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Boring Celebration pauses for tribute to 9/11 victims

Annual event draws many to small community
by: Jim Hart Boring Fire Chief Doug Branch rings the brass bell, a tradition whenever a firefighter dies. This ringing was part of a memorial service Sunday on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Standing on the other side of the bell is Clackamas Fire District No. 1 Chaplain Mike Vermace.

Members of the Friends of the Boring Station Trailhead Park have much to celebrate.

Not only has work begun on the newest county park in the center of Boring and a flag is being designed for the small community, but also the sixth annual Boring Celebration last Sunday was bigger and better than ever, according to Dan O'Dell, chairman of the Friends.

Last year's estimate of 2,500 visitors during the six-hour event was exceeded this year - judged by the 15 percent increase in event participation, sales and donations.

The classic car show is a good example of the increasing popularity of the overall event, O'Dell said, exceeding last year's 20 cars with 87 vehicles this year.

More than two-dozen craft vendors and another two-dozen community organizations had covered booths to interest visitors.

O'Dell says the memorial service for 9-11 victims, presented by more than 60 firefighters from Boring and Clackamas District No. 1, was one of the reasons for increased interest in the Boring Celebration.

During that service, the colors were presented by the firefighters' color guard and the Clackamas Firefighters Pipes and Drums. The ceremony also included a eulogy and moment of silence for those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, in the terrorist attacks.

In addition, the event offered games, food, music, raffle, silent auction and displays showing the history of Boring and the development of the Boring Station Trailhead Park.

'Anyone who didn't attend missed out on a real fun time,' O'Dell said. 'There was something there for everyone.'