Farm Aid 2006 Draws 25,000

CAMDEN, N.J., Sept. 30 (UPI) — This weekend’s Farm Aid event in Camden, N.J. saw 25,000 fans raise $1.1 million in ticket sales, while artists promoted the purchase of family farm foods.

A Farm Aid news release said Saturday’s event, which was presented by Silk Soymilk, broadcast a message of support for both the annual fundraising event and family farms throughout America.

“The Farm Aid concert brings us all together to support family farmers, one of our most valuable resources,” said Farm Aid founder Willie Nelson, who also performed on Saturday. “Everyone deserves access to good, family farm food all of the time. I’m proud to be on stage with my friends sharing that message with Camden, Philadelphia and the nation.”

Performers at this year’s event included Jerry Lee Lewis, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and several others, all of who support the good food movement.

The release since the first Farm Aid benefit concert took place in 1985, the annual event has helped bring attention to the decline in American family farms and help such families maintain their land.

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