AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Homer's Foundation, that for over a decade planned 'Homer's Backyard Ball,' said the popular event will not be held this year.
The founder of Homer's Foundation, Travis Homer, said the organization is making plans to hold different fundraisers instead.
"We are so grateful to the people of the Texas Panhandle for 16 years of unbelievable support," Homer said. "This is a great next step for our foundation and we look forward to working with the community to benefit children and their families."
The group said expansion plans include multiple events spread throughout the year. Functions being planned may include 5K runs, cook-offs, 'Trap & Skeet' shoots, music festivals and golf tournaments.
The outdoor musical festival was held annually for 16 years, usually in May. Proceeds from the event went to children and families in the Texas Panhandle in need through area charities. Homer said the annual BBQ and Calf Fry Cook-Off will still be held May 21.
The event became known for raucous crowds as well as its charity. Attendees were invited to bring their own alcohol to the grounds for the day-long festival.
While the festival was held usually without incident, one attendee, Michael Wilcox, died after attending the event last May. Wilcox and his friends became involved in an altercation with security at the event and was tased, according to the Amarillo Police Department. Wilcox was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. The death was later ruled as accidental.