The city of Aurora will herald its historical heritage during the 2013 Aurora Colony Days Friday through Sunday.

The 2013 celebration pays homage to the Aurora Historical Society by adopting its 50th anniversary theme “Preserving the Past for the Future.”

“We adopted their theme for Colony Days this year to recognize the contributions they have made to the community,” said Betsy Imholt, spokeswoman for the 2013 Colony Days committee.

The Aug. 9-11 celebration gets underway Friday 6-8 p.m. with an Artists Reception at the Pythian Hall at Second and Liberty streets.

The Aurora Arts Association’s Annual show and sale will be held there from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Registration will be 4-9 p.m. Thursday.

The featured artist is Portland painter Holly Osborne, who grew up in the Canby-Aurora area.

She is an abstract narrative painter who works with multiple mediums on a variety of surfaces.

Saturday activities get underway with a pancake breakfast at the American Legion Hall at 7 a.m. The 1K-5K run-walk starting from the Old Aurora Colony Museum at 7:30 a.m. Registration opens at 6:45 a.m.

The Outdoor Antiques Faire opens at 8 a.m. Saturday and runs until 4 p.m. Downtown streets will be closed to traffic and filled with tents and booths of Northwest antique vendors.

The Aurora Colony Days Parade steps off at 11 a.m. Entries this year include the Last Regiment of the Syncopated Drummers, the Power Pep Band, the Canby Rodeo court, Little Miss Pioneer, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse and Miss Tall Portland.

The Rev. Craig Johnson, of Christ Lutheran Church, will be the parade marshal.

Carl and Tara McKnight, owners of the Pheasant Run Winery, will be the celebration’s king and queen.

Jim Fisher will be honored as the volunteer of the year for his hours assisting local law enforcement.

The Old Aurora Colony Museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission will be free for all ages Saturday.

The Celebration in the Park will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday in Aurora City Park. Local band Tongue and Groove will open for concert headliners The Poor Sports.

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