Byron Days celebration starts Thursday

Byron Days 2012 is bigger and better than ever, with three days of fun this weekend to the theme of “My Heroes Have Always Been…” organizers announced this week.

The annual celebration begins tonight (Thursday) with the presentation of the history of the town of Byron at a community gathering and welcoming party from 6 to 8 p.m. at the LDS Church. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served.

Friday brings the monthly mayor’s luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the town complex, and the public is asked to bring a salad or chips, with the Town of Byron providing a meal of hamburgers or hot dogs.

The Family Fun Carnival will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at the city park with games and a dunking booth. Proceeds from the dunking booth will go to next year’s fireworks.

A movie – “The Woman in Black” – will show at the Byron Community Center (former school) at 9 p.m. Admission is free. The movie will be followed by haunted tours of the school building provided by Postern Capital. Tours are $5 per person.

Busy Saturday

A full Saturday schedule starts with the annual fun run at 7 a.m. featuring 5K and one-mile runs. The fun run starts next to the park and runs north and then back to the park. Runners can register just before the race, paying the $10 fee. For more information call Caleb Sanders at 548-2369.

Meanwhile, breakfast burritos will be served at the Byron Bar from 7 to 9:30 a.m.

The Byron Days Parade begins at 10 a.m. beginning on North Mountain View Avenue and matches the celebration “heroes” theme. Joe Zarate is the grand marshal this year (see related story). For information contact Gilbert Cordova at 548-7543.

The annual free Byron Lions Club barbecue begins at noon at the park, with games and activities starting at 1 p.m. including water slides, a volleyball tournament and games and activities including a dunking booth to raise money for the fireworks.

Call Heather Wagner at 272-4883 for volleyball tournament information.

Councilwoman Marie McCollam said it is important for people to donate to the fireworks, noting that there will also be a booth set up in the park to provide information and first aid and accept donations. People may also donate to the Town of Byron, she said.

The annual Byron Bar ATV Poker Run will begin at 2 p.m. with signup at 1:30. A fundraising silent auction to benefit the Byron Memorial Park will run from 2 to 4 p.m. at the old school cafeteria in the community center.

The demolition derby sponsored by North Big Horn Search and Rescue has moved from Mustang Days to Byron Days this year and is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at the Lovell Rodeo Grounds.

Evening activities begin with the Byron Alumni Dinner at 6 p.m. at the community center (old school), and Curtis Abraham will provide helicopter rides from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets for $40 per person will be sold at a booth during the day in the park events, or people may contact Abraham at 548-7990.

Entertainment in the park including dance groups and the Heart Mountain Cloggers, as well as a variety of vendors, runs from 4 to 8 p.m., and the annual fireworks show starts at 10 p.m. Entertainment will follow at the Byron Bar.

By David Peck