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Neighbors to gather for annual Colony Days


Aurora's biggest event of the year will be this weekend, featuring a parade, concerts, art show and much more

Aurora residents will celebrate their own little corner of the world Aug. 9-10 with the theme Neighbors in Paradise for the 2014 Aurora Colony Days celebration.

The annual event boasts streets filled with antiques, a pancake breakfast, an art show and sale, pPhoto Credit: RAY HUGHEY - The Aurora Colony Days Parade, which starts at 11 a.m., features children on bikes and even a man on stilts.arade and concerts.

Events get underway Friday with the artists reception 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pythian Hall at 14979 Second St. N.E. The Colony Days Art Show and Sale will be held there 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The winner of the McLaren Best of Show award will receive $100 cash. Winner of the Wallflowers People’s Choice Award will receive a $100 gift certificate.

The featured artist for the 2014 show and sale is Brad Isom, of Charbonneau. His favorite subjects are those of his childhood home in the Southwest, landscape, flowers, wildlife and all things Oregon.

Entries are still open for two Saturday events, the 5K run-walk and the Aurora Colony Days Parade.

The 5K run-walk will get underway at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Aurora Old Colony Museum. The 1K fun run for kids starts at 8:30 a.m.

The Aurora Colony Days parade will kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday from Main and Liberty streets. Registrations will be accepted the morning of the parade.

Judging categories include best theme, best spirit, grand marshal’s choice, best classic/vintage vehicle, best pet and quirkiest float.

Byron and Dorothy Schriever will reign as the celebration’s king and queen and Dennis Keister will be the parade marshal. Guy Sperb will ride in the parade as the volunteer of the year.

Saturday activities get a hearty start with a pancake feed 7 to 11 a.m. at the American Legion Hall.

Next up are the 5K run-walk and the 1K kids fun run.

The downtown will be taken over 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. by the Outdoor Antiques and Vintage Faire. McLaren Auction Services will appraise antiques at $5 an item with proceeds benefiting the Backpack Buddies program.

The art show and sale opens at 10 a.m. and the Colony Days Parade steps off at 11 a.m. at Main and Liberty streets.

The Old Aurora Colony Museum will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday activities wind up with the final concert in the park at the amphitheater. The Rob Rainwater & Friends band will open at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Cheeseburgers at 7 p.m.

Aurora Colony Days schedule of events

Friday, Aug. 8

  • 6-8 p.m. — Artists Reception (Pythian Hall)
  • Saturday, Aug. 9

  • 7-11 a.m. — Pancake Feed (American Legion Hall)
  • 7:30 a.m. — 5K Run/Walk
  • 8:30 a.m. — 1K Fun Run for Kids (Old Aurora Colony Museum)
  • 8 a.m.-4 p.m. — Outdoor Antiques and Vintage Faire (Downtown Aurora)
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Antique Appraisals (McLaren Auction Services)
  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Art Show and Sale (Pythian Hall)
  • 11 a.m. — Aurora Colony Days Parade (begins at Main Street and Liberty Street)
  • 11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Old Aurora Colony Museum open
  • 5-10 p.m. — Concert in the Park (Aurora City Park Amphitheatre)
  • Sunday, Aug. 10

  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Art Show and Sale (Pythian Hall)
  • noon-4 p.m. — Old Aurora Colony Museum open