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Farm Aid 2013 prepares for thousands at SPAC, offers new mobile app


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Organizers at SPAC are getting ready for Saturday's Farm Aid 2013 and are giving concert goers something that will make their lives a little easier.

Since there will be a lot going on at SPAC on Saturday, concert goers will be able to us a new app this year that can be downloaded onto smart phones.

For the first time concert goers will be able to access the entire Farm Aid experience in the palm of their hands. It's the Farm Aid 2013 mobile app, giving people a list of what time artists will be performing and what vendors they can check out.

And that's Including the Home Grown Village, which will be featuring over 50 interactive exhibits, giving concert goers a chance to meet farmers and their products.

People get hands on with it and when they taste the food and they know the difference and know the crucial importance that they get involved.

Farm Aid was started back in 1985 by artist Willie Nelson who wanted to assist farmers during the farm crisis. And 26 years later Willie Nelson and other performers are trying to raise awareness about family farmers and the challenges they face.

The concert venue changes every year. This will be Farm Aid's second year in NY State.  They sold 25,000 Tickets in four days.

Saratoga Police tell NEWS10 ABC they have been in touch with other venues that hosted Farm Aid. Officials say they're handling this event like Traverse Day at the Saratoga Race Track.

Police are saying they are expecting another 10-thousand people to show up who don't have tickets and will instead be tailgating outside the park.

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