With live entertainment, craft vendors and hamburgers smoking on the grill, the City of Byers held their annual June Festival on Saturday. Each year the event is held on Main Street. Admission was free for the June Festival and participants were able to play the raffle as well as enjoy a free car show filled with a collection of more than 70 classic cars.
In 2004, Byers celebrated their centennial with a car show, but since then the car show has become an annual tradition. This is the 9th year that the city has been hosting this event. The funds raised will go towards the Byers Volunteer Fire Department. But this event is more than just a fundraiser. It was held not only to raise money, but to keep things happening in a small community. Just last year, Byers Independent School District merged with neighboring Petrolia ISD. Since then, the city has been doing the best they can to keep their community active.
"The purpose is just to keep things happening in a small town bring the community together and keep things going… like the highway. So when people move through here they know were here" said Byers Mayor Michael Kumor.
Depending on the year and weather, the event sees about 500 to 1000 people in attendance. Mayor Kumor hopes people will continue to support the city and come out to the event each year.
Through this event, the city expects to raise about $500 for the Byers VFD.