With forecasters predicting inclement weather throughout the day Saturday and into Saturday evening, members of the Hillsboro Uptown Business Association (HUBA) decided late Friday to postpone the holiday events that were scheduled for Saturday afternoon and evening.
Hillsboro’s first-ever nighttime illuminated parade, along with Santa’s Workshop, a live nativity and a wreath ceremony at the Highland County Veterans Memorial have all been postponed until Saturday, Dec. 12, according to Joe Mahan, president of HUBA.
Mahan said organizers are waiting until Dec. 12 because they do not want to conflict with Greenfield’s parade, scheduled for Dec. 5.
The National Weather Service in Wilmington predicts rain on Saturday with a high around 53. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent, according to the service. New precipitation amounts are expected between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Saturday night, more rain is in the forecast before midnight with a low around 42. The chance of rain Saturday night is 80 percent, with new precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Hillsboro’s first nighttime, illuminated parade was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Before that, a Santa’s Workshop was scheduled in The Times-Gazette’s Media Room from 4:30-6 p.m. A holiday wreath ceremony was set for the Highland County Veterans Memorial at 6 p.m., and a live nativity was on the schedule following the parade.
But Mahan said that after looking at the forecast and considering all options, the decision was made to postpone Saturday’s festivities.
Officials in Wilmington announced late Friday that most of its outdoor activities planned in connection with its annual HoliDazzle celebration are canceled, but the parade is still on, pending a decision by 1 p.m.
According to the Wilmington HoliDazzle Facebook page, “HoliDazzle’s downtown OUTDOOR activities are canceled due to predicted inclement weather! Children’s indoor games are also canceled. All other INDOOR activities are a GO!!! …Currently, the parade is still ON. A decision to cancel or not will be made at 1:00 tomorrow (Saturday).”
Mahan said that waiting until Saturday to decide the fate of Hillsboro’s parade was not a good option.
“I can’t cut it that close,” said Mahan. He said he talked with other HUBA members, as well as Brian Vance, who provides the stage and the announcing, along with Tim Sheeley, who was providing the animals for the live nativity. He said all were in agreement to postpone the event.
“If we have precipitation on Dec. 12, maybe it will be snow,” said Mahan.
Mahan said he was contacting all parade entrants to inform them of the decision. Earlier, Mahan said that 50 entrants were scheduled for the parade.