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PHOTOS: Scenes from Farm Aid 2018

Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson and More Play Annual Benefit for Family Farms

A strong contingent of modern country music’s most authentic voices descended on Hartford, Conn. on Saturday (Sept. 22) for Farm Aid 2018.

The all-star lineup included performances by Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and board members Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp and Neil Young.

But although the music was world-class, thousands of fans showed up early at the Xfinity Theatre before the day-long event even started, and it was mostly in support of American family farms.

Since its 1985 inception, Farm Aid has raised more than $53 million to support family farmers. Proceeds from the annual concert and the initiative’s community of donors are granted to IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofits working to strengthen America’s family farm agriculture. So far, more than $22 million has been allotted to over 300 organizations nationwide.

According to the Hartford Courant, Saturday’s Farm Aid was the first in Connecticut and organizers hoped the event would raise $1.5 million towards its ongoing mission.

Enjoy scenes from Farm Aid 2018:

Willie Nelson and Friends

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HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 22: Willie Nelson and friends perform during Farm Aid 2018 at Xfinity Theatre on September 22, 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson

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HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 22: Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson, and David Amram perform during Farm Aid 2018 at Xfinity Theatre on September 22, 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 22: Willie Nelson performs during Farm Aid 2018 at Xfinity Theatre on September 22, 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Margo Price

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HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 22: Corey McCormick and Margo Price perform during Farm Aid 2018 at Xfinity Theatre on September 22, 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 22: Margo Price performs during Farm Aid 2018 at Xfinity Theatre on September 22, 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Kacey Musgraves

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HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 22: Kacey Musgraves performs during Farm Aid 2018 at Xfinity Theatre on September 22, 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

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Chris Stapleton

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HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 22: Chris Stapleton performs during Farm Aid 2018 at Xfinity Theatre on September 22, 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 22: Chris Stapleton performs during Farm Aid 2018 at Xfinity Theatre on September 22, 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

The Wisdom Indian Dancers

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HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 22: The Wisdom Indian Dancers perform during Farm Aid 2018 at Xfinity Theatre on September 22, 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Sturgill Simpson

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HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 22: Sturgill Simpson performs during Farm Aid 2018 at Xfinity Theatre on September 22, 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

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HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 22: Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real perform during Farm Aid 2018 at Xfinity Theatre on September 22, 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 22: Lukas Nelson performs during Farm Aid 2018 at Xfinity Theatre on September 22, 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds

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HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 22: Dave Matthews performs during Farm Aid 2018 at Xfinity Theatre on September 22, 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 22: Tim Reynolds and Dave Matthews perform during Farm Aid 2018 at Xfinity Theatre on September 22, 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

John Mellencamp

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HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 22: John Mellencamp performs during Farm Aid 2018 at Xfinity Theatre on September 22, 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Neil Young

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HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 22: Neil Young + Promise of the Real perform during Farm Aid 2018 at Xfinity Theatre on September 22, 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 22: Neil Young performs during Farm Aid 2018 at Xfinity Theatre on September 22, 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

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