good from 10am to 6pm on Saturday. Midway games are individually priced, but are at rates that guarantee the average family can enjoy lots of fun.
There will also be over 100 vendor spaces featuring every type of fair food imaginable along with outstanding art and craft vendors. The Hillsboro Farmers Market will be open from 8am until 1pm.
The fair will be around the Hill County Courthouse Square. Be sure to check out downtown restaurants and shops as many will be offering specials during fair weekend.
Schedule of Events
All concerts will be on the Main Stage
at the corner of Franklin St & Covington St
Friday, September 27th
2pm - BBQ Cook-Off Contestants may begin setting up
5:30pm - Franklin & Covington Streets close
7pm - IBCA State BBQ Cook-Off Cooker's Meeting at Historic City Hall (127 E Franklin St)
8pm - Select Food Vendors Open
9pm - Concert and Street Dance with
Saturday, September 28th
6:30am - Vendors may begin setting up
8am - Hillsboro Farmers Market Opens
10am - Vendors Open
10am - Inflatable Alley & Midway Games Open
10am - Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do
11am - Hillsboro High School "Golden Eagle Band"
Noon - Chicken Judging (Historic City Hall)
Noon - Loveless Duo
1pm - Bazze
1:30pm - Pork Ribs Judging (Historic City Hall)
2:30pm - The Michael Saldana Band
3pm - Brisket Judging (Historic City Hall)
4:50pm - The British Are Coming
6pm - Inflatable Alley & Midway Games Close
6:20pm - Phil Pritchett
8pm - The Morticians