On September 21st, Farm Aid made its inaugural stop at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI. It would serve as the second time in 34 years that the one day festival has appropriately taken place in the heart of America’s Dairyland.
Since its initial foundation in 1985, Farm Aid and its board of directors have worked tirelessly in lending a helping hand to struggling family farms across the nation. The festival gives farmers a platform to share their real-life struggles to a broader audience, helping spread the true severity of over-industrialization. Being a nonprofit event, all proceeds are put towards helping family farms combat the greed of money hungry corporations, such as Monsanto.
With help from board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews, the festival’s 2019 installment resulted in an incredible turnout. Constant rain did little to prevent nearly 30,000 fans from entering the outdoor amphitheater to enjoy an entire day of great music, farm-raised “Homegrown” concessions, and countless activities. The event instilled hope into the future of family farming, and reinforced the true power individuals hold when they unite as one.
Check out Joe Ruffalo’s visual recap of Farm Aid 2019 below (More photos to be added soon).
For more information regarding Farm Aid, feel free to visit their official website here.