Farm Aid – April 24, 1993 Ames, Iowa

We went to the Farm Aid Concert to see Neil Young. Little did we know that we would bluff our way back stage and he would meet him and shake his hand. Here is the photo of that meeting.

The highlight of a long drive… Neil Young meets Bruce and tells him. “Bruce,I really like your music.”

All of America watched as the Flood of ’93 left thousands of Midwest families homeless. Heavy rains caused the Mississippi and Missouri rivers to rise up and overflow their banks, swallowing entire towns along the way. Eight million acres of crops were destroyed and 20 million acres were damaged. With their backs already against the wall due to heavy debt and low farm prices, Midwest family farmers had few resources left to deal with the effects of the flooding. In response to the flood, FARM AID created the Family Farm Disaster Fund to support organizations that worked directly with farm families stricken by the flood. When farmers needed help to avoid foreclosure due to losses from the flood, FARM AID-funded groups were there to help them save their farms. FARM AID VI, held in Ames, Iowa on April 24, featured performances by Bruce Hornsby, Bryan Adams, Ringo Starr, Marty Stuart, Martina McBride, the Highwaymen, and Dwight Yoakam.

The drive over took us through a lot of flooded farmland. Bad, bad stuff, that was. Here are photos of the concert and this is the description of the day from the Farm Aid website: