Country superstar Kenny Chesney has joined the Farm Aid line up on September 20 for its first ever New England music festival at the...

Country superstar Kenny Chesney has joined the Farm Aid line up on September 20 for its first ever New England music festival at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA.

“American family farmers are what this country is built on … and they have fed us and kept us strong and healthy for how many generations?” said Chesney in a statement. “Growing up in a small town outside Knoxville, it was a big part of who we were — and it’s something we as a country shouldn’t lose. If I can help be part of that — whether it’s raising money, or awareness, or just letting those family farmers know someone knows and cares — well, that’s why I’m coming to New England.”

Singer/songwriter Chesney is a four-time Country Music Association and three-time as well as the current Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year. The Farm Aid concert comes just weeks after Chesney closes his Poets & Pirates 2008 Tour.

Tickets for Farm Aid 2008 Presented by Whole Foods Market and Horizon Organic went on sale July 28 at 10 a.m. EDT. Tickets are priced at $35 for lawn, $55 for uncovered seats, $95 for covered seats and $200 for VIP plus a $7 parking and facility fee for all tickets.

The day-long festival will celebrate music and good food, featuring hands-on activities in the HOMEGROWN Village that will showcase the direct connection between who is growing our food and what we eat every day. The concert event will again feature family-farm identified, local and organic foods at concessions, setting an example of the many ways that family farm food can be integrated into the general marketplace.

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By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen