Mr. Legs, chili cook off and more returning for Byram Day

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:15

    Byram-This year, Sept. 11 will have extra special meaning for Byram residents. This Saturday is not only Patriots Day, but Byram Day as well. The all day event, which Byram Day Committee Chairperson Katie Baron describes as "a big block party," will be held at CO Johnson Park on Roseville Road, and will be open to all residents of the township. This year, a stunt bike competition and spaghetti eating contest have been added to the annual event's lineup. Also on the schedule, is an 8:30 a.m. 5K race which will precede the official start of the day at noon. The event will also feature games, pony rides, dancing, and mini golf. In addition, tomato, pie baking, chili cook off, and prince and princess contests will also be part of the festivities. According to Baron, one of the biggest hits at past Byram Days has been the Mr. Legs contest. As part of the competition, participating men cover their upper torsos, while the crowd cheers for who they believe have the nicest looking legs. "All of the men who participate are very brave to get on stage," said Baron. "It's all very politically incorrect, but that's what makes it fun." The event will be open to any man daring enough to participate that day. Last year, a pastor at the Byram Christian Fellowship took home the prestigious title of "Mr. legs." "This year, we have more food than ever before," said Baron. She also said that fireworks will begin as soon as the sun sets. "This day gives Byram residents such a sense of community it's amazing," said Baron. "It's much more personal than a fair." The rain date for Byram Day is Sept. 12. Although she said she did not want to jinx the day, Baron said that in the past 20 years, Byram Day has not yet been cancelled due to rain. "The day is always just a lot of fun," said Baron.