Byron Days celebration

Changes made in Saturday schedule
One down, two to go. With Mustang Days completed in late June, the next local summer festival on the calendar takes place this weekend in the form of the Byron Days celebration
July 8-9.
According to committee chairwoman Rebecca Bates, the 2022 celebration will carry the theme Hometown Heroes, with the community striving to recognize veterans, first responders, law enforcement, the Neighborhood Watch group and anyone else serving the community.
After holding a one-day celebration in recent years, the Byron community will hold a two-day event once again in 2022 with music in the park and food
trucks starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, Bates said.
Bates said 16 food trucks are expected at Jones Park, including some new offerings, and the committee is hoping to have live music throughout the evening, though a DJ is also a possibility.
Later in the evening, a movie will be shown on a large screen. “The Princess Bride” will be shown around 9 p.m., Bates said.
Saturday schedule
The annual fun run will kick off the Saturday events at 7 a.m., organized by Brandon and Serena Hessenthaler. There is no entry fee, and runners can simply register at the starting and finish line at Jones Park. Both a one-mile and a 5K races will be offered heading north on Road 5 out of Byron.
The Byron Days Parade will follow at 10 a.m., and due to the ongoing road construction project on Main Street, the parade will be held on Center Street this year, Bates announced Tuesday, with floats and participants lining up at Clarks Fork and Center on the north edge of town. The parade will flow south on Center, one direction only, Bates said.
“This is due to a delay in the street project,” Bates said. “It’s a safety issue. But there are a lot of entries, so it will still be fun – just not on the normal street.”
Those wishing to enter the parade may do so on the town website, under activities, and by registering at the parade lineup. Entrants may also call Bates at 272-6645.
Joe and Pam Mooney have been named parade marshals for 2022.
Following the parade, Jones Park will come alive with the annual marketplace event starting at 11 a.m. featuring numerous vendors plus the food trucks from the night before.
“Vendors will be selling their stuff throughout the day,” Bates said. “We’ll fill the park with things so people can stay and have a good time.”
Those wishing to set up in the park may fill out an application on the town website or call Bates or Byron Town Hall (307-548-7490).
Also starting at 11 a.m. will be the annual co-ed volleyball tournament. Natalie Collins is again in charge of the volleyball tournament, and the registration fee is $60 for a six-person team. Teams may register online or call Collins at 307-760-1557.
The popular cornhole tournament is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., a change from the original schedule, organized once again by Tommy May, who may be reached at 307-202-1145.
Also kicking off Saturday around noon will be activities for kids in the park. The specific activities are still being organized, Bates said, but she is pleased that the large inflatable from Club Dauntless will be at the park. The kids events are scheduled to run until 3 p.m.
Bates said a Byron High School alumni gathering will be held late Saturday afternoon starting with a tour of the Byron Museum at town hall at 5 p.m., followed by the traditional gathering of alums at 6 p.m. at town hall.
Live music performed by the band Smokin’ Aces (formerly Bones in the Road) will begin at 7 p.m. on the baseball field, and the annual Byron Days fireworks will light up the sky at 10 p.m. on the baseball field choreographed by Caleb and Joshua Sanders. A 24x24-foot square for VIP seating may be reserved for $100 on the town website.