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Tales from the Altamaha is an award winning folk-life play performed annually at the historic Blue Marquee Theater downtown Lyons. The cast and crew are a talented group of volunteers from all walks of life. A new collection of tales from the writings of Colonel T. Ross Sharpe are turned into a one-of-a-kind South Georgia must-see event. Get ready to sing along with the River Rat Review Band as they sing ol’ time gospels, classics, and some original tunes. Be prepared to laugh and cry as we relive tales of regional settlers’ lives, loves, losses, scandals-and just plain ol’ gossip!



The local derby began in 1992 in Lyons, Georgia.  Approximately 20 cars were involved in the first race competing in only the Stock Division. Today, the local race has grown to over 60 drivers competing in Stock, Super Stock, Master’s Division and Super Kids. In 2014, the Southeast Georgia Soapbox Derby stock division was the 2nd largest in size of the number of drivers in the country next to the All-American race itself.  Girls and boys may participate in all divisions: Stock Division (ages 7-13),  Super Stock Division (ages 10-17), Master’s Division (ages 10-20) and Super Kids (physically and mentally challenged). The winners from each division are presented with a champion jacket and a $1000.00 check to help with expenses for traveling to Akron, OH to compete in the World Championship Race.

The Real Squeal BBQ & Music Festival is a two-day annual event sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and Georgia State Championship.  We attract professional teams from near and far who compete for $20,000. Amateurs compete in the Backyard BBQ Contest and everyone has a shot at winning the sauce contest. Friday kicks off downtown with amateur & sauce contests, vendors, cruise-in car show, motor build-off, street dance, and fireworks. Saturday festivities are held at Partin Park where the professionals compete. You will also enjoy an Art & Crafts show, Quilt show, Kid’s Creative Play, Classic Car Show, the Pig Jig traditional music contest and more!