Hildreth will soon be celebrating its 125th anniversary. They have planned three days of events for people of all ages, including parades, races, games and lots of food.
Hildreth was first settled by German immigrants around 1873. But the village really got off the ground in 1885 when the railroad arrived. With major support from Carson Hildreth, the town was incorporated in 1886.
Hildreth’s population passed 600 in the early 1900s but now hovers between 360-400.
The celebration will begin on Friday, July 1, with a dinner at Wilcox-Hildreth Middle School and will culminate Sunday evening with a fireworks show at the park.
The complete schedule is listed below. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 308-938- 4035. Pre-paid tickets can be picked up at the door.
Friday, July 1
Melodrama and dinner at Wilcox-Hildreth Middle School, 613 Nelson Street. The melodrama is directed by Carol Loschen and starts a cast of six or more. The show is dedicated to the memory of one of Hildreth’s beloved school marms, Rose Hemje.
6:00 p.m. – Dinner
7:30 p.m. – Melodrama
Theater Only Tickets
Adults (12 & Over) $10
Ages 5 – 12 $7
4 & Under Free
Theater only tickets can be prepurchased or will be available for purchase at the door.
Saturday, July 2
8:00 a.m. – Friends of the Library bake sale
9:00 a.m. – Opening ceremony by City Hall.
Balloon release (balloons sold for $1 each) by Fritz’s Market.
10:30 a.m. – Youth parade (line up 2 blocks North of City Hall starting at 10:00 a.m.).
10:45 a.m. – Tractor parade (10:15 a.m. line up at Lions Field on East side of Hildreth).
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Lunch by the Trinity Youth Group & Boy Scouts at the park
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Hole-in-One Contest at the Downtown Hildreth Golf Course
($2,000 prize for a hole in one or $500 for closest to hole if no hole in one plus giveaways).
Kids games in the park.
Kids tractor pull 2:00 p.m.
2:30 p.m. – Road rally (registration at Double D’s Pub & Grill).
Bingo at picnic shelter.
5:00 p.m. – Supper by the Macon Lions Club at the park until food is gone.
7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – Concert by One Horse Town at the park. Bring lawn chairs or blankets if possible.
Sunday, July 3
9:00 a.m. – Rolls, juice, and coffee at Trinity Lutheran Church – Sponsored by Trinity Youth Group.
10:30 a.m. – Church services at Trinity Lutheran Church, 502 Sanders Ave.
Potluck lunch at church following services. Visitors are welcome – Plenty of food is available!
1:30 p.m. – Q125 Parade (Hildreth – Past, Present, and Future theme). (registration for parade begins at 12:30 p.m. at Lions Field on East side of Hildreth).
Build-a-boat races at park.
3:30 p.m. – Kayak races at pool (Kayaks supplied. Please bring your own life jackets and helmets).
Cardboard boat races at pool (contact Matt at The State Bank of Hildreth for the rules 308-938-2155). Cardboard boat races sponsored by Hildreth Lions Club.
Flag decommission by the Boy Scouts.
6:00 p.m. – Firemen’s BBQ at park until food is gone.
6:30 p.m. Final drawing for Q125 raffle prizes at picnic shelter. Tickets available at Q125 Store.
Ice cream social at park.
8:00 p.m. – Duck dive at pool.
Fireworks at park – dusk