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The 2nd Atlanta International Pop Festival brought in more than a half a million people to Byron in 1970 and became a part of Byron history.

The land officially became a historical part of Byron after an unveiling of an event marker recognized the festival.

"It was a point in our lives where we was undergoing great changes. It was during the civil rights movement, during the hippie movement, and all sort of changes going on. This is reminiscent of all those things and brings a lot of that stuff to mind," Mayor Larry Collins said.

City officials and festival goers were present at the dedication of the event marker on US Hwy. 41 in Byron.

They unveiled the official historical marker after a small ceremony that commemorated the 2nd Atlanta International Pop Festival held in 1970 at the Middle Ga Raceway.

"I would like for another pop festival to be gave here. When it happened, I was 21. That was one of the greatest time I have had and I seen more people in Byron than I have ever seen," Willie Jones said.

Mayor Collins says he hopes that this is the first step for future events to happen at the site.

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