OTTAWA, On. — Thousands flocked to Ottawa Stadium Sunday for Farm Aid. A country music benefit concert put on in part by Y101 to help raise funds for Ottawa Valley farmers who suffered following the drought this summer.

The show started with a number of local acts like Jordan McIntosh of Carleton Place, Gail Gaven of Quyon, Ambush from the Ottawa Valley and Jason Blaine born in Pembroke.

The concert was just announced August 28th and sold approximately 3,000 tickets before the doors opened.

“It’s amazing how quickly people are willing to help out for a good cause,” said Don Foley, Chairman of the Ottawa Stadium Group. “These funds, and donations in kind will allow us to make sure that the farmers get as much help as we can possibly give them.”

Many of the country fans were decked out in plaid and dawning country hats, but knew they were really just there for a good cause.

“We’re here to help the farmers, especially up in Renfrew County,” said Lyle, a farmer closer to the city who wasn’t effected by the drought as bad. “75% of our crops are good, so we’re good to go, but next year it could be us.”

Dawna was at Ottawa Stadium supporting her daughter who’s an organic farmer.

“No, (my daughter’s not here)unfortunately she couldn’t afford it,” Dawna tells 1310News. “She’s still struggling and it’s been a really bad year for a lot of farmers.”

Approximately 3,000 tickets were sold starting at $60 each prior to the show and organizers were expecting a walk up for headliners Michelle Wright, Emerson Drive and Paul Brandt.

The amount raised at the concert is still to be announced and will be distributed through the Mennonite Disaster Service to farmers within the Ottawa Valley to help purchase hay or supplies for the 2013 season.

“I’m out here today to support the farmers,” Darlene tells 1310News. “It’s been a terrible year for them which in turn effects all of us when we’re buying our groceries.”