Special Events

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Let the smashing begin! Bring your pumpkins, throw them off the fire tower and try to hit the bullseye. Cookies and apple cider will be served.

Date: Friday, November 1

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Location: Byron Fire Department

Fee: FREE


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Calling all 5th - 8th graders, it's early dismissal! Join us for an afternoon of bowling and fun at Cherry Bowl in Rockford. Fee includes two hours of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, and a beverage. The bus will depart from and return to the Byron Park District. Please register by Friday, November 1st.

Date: Friday, November 8th

Time: 11:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Cherry Bowl Rockford

Fee: $18

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Get ready to burn some calories before heading to your Thanksgiving Day feast! This race, presented by Byron Bank, will be an approximate 5K distance with chip timing provided by Real Timing, Inc. Back again this year is the best "dressed" award! We will be awarding $200 in gift cards, compliments of Fleet Feet Sports in Rockford, to the best dressed participant(s). Be sure to wear your favorite holiday gear for a chance to win!

Turkeys will be awarded to the top finishers who are closest to guessing their race time. Runners will not be allowed to use timepieces. The awards ceremony will be held inside the PE Center 15-20 minutes after the race.

Race shirts are guaranteed to participants registered by 11/22 at noon. A limited number of shirts will be available on race day and distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Check in and day of registration will be held in the PE Center from 7:00-7:45 a.m. and the race starts at 8:00 a.m. Race day fee is: $20-youth and $30-adult.

Early bib/shirt pick up will be available November 27th, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Byron PE Center. Participants must be preregistered for early pick up.

Date: Thursday, November 28

Location: Byron School Grounds

Check-in Time: 7:00-7:45 am

Race Time: 8:00 am

Fee: $15-youth/ $25-adult



To volunteer at this event, please contact Elaine Carow at 815-234-6232 or ecarow@byronparks.org.