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Byron Fall Fest Set for October 27th

Byron High School Visual Arts Program Welcomes You

Posted by Durand Now at 5:48pm 10/15/18

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Mark your calendar for October 27th!  Byron's Fall Festival is back, downtown in the village, from 2 to 6pm.  

Come for horse-drawn hay rides down the colorful, maple tree-lined streets, a game of pumpkin bowling, art by talented students on display, the spooky (but friendly) haunted house and more, including several contests.

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Enter the Best Pumpkin Pie contest, the Halloween Costume contest (12 and under), Jack-o-Lantern contest -- even the chance to win a prize when you bring your dressed up pet.

The afternoon also features fresh donuts and crisp apple cider in the Masonic Lodge, where you can stop in to warm up.

Byron High School's Visual Arts Program credits generous sponsors for allowing this event to be free for all.  Donations benefit the art students at Byron High School with proceeds going to replenishing supplies and aging classroom equipment.

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