Preparations underway for Homer's Backyard Ball, thousands of people expected

Homer's Backyard Ball is setting the stage for seven musical acts on Saturday. (ABC 7 Amarillo - Tatiana Toomer)

The highly anticipated Homer's Backyard Ball is back for it's 20th year anniversary. After taking a year off from the country music festival, the founder says they have been working hard to show the community a good time and raise money for local charities.

"It's a year-long planning to get this event to go on. We've been out here pretty much all week, getting everything up. Yesterday, the tents went up, the stage is going up, we're just getting everything out and going. It's been a lot of hard work and it's coming together," said Travis Homer, founder of the Homer's Foundation.

Homer explained the main purpose of the event to help support local children's charities.

"When we first started, and it was getting big, I always said that if it gets big I want to do it towards a charity," Homer revealed. "And the children's charities just kind of stuck out. There's so many in Amarillo. And the ones that we're giving to this year, that the foundation is giving to, are the Khiva Shrine center, the Turn Center, Amarillo CASA and the Children's Miracle Network. These organizations, there's so many that need our help and Homer's is a way that we can bring a lot of money to them in a short amount of time," he explained.

The event will be held on acres of land off of Interstate 40 and Whitaker Road. Gates will open at 1:00 p.m. and music will begin at 2:00 p.m. The festival will go all night long until 11:00 p.m.

"We're going to have about seven acts, great Texas music acts; Cody Jinks, Cody Johnson, Casey Berry, Cooder Graw, Shotgun Rider. We've had Hoots Battle of the Bands over the last month, so we're going to have Scotty Alexander and The Jackson Tillman Band," Homer pointed out.

Homer mentioned that they are still in need of judges for their infamous cook-off and volunteers to help around the festival.

"Part of the event has always been the cook-off. We have the Texas State Championship Cook-Off and Calf Fry," Homer said. "General admission tickets are only $40. For the amount of bands that you get, that's nothing. If you're short on money, you can still come out to Homer's because we still need volunteers. Twenty-five dollars and a Homer's t-shirt and just three hours of your time, the rest of the time is all yours," he reassured.

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