Byron concert to raise money for Oklahoma tornado victims

efarlow@macon.comJune 19, 2013 

Byron is more than 900 miles from Moore, Okla. But when Karla Chidester heard of the devastation left by last month’s tornados, she wanted to help.

“It really touched my heart,” said Chidester, event chairwoman for the Battle of Byron.

After talking to one of the band members of Sugar Creek, who is scheduled to play at the Battle of Byron on Aug. 10, she and the rest of the Battle of Byron community got together and figured out a way to help.

The Battle of Byron Raises Moore Music Fest on Saturday will give 100 percent of its proceeds to Oklahoma tornado relief.

“We decided that anything and everything was going to be donated,” said Chidester.

Chidester and the Battle of Byron community wanted every penny to go to Oklahoma, so they decided to send the money through Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian crisis-relief organization associated with Franklin Graham.

Attendees will be asked to give a donation of $5 for admission to the music fest, and T-shirts will be available for a donation of $10.

Other ways the music fest is raising money is through a silent auction, raffles, $7 barbecue chicken plates, face painting and more.

The bands set to play at the music fest include: Sugar Creek, Road Pizza with E.Z. Cleghorn, The MaMa T Band, the Chris Anderson Band, Charles Oliver and Friends, Terry Pops Barker (The Human Trumpet), and Big Daddy and Company.

The Battle of Byron Raises Moore Music Fest will be from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at North Peach Park in Byron.

For more information, contact Chidester at 954-4592 or visit

“It’s gonna be a great day with a great turn out,” Chidester said. “Any amount we can raise will be a blessing.”

To contact writer Emily Farlow, call 744-4225.

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