For the first time since Willie Nelson founded the Farm Aid series of concerts during the farm crisis of the 80’s, the annual event will be held in Missouri!

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and the Dave Matthews Band will bring the festival to the Verizon Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, Missouri on Sunday, October 4.

“Farm Aid has deep roots in the Midwest that reach back to our first concert in Illinois in 1985,” said Farm Aid president Willie Nelson. “I’m looking forward to bringing my friends together on the Farm Aid stage to celebrate family farmers and the crucial work they do. Farmers do so much more than bring us the good food we all want to eat. America needs family farmers to revitalize our economy and make our country healthy.”

Farm Aid 2009 Presented by Horizon Organic will feature Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews on Sunday, October 4 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, Mo., plus other top artists to be announced. The concert event will celebrate music, family farmers and good food, and will again feature HOMEGROWN concessions–family-farm identified, local and organic foods. Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village will showcase hands-on activities that give concertgoers a chance to meet farmers, get their hands dirty, and learn how family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water, and connecting us to our roots.

“Family farmers are innovative entrepreneurs who safeguard our food, environment and health,” said Carolyn Mugar, executive director of Farm Aid. “Since the beginning, Farm Aid has worked with family farmers in the Midwest to keep them on the land, especially in the face of factory farms that have threatened to take over food production. At Farm Aid, concertgoers will reap the benefits of this work and will experience food grown by Missouri’s family farms.”

Not only am I there,  I just made my plans for my anniversary weekend!