"Pop Rocks" will play a high energy show from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. July 19. Photo by David Richards
By David Richards
After a year of waiting, Byron's Good Neighbor Days returns this week, July 17-21.
With everything from outdoor movies and bean bag tournaments, the area's hometown festival may make it feel like summer has finally arrived.
And if you ask Mayor Ann Diercks, who will throw out candy at this year's parade, "I only buy the good stuff," she's excited.
"I am," Diercks said. "It's hard to know what everybody wants so we decided to shake it up to get more people involved."
For 2013, the parade and fireworks have been moved from Friday to Sunday, which opens Friday night to a variety of activities.
After the Field of Flags Wednesday and the medallion hunts and the new beer mile Thursday, a frisbee tournament will be held at the Bears Den at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by a slew of activities at City Hall that evening.
The ice cream social will scoop up at 6 p.m., with chocolate and vanilla ice cream cones expected. A children's carnival hosted by the Byron Women of Today is slated from 7 to 9 p.m., while "Wreck It Ralph" will be shown at 9:30 p.m., with popcorn being free and water for sale at 25 cents.
For adults, the Bears Den is hosting the band "Break Even," from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and Byron Lanes will feature the band "Pop Rocks" from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cost is $5 at the door for "Break Even," www.breakevenband.net, and $10 at the door for "Pop Rocks," www.poprocksrocks.com.
With all of the activities in Byron that day, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Department will provide added coverage.
"Law enforcement will have its command center in the center of town," Diercks said.
Saturday's events are highlighted by the community runs beginning in the morning, followed by a full list of various events throughout the day and the band "SideFX," www.sidefxrocks.com, playing at this year's Fireman's Dance at the Fire Hall from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cost is $5. Sunday will feature the parade at the middle school at 6 p.m. and fireworks at the elementary school at dusk.