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 email@example.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,
The Denman Family,
Coon Holler Kids,
Lost River Risin',
Cornfields and Crossroads,
Deep Fryed Acoustiblasters,
Charlie Lawson, and