Farm Aid setup is almost complete

It has been a full week of setting up Tents, Stage, Stage Covers, Tables and Chairs for the Farm Aid 2012 – Hershey, PA.  Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $40 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on their land.

 

You might see Charlie Gipe feeding the stars under this staff tent
The first tent up was the food tent for the thousands of volunteers and staff setting up the event

Farm Aid 2012 on September 22 at Hersheypark Stadium in Pennsylvania will feature:

Willie Nelson
John Mellencamp
Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds
Kenny Chesney
Jack Johnson
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
Jamey Johnson
ALO
Pegi Young & The Survivors
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Willie’s special guests The Blackwood Quartet and The Bee Creek UMC Choir

A sea of folding rental chairs cover the stadium floor
Farm Aid is setup for over 10,000 chairs of seating plus the stadium seating
Stage Lighting is attached to trusses by the dozens
Tom Cat Trusses with hundreds of lights are hoisted up into the roof system
Over 100 concrete blocks are used in the event
Dusk approaches early as I catch the last ray of sun for pictures
Hershey Arena dwarfs the 40 x 100 tent
The Old Hershey Arena will host many of the artists Saturday
Over 86 TONS of tent weights were used for Farm Aid
We delivered 86 TONS of reusable tent ballast for Farm Aid
This tent was framed during the storm, and topped the next morning
Free standing frame tents and ballast minimize the tripping hazards
Feesers refrigerated trailer backs up to mess tent for the Roadies
Feesers donated a “Reefer” for the volunteer food tent
Portable Restrooms were provided by Walters
Not unusual to run into Walters Portable Restrooms at our events

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