“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.