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October 6--  You'll want to put Lyons on your weekend agenda for the 2nd Annual Real Squeal Barbeque and Music Festival.

Amateur chefs will be barbequing downtown most of Friday with a classic car cruise-in capped by a Friday night concert by new country music singer Mandy Gawley, a gal with family roots in Lyons according to Alexa Britton of the Lyons Better Hometown Office.

"She is from Milton, Georgia and her grandmother was from here.  Her grandmother was Claytene Coxwell and she remembers coming to Lyons to visit and considers Toombs County one of her homes.  She has a beautiful voice and will do a great, family-oriented show," Alexa says.

The concert is at 7:30 Friday night in the Blue Marquee Theater in downtown Lyons.

Saturday includes a Classic Car Show from nine till two and the finals of the festival soccer tournament on the grounds near Chicken of the Sea north of Lyons.

Meanwhile, the gates open at nine a.m. Saturday at Partin Park for the Professional Barbeque cooking and contest and other events.

"We have People's Choice barbeque tasting, the chain-saw carving competition will be going on all day (some of the carvings will be auctioned Friday evening and Saturday), there's an artisan show in the Durden Cabin and an Indian artifacts show in the Dream House with the Primitive Skills Demonstration behind the Dream House, a kids creative play area, an Outdoor Expo on one of the baseball fields and other good food as well," she notes.

Saturday night there's a free concert at the Blue Marquee featuring two folksingers from Tennessee.  "It is Larkin Poe.  They write their own music and it's open to the first three-hundred people who enter," Alexa says.

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