BETWEEN — In the 100 years since the little hamlet between Monroe and Loganville first became known as, well, Between, the town has seen a lot of changes.
"It's changed a lot," said Bobbie Byrd, 80, a lifelong resident of Between. "We used to have a school, a gin house, a corn mill, two more stores and a lot more. It's pretty much all gone."
Yet if some of the landmarks that once filled the small community have disappeared, the town has not.
According to local legend, the city was named literally for its geographic location between Loganville and Monroe, as well as between Athens and Atlanta, and while the city has grown and shrunk and overall simply endured, it has retained its humorous name.
Now the town that, according to one local saying, is also halfway between Heaven and that other place, will celebrate its centennial Saturday with a city-wide party.
"It's nice to last that long and be able to celebrate," said Mayor Bill Sullivan. "We've done a lot of work and a lot of planning."
The Between Centennial Festival will begin at 10 a.m. in downtown Between and will continue until 5 p.m., with food, games, arts and crafts and more featured for visitors.
In Between, hot dogs and face painting, visitors will be able to view martial arts demonstrations by students from Choe's HapKiDo Academy, participate in the pet show hosted by the Walton Animal Guild and enjoy music from different groups, including Loganville teenager Moriah Martin.
Byrd said the event was exciting for the focus it brought to his hometown.
"I'll probably check by and see what's going on," Byrd said, who still cherishes his town. "It's been a good place to live. I grew up here, went to school here. It's been a good life."
And although the town may have changed greatly in Byrd's lifetime, one thing hasn't changed.
"We've still got some good folks," Byrd said.
With 100 years under the city's belt, Sullivan said it's time to shoot for the next milestone.
"Hopefully the town will be around to celebrate 200 years," Sullivan said.