This city council will discuss this week whether to allow this space of city land to be used for a community tree to be lit during Brrrr...Fest. Photo by David Richards.
By David Richards
Bundle up because Byron is hosting a winter festival.
The chamber of commerce, in a joint effort with area businesses, is planning Brrrr....Fest Friday, Dec. 6 through Saturday, Dec. 7.
Chamber committee members and business owners are making finishing touches to the activities schedule and lineup, with a final list expected soon.
"I think it's great," said Mary Blair-Hoeft, city administrator, of the event.
"When our business owners work together, it moves Byron forward in a positive light."
Tentative events for Brrrr...Fest, which will be held at various locations in Byron depending on the activity, include cookie decorating, a meet and greet with both Santa and the Byron Bear, a chainsaw wood sculpturist and an ice bar.
"I think it's really important," said Randy Fogelson, owner of the Market Place grocery store of the town working together on a winter festival.
"I think it's even more important for the community members to get involved."
Blair-Hoeft said chamber organizers have requested to use the new space near the roundabout that features a circular slab and flag poles as a location to display a community tree, complete with a lighting ceremony during Brrrr...Fest.
That item will be discussed among the city council at its Nov. 12 meeting.
"We really wanted to do something during a time when there really wasn't something going on in the community," said Kelly Domaille, member of the chamber's marketing committee.
"It's a time when people hunker down inside, and we want people to still come out and support our businesses. We're using the saying, 'come out of hibernation and enjoy the fun.' "
The chamber's marketing committee is consistently brainstorming ways on how to showcase the community.
Current ideas include the Build Byron rewards card and the annual expo-style Byron showcase, which was held Oct. 26.