Last season’s opening shows of “Full Throttle Saloon” on TruTV, on Sunday nights, showed Angie trying to open up the bar in Sturgis S.D. on her own because Michael Ballard was off in Trimble Ten. trying to get another business started. According to Dyersburg State Gazette, dated June 3, 2014, Ballard’s new business will host a grand opening this weekend, June 6 – 8.
The new business, “Full Throttle Saloon’s” S’loonshine Distillery, will make, package and sell Ballard’s own private brand of moonshine by the same name. Ballard had already started promoting and selling the booze at the “Full Throttle Saloon” during the Sturgis S.D. bike rally. He has also been distributing it around the states at many of the Throttle Fests he and Jesse Dupree have hosted in many states.
The new distillery is located in Michael Ballard’s home town of Trimble Tenn. and he is hoping that this new business will revive the economy and offer more jobs for some of the folks he calls friends and neighbors. The distillery, which is 9000-square-feet, will also feature a diner that is called “Miss Vickie’s.”
The diner was named after Ballard’s sister who lost her battle with cancer. Vickie had been a big part of the “Full Throttle Saloon” and would have been right beside Michael in this endeavor had she survived. The café is Ballard’s way of honoring her.
The three day grand opening event is expected to bring over 6000 people into the small town of Trimble. Some residents have opposed both the distillery and the grand opening event, fearing it will get as wild as some of the things they have seen on their television screen while watching the biker show, “Full Throttle Saloon.”
Ballard was quoted as saying:
It's a family-oriented event with no alcohol on the streets. Bring the lawn chairs, the kids, and the family, and come and have a great time. We have about 20 different food vendors setting up, plus Miss Vicki's Diner will be opened up. So we will be serving barbecue and burgers. It seems like the hotels are booking up around Union City and Dyersburg. The excitement is out there and if Mother Nature plays ball with us we should have a good crowd."
The event starts Friday night with country star Aaron Tippin on hand to entertain the crowds. Saturday's festivities includes car shows, food and entertainment and, of course, a performance by Jackyl, featuring Ballard’s good friend and business partner, Jesse Dupree.
Michael and Angie Ballard have definitely had a good year starting with the birth of their daughter, Emilly Grace Lynn, on March 30, 2014 and now a brand new business. Let’s not forget it is also near time for Sturgis Bike Week and the opening of the “Full Throttle Saloon.” Until the new season starts, you can catch reruns on TruTV, or keep up with Michael on Facebook.