Homer's Backyard Ball Returns for 20th Anniversary Following Year-Long Hiatus

First Return Since 2015 Death

It's been two years since there was a death at Homer's Backyard Ball, but after taking a year off, tomorrow, Homer's is back.
In one of the first times Travis Homer has spoken with the media following the death of Michael Glen Wilcox at Homer's Backyard Ball in 2015, he says it was a truly sad thing that happened and they are making changes to provide a safer environment for their concert-goers.

One of the main changes they made was eliminating the BYOB rule that allowed people to bring in their own alcoholic beverages.

Homer says they had this rule mostly for college students who wanted to drink at the event but couldn't afford the price of beer from vendors.

Another major change is the installment of professional security guards.

When Wilcox died at the event in 2015, they used volunteers.

"We have paid security this year," says Travis Homer, Founder of Homer's Backyard Ball, "we actually have several officers from APD to just to make sure the event stays under control."

Beer will still be sold only by vendors.

Homer says he couldn't be more excited for how the weather will be and is happy the field the event is in, right near where we are right now, won't be a muddy mess like it was in 2015.

Festivities for the event actually kick off tonight.

Many of the area's best are out there looking to earn first place in the ball's annual cookoff.

Homer's Backyard Ball is a fundraiser for the Khiva Shrine, the Turn Center, the Children's Miracle Network, and Casa.

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