Our sister city is gearing up for a four-day celebration, the likes of which you haven’t seen (unless, of course, you’ve driven up 14 and taken part in Byron Good Neighbor Days before). We’re talking fireworks. Parades. Tacos. Pork chops. A hunt for treasure. And much, much more.
Here it is, broken down.
2 hours – the quickest Medallion-finding on record. BGND hides the treasure on Thursday morning and posts the first clue at 7 a.m. Last year, they got the call that Teagan Koehler had discovered it on the observation deck on the walking path across from Byron City Hall at 9 a.m.
4 days – the longest medallion hunt, which lasted from Thursday (the first day of festivities) through much of Sunday.
39 years have passed since the first Byron Good Neighbor Days in 1981.
250, then 750 more – that’s the number of smoked pork chops sold in the rain, then after the annual dinner last year (yes, they’re that good).
1,500 pounds of candy will be thrown by 56 groups (not people!) walking in the annual 1.4-mile parade from the Intermediate School Entrance to 4th St., then west to Byron Middle School.
27 official, scheduled events on this year’s calendar. 10 are new as of this year or last. And keep an eye out for unofficial garage sales and get-togethers all weekend!
300 hoofers, moonwalkers, and waltzers will twirl at the Firemen’s Dance Saturday night ($10, purchase tickets at the door).
600 miles run (all together) in the last six years of Minnesota’s longest annual beer mile. It’s also raised $9,000 for nonprofits and sold LOTS of beer. No word on the miles logged by the required sober driver for each participant.
20 organizations take part in the vendor fair, which is back after a five-year absence from BGND. Shop local, indeed.
264, the largest-ever number of participants in Saturday’s 5K. Usually there are around 150 runners, joggers, and walkers.
1933 year of the oldest car (a Plymouth Coupe) that’s ever participated in the car and motorcycle show. The newest was a 2016 Challenger.
14,000 - the estimated number of volunteer hours put in by the eight-member Byron Good Neighbor Days committee. Kudos, all!
85 degrees, the average temperature over this weekend. Pack sunscreen, water bottles, and maybe a shade umbrella!
$3,000 in prizes given to the finders of that medallion over the last 10 years. This year, the pot is worth $350. Good luck!
Information courtesy Byron Good Neighbor Days president LeAnn Bieber and secretary Nikki Smith. Head to www.byrongnd.com for the full schedule!