Hill County Paw Pals, Hill County, Texas

“Waggin Trail Bike Ride” Scheduled May 2nd (first Saturday)
along with Outlets at
Hillsboro’s Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Two of Hill County’s finest community oriented organizations, Hill County Paw Pals and Hillsboro Police Department Community Outreach Programs, have joined together to launch the second annual “Waggin Trail Bike Ride” which has been scheduled on the first Saturday of May (May 2nd).  The event is planned with five routes to meet the needs of avid cyclists to the casual rider to include 70, 58, 40, 26, and 10 mile routes.  Hillsboro Lions Club has once again volunteered to manage the registration for this event which will start at 6:30am.  We are proud to announce Outlets at Hillsboro as the event sponsor where planned activities from 11-7pm will include Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Tractor Supply’s 2nd annual Chihuahua Dog Races.  The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta will offer live music and activities for children to include face paintings and a bounce house and admission will be free.

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for fifth of May) commemorates the Mexican army’s unpredicted defeat of the French army where the Mexicans were outnumbered two-to-one and up against a force much better-equipped and had known no defeat for 50 years.  Since this victory, no army from another continent has again invaded the Americas.

The planned routes of Waggin Trail Bike Ride will offer cyclists a unique tour of rural Central Texas.  Hill County is 986 square miles of rural area that is joined together with miles and miles of splendid paved farm to market roads.  With a combined county population of only 33,000, Hill County offers plenty of wide open spaces.  On many areas of the bike ride, one can see for miles around—the splendid beauty of open land—flowing creeks, pastures with cattle and horses grazing, farmers’ cultivated fields, and proud, rural communities.

All Waggin Trail routes will start at Outlets at Hillsboro and run though Hillsboro’s historic town square where the famed county courthouse stands.  Built in 1890 and gutted by fire on New Years day 1993, it has been completely restored thanks to the aid of community members, two Willie Nelson concerts, and the Texas Courthouse Alliance.  This massive three-story limestone structure is an impressive seven stories high, making it the tallest structure in Hill County and it can be seen from many miles around.  Hillsboro is known for its historic buildings and features Victorian Bed and Breakfast homes, antique stores, and a popular outlet mall.

The varied routes all explore the back roads of Hill County and go through communities that were established during the 1850’s when Hill County was created and named after Dr. George W. Hill, a settler who served as a congressman and Secretary of War for the Republic of Texas.  This spring season will have a full abundance of Texas wildflowers in bloom—notably, bluebonnets—the Texas State flower, so named by the Texas Legislature in 1901.  Named for its color and it is said, the resemblance of its petal to a woman’s sunbonnet, bluebonnets have been loved since man first trod the vast prairies of Texas.  Native Americans wove fascinating folk tales around them and the early-day Spanish priests gathered the seeds and grew them around their missions.  This practice gave rise to the myth that the padres had brought the plant from Spain, but this cannot be true since the two predominant species of bluebonnets are found growing naturally only in Texas and nowhere else in the world.

The planning committee for this event, in alphabetical order, are: Hillsboro Chief of Police Tony Cain, Paw Pals Director Lana Crow, Dr. Lane Dykes, Outlets at Hillsboro Marketing and Special Events Manager Rebecca Galuppo, Paw Pals Director Mike Hendricks, and Reverend Reed Justus.

Because Hill County has so many available rural roads, Waggin Trail Bike Ride routes will be altered to change the scenery from year to year.  All offer picturesque scenery just waiting to be enjoyed with your family and friends while at the same time supporting two worthy organizations.

For more information about the bike ride, please visit www.waggintrailbikeride.com; www.outlestathillsboro; or call (254) 580-0679.