Judy Truesdell – Guest Contributor
May 22 2017
Bluegrass on Ballard Returns to Wylie



Central Standard Time



Historic Downtown Wylie
112 S. Ballard Ave.
Wylie, Texas 75098

Bluegrass on Ballard, a free event in historic downtown Wylie, will feature bluegrass bands, 200-vehicle car show, chili cook-off, vendors, and great food.

The day kicks off at 10 a.m. with over 100 booths featuring arts, crafts, unique items and other vendors in Olde City Park, presented by the Wylie Public Arts Board. North Texas Equestrian Center offers pony rides for the kids from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The car show runs from 4 to 9 p.m. The chili cook-off, sponsored by the American Legion, will start at 2 p.m. and go until 5 p.m. or until all the chili is gone.

Musicians of any skill level are invited to bring instruments downtown and pick and jam on the street and in shops and restaurants with other musicians all day. Some of the pros have been known to join in as well.

The world-class bluegrass bands take the stage, located in shady Olde City Park for the first time this year, starting at 3 p.m. The lineup is subject to change, but slated to start things off is Phil Ferguson & Texas True at 3 pm. Next up is Robertson County Line at 3:55 pm, Bethlehem Bluegrass Band at 5 pm, Texas & Tennessee (featuring Steve Huber and John R. Bowman) at 5:55 pm, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band at 7 pm, and Becky Buller Band at 8:30 pm.

Did you know that one pint of blood can save three lives? Make plans to visit the Carter BloodCare bus between 10 am and 6 pm. Wylie Fire Rescue and Wylie Police Department will be going head to head in the Battle of the Badges, competing to see which department can inspire the most blood donations. Those donating will receive a T-shirt; be sure to vote for police or fire.

Delicious food will be available for purchase, and restaurants and shops will be open for business.

Bluegrass on Ballard is sponsored by the City of Wylie, Wylie Downtown Merchants Association, and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation. For more information, visit