In 2006, friends of the late Billy Reed elected to honor his memory by setting up the event. Money raised through the three days of bluegrass music will go to the Bill Reed Music Scholarship Fund and the American Cancer Society.
William Carl Reed was born in 1949 and raised south of Clay City in Middlebury. After serving in the Vietnam War, he took up residence in Saline City with his family.
Billy was known to play the bass, guitar and mandolin, but enjoyed playing the banjo the most.
He was diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2005 and died seven months later.
Since then, the event has taken place and has proved to be a success, including this year.
There are several bands scheduled to perform during the three-day event, including Birch Creek, New Terrain, Louie Popejoy and the Heirs of Bluegrass, Common Ground, Bobby J and the J Boys, Whitenuckles, The New Old Timers, Diamond Hill Station, Hickory Hollow, Larry Summerton and Summertime, Kade Puckett, Hoosier Hills, Stateline, Lost River Risin', The Millcreek Band and Misty Stevens and Reminisce Road.
Musical performances are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3; noon, Sunday, Sept. 4; and 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 5. All performances will take place at Graves Field in Saline City. Admission and parking are free.
According to coordinators, Copperhead Sound will provide sound equipment for the event.
In addition to all the performing acts, coordinators said all acoustic instruments are welcome and jamming is encouraged.
Camping will be available for those interested. However, camping is primitive with limited electricity hookup. For further information regarding camping, call Greg Nicoson at 812-249-5903.
Donations for the event will be accepted. Those making donations are asked to make checks payable to Bill Reed Music Scholarship Fund in care of First State Bank, 502 Main St., Clay City.
For more information regarding Bluegrass for Billy, call Dave Amerman at 812-239-2662, 812-939-2361 or e-mail email@example.com.