(CelebrityAccess News Service) — Farm Aid 2003 Presented by Silk Soymilk is sold out, but tickets are still available through eBay. Farm Aid has tapped eBay as the outlet to provide fans access to the best seats and one-of-a-kind memorabilia including autographed guitars, T-shirts and posters. Farm Aid 2003 Presented by Silk Soymilk featuring Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Vanessa Carlton, Brooks and Dunn, Hootie &the Blowfish, Trick Pony, Titty Bingo, Daniel Lanois, Los Lonely Boys, Aaron Brotherton and Billy Bob Thornton will be held September 7 at Germain Amphitheater in Columbus, OH.
The eBay auction went live on August 18 and has already raised funds in the thousands to benefit family farmers. For more information on Farm Aid, to make a donation or to find available auction items, visit www.farmaid.org. Make a bid through the Farm Aid Web site, or visit www.ebay.com and search "Official Farm Aid." Fans can purchase packages until September 3, and winning bidders will be able to pick up their ticket packages at will-call on the day of the concert.
Some of the packages include:
— Two front-row or second-row tickets, all-day access to the Farm Aid VIP hospitality tent, one Farm Aid concert logo T-shirt valued at $50, concert program, VIP parking, and the official Farm Aid gift bag that is not available any where else. These packages also include access to a pre-concert press conference, where the artists, Farm Aid board members and farm leaders will gather to discuss important farm issues;
— Two upper pavilion seats, one Farm Aid logo T-shirt, concert program and Farm Aid's exclusive "Concert for America" DVD signed by Neil Young:
— Two upper pavilion tickets, one Farm Aid concert logo T-shirt, concert program and a 2002 Farm Aid poster signed by Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp: and
— Upper Pavilion seats are also available.
"Farm Aid selected eBay as the outlet to provide these ticket packages because the site has unparalleled reach to music fans," said Carolyn Mugar, Farm Aid executive director. "Fans can do more than see the concert with these packages; they can be a part of the experience."
Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp founded Farm Aid 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 $24 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Through public education and program grants, Farm Aid supports national, regional and local efforts to promote sustainable agriculture, fight factory farms, advocate for fair farm prices, and provide credit counseling and direct assistance to farm families. –by Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner