Homer's Backyard Ball kicks off
Sat, 18 May 2013 00:03:31 GMT —
One of Amarillo's biggest parties kicks off tomorrow, and that's Homer's Backyard Ball. It's been going strong for 16 years in Travis Homer's own backyard.
"A few guys with an imagination. It starts in my backyard and just each year it kept getting bigger," said Homer.
The party has grown so much now, that it's housed in a field near Splash Water Park. It's not just about having fun, but to help our community. For the past 13 years, Homer's Backyard Ball has given it's proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
"It's been wonderful, its been a great partnership they have sponsored I think over 100 wishes. And its really neat to see them, a bunch of good group of people that want to give back to the community and back to kids," said Development Officer for Make-A-Wish Foundation, Missy Mecon.
In fact, their giving Panhandle spirits have helped create their own charity as well.
"We started our own foundation last year we developed the Homer's Backyard Foundation. All the money we raise goes to kids organizations. This year we're doing it Make-A-Wish and the Kiva Shrine. But we also have extra money for other organizations to help kids," said Homer.
Homer says they're expecting 2800 people. Those who come out for "A Big Fat Redneck Homer's" kind-of-time will see eight different bands take the stage. No Dry County, Dirty River Boys and headliner, Cooder Graw. There's a private cook-off party for teams to win prizes, but if you show up Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., more than 800 pounds of pork tenderloin will be ready to serve to the public for free. That's not all, it's BYOB and fun redneck games like mud volleyball. Make-A-Wish families will also take the stage to share their stories.
"They get to share their stories a little bit on stage and get to kind of show the public that comes out here what the money that these guys are raising, what it goes to," said Mecon.
The event is from Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 at the gate.