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Aurora came alive Saturday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the creation of Colony Days

Aurora celebrated its heritage on Aug. 9 and 10 with a parade, antiques and all kinds of vendors from food to homemade quilts to ice cream. People from all over were there, some from Hillsboro, many from Canby and some from as far away as Missouri.

Streets were crowded with people for the parade, some were smart enough to bring chairs, others stood in crowds.

The parade started on time at 11 a.m. and featured some innovative floats. There were square dancers on a truck and there were cheerleads from Canby and North Marion high schools. There were special cars, including some fancy, and a man who looked like Buffalo Bill (it was actually Larry Benson) driving a Packard.

CAROL ROSEN - There was even some rodeo royalty on the streets of Aurora Saturday morning.

There was a truck with the old Mobil Oil logo on the doors. Also the Power Pep Band from Portland was playing their instruments and singing and getting some of the people singing along. The group had just returned from Canada a few days before.

"This is our 20th year and we just love it, commented Carol Rice, who plays an alto saxophone. "We love the small towns the most, people sing and dance as we go by."

For more information go to www.powerpepband.com

Hugh Shelley and Dick Leber were manning the Veteran's Motorcycle Club Booth. They will be having a raffle for a 12-guage hunting shotgun to raise money for VA Hospice; the VA Transplant Unit that also provides missing limbs to veterans; Divide Camp, a hunting camp for veterans who've come back from wars with both physical and mental injuries; the Oregon Veterans Home a permanent residence home in the Dalles; and the Shriner's Hospital.

CAROL ROSEN - Booths and vendors of all kinds were part of the Aurora Colony Days celebration.

"We've been doing this for years, mostly veterans but also some wives, all of us interested in supporting the community of men and women who gave to us and who allow us to give back to them," said Shelley.

Branch of founder joined the fun this year

This year Aurora Colony Days featured a famous family. It's the Keil family, whose ancestor Dr. Wilhelm Keil actually founded the colony, naming it after his daughter Aurora. In 1844, Keil founded Bethel, Missouri, which is located northeast of Kansas City. The people typically were German and Swiss. Some of his descendants and other family members now live in and around the Kansas City area.

Part of the Kansas City clan spent a several days in Aurora and went back to the Midwest on Aug.13.


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