Welcome to Lyons!

We advocate a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment, rebuilding the traditional downtown district based on its unique historical assets and distinctive architecture, pedestrian-friendly environment, personal service, local ownership, and a sense of community.

Tales from the Altamaha

The 2021 production of Tales from the Altamaha has been canceled.

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 is 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.

We encourage one and all to participate in this community event. There is a place for everyone who wants to enjoy some good, clean family fun. No matter your passion, we will find a place for you. It takes many talents to create “Tales from the Altamaha”, including prop curator, costumes, marketing, acting, musicians, hospitality and more.

If you are interested in joining us as an actor, you MUST audition. Auditions are January 14 & 16, 2020. We ask you to read and agree to the “Tales Rules”, and fill out the Audition/Biographical Information Form and the Actor/Musician Release Form. Forms filled out after January 16, 2020, will be considered next year when you come to auditions. 

Returning adult cast members are not required to attend audition but must complete the forms no later than January 16, 2020, so that we will have the information we need in time for the casting meeting. Forms to complete: (1) Returning Adult Cast Member Biographical Information Form, (2) “Tales Rules” and the (3) Adult Actor/Musician Release Form.

If you are interested in volunteering that is not acting, please fill out this Tales Volunteer Form.

We look forward to another great show season!

Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby

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.


As a non-profit organization, nothing is more important to Lyons Main Street than our volunteers. We strive to treat you right, enrich your life, and have some fun. The last thing we want to do is waste your time, or give you a task you don’t want. So, if you’ll take a few minutes to look over the volunteer options and fill out the form below, we’ll find the perfect fit for you.

Committee Member  (All committees meet once each month for about an hour. We appreciate a one-year commitment.)

  • Organization – fundraising, partner & volunteer recruitment, marketing & advertising
  • Design – public & facade improvements, history & architecture
  • Promotions –  event planning, volunteer coordination, advertising
  • Economic Restructuring – grow nearby businesses & strengthen existing ones

Single Event Volunteer  (Join us for a few hours or the whole day)

  • Tales from the Altamaha – 3rd & 4th weeks in April
  • Soap Box Derby – 1st Saturday in May (usually)
  • Soap Box Derby Rally Races – periodically throughout the year
  • The Real Squeal BBQ & Music Festival – 2nd weekend in October
  • Veterans Parade – November
  • Winter Wonder Lyons – 1st Saturday in December

“Virtual Volunteer”  Provide off-site support as needed (requires an internet connection, email address, some knowledge of online-based research & tools)

“On-Call” Volunteer  If we need an extra hand at any event or behind the scenes, we’ll ask you first

Thank you for thinking of us!