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Challenges are the order of the day at the Battle of Byron

The Battle of Byron

The Battle of Byron is at the North Peach Park on the first Saturday of May each year. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend, join in or just have a good time watching as new challenges are added each year.


The Battle was the brainchild of then-City Clerk Frances McDaniel. Some residents were skeptical about the success of the Battle when it began in 1979. But, being the optimist Frances is, she pushed, prodded and promoted the Battle into one of the biggest successes in Peach County.

Challenges are the order of the day at the Battle of Byron

Since that time Battle of Byron has been used as a major fundraiser for civic and church groups with many residents working together to benefit specific community projects. Success of the Battle hinges on the cooperation of its volunteers and also on the challenges issued.

And there have been numerous memorable challenges: the Trike Race, Fanny Race, Bed Chase, Greased Flagpole, Auburn Tigers vs. the UGA Dawgs Tug-of-War, Mud Volleyball, Pie Eating Challenge and the â??Distinguished Ladiesâ?? challenge, to name a few.

Challenges are the order of the day at the Battle of Byron

In addition to challenges, the Battle also provides continuous entertainment in the park, food vendors, an arts and crafts show, antique car show, petting zoo, 5K road race and more.

The Battle is a fun way for people to be together, chat with old friends, meet new friends and let their frustrations out, by challenging them to an event they know they can win. The slogan of the challenge is, as in the song, â??I can do anything better than you.â??

Challenges are the order of the day at the Battle of Byron

The festival got its start in 1979 when the City of Byron became involved with the Governorâ??s Project Competition. The competition was spearheaded by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, through the efforts of Gov. George Busbee. The purpose of the competition was to encourage small cities to plan projects of community improvements, without seeking state help through the grants program. The Battle of Byron was begun as part of this competition.

For more information on the Battle of Byron contact the Byron Convention and Visitors Bureau at 478-956-2409 or 888-686-3496.

Visit the City of Byron website for more information.