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Saline City Labor Day Picnic set

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Since 2005, Dave Amerman has been heavily involved in the Bluegrass for Billy event, which takes place annually during the Saline City Labor Day Picnic.

Although Amerman said he's pleased with the response from bluegrass bands that have performed at the event, he's still trying to get larger acts to come to the small town in the southern part of the county.

"My goal is to get Alison Krauss there," Amerman told The Brazil Times. "I've wanted that for five years. I'll go to great lengths (to get her here). It's always good to have goals."

Amerman serves as the committee chairman for the annual event, which was put together in memory of Bill Reed, who died of cancer in August 2005.

"Bill was a good friend of mine," Amerman said. "He was in the first organized group I ever played in.

"Coming home from the funeral, I had this idea that we should have a bluegrass festival in his honor. It's kind of like a reunion of friends without Bill being there. But we know he's there in spirit."

This year, festivities kick off 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4, and will run through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, beginning at 11 a.m. In addition, performances will begin at noon, Sunday, Sept. 5.

All performances will take place at Graves Field in Saline City. Admission and parking is free. Those interested in attending are urged to bring lawn chairs. Camping is allowed, but is set up on primitive sites, with limited electricity hook ups.

The purpose of the event is to raise money for the Bill Reed Memorial Scholarship Fund and the American Cancer Society.

Several bluegrass bands and solo acts are scheduled to perform at this year's festival, including Louis Popejoy and the Heirs of Bluegrass, Sweetgrass, New Terrain, Grandview Junction and more. Times for performances have not been set.

"I want to promote bluegrass, but I want to promote that (Reed) was a wonderful guy," Amerman said.

In addition to the bluegrass music, several other events are planned during the three-day festival.

Committee member Casey Hardman told The Brazil Times a Truck Pull is planned for Saturday, Sept. 4, at 6:30 p.m., at the pull strip.

In addition, a Tractor Pull will take place at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 5, and a Lawnmower Demolition Derby will take place at noon, Sunday, Sept. 5.

The annual three-day softball tournament is also scheduled to start Saturday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 a.m.

The annual Golf Scramble will take place at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 4.

Those interested in participating in the event, set to take place at the Hoosier Hills Golf Course, must register by Wednesday, Sept. 1, by calling 812-208-0273. Cost is $80 per team.

A Kid's Fun Day has been scheduled for Monday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m. Children of all ages may compete in a pig and bunny catch.

Vendors will also be on-hand at the event.

According to information provided to The Brazil Times, no baby contests have been scheduled for the event this year.

For more information regarding the event, e-mail info@bluegrassforbilly.com, or call 812-239-2662 or 812-939-2361.


The following is a list of performers set for the 2010 Bluegrass for Billy event, which will take place at the Saline City Labor Day Picnic, Sept. 4-6:

Louis Popejoy and the Heirs of Bluegrass,

Birch Creek,

Kade Puckett,

Common Ground,

The Denman Family,


Coon Holler Kids,

Baby Blue,

Lost River Risin',

Cornfields and Crossroads,

Deep Fryed Acoustiblasters,

New Terrain,

Marble Hill,

Grandview Junction,

Charlie Lawson, and

Hickory Hollow.

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Don't you just love it when events like this schedule loud activities like the truck and tractor pull at the same time as the music performances---and they are not located that far apart. Seems like poor coordination of activities. New Terrain is a gospel band, so they probably did this on purpose in case someone might be "offended". What about the rest of us who are offended by the loudness of the "pulls"? Where are our rights?

-- Posted by cll on Tue, Aug 31, 2010, at 1:03 PM

You selfish little person....if you think you can do a better job then put your application in for the coordinator's position. This is a fund raiser for 2 very worthy causes...do you honestly think that the bands PAY to play there? Where in the heck do you think the vast majority of the money comes from? HUH?!?!? That's right, the truck and tractors pulls, the softball tourny and the golf scramble. Get a grip on yourself and quitchurbitchin! You are pathetic! Oh yea....your right is to:

A) Not come.

B) Sit close to the stage.

C) Wear earplugs.

D) Plop a fifty dollar bill in one of the donation jars!

I am quite sure that the coordinators of this fine event are going to do everything they possibly can to have the "musical entertainment" start early in the day as to not compete with the other noise. Oh my, I hope the softball people keep their cheering down so you won't be offended by their shrieks to their team mates. Oh no, all you towns folk better muzzle your dogs so their barking won't offend anybody. Oh my, we better stop having public prayer so we don't offend anybody. OH WAIT.....WE HAVE ALREADY DONE THAT ONE! I don't care if the pulls offend you or not, you have several options and rights!

To the organizers of this great event...I wish you all the success you can possibly have this weekend. It looks like you will have fabulous weather too! Good Luck and see you there!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 1:33 PM

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