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Food Pantry concert July 25

After last year's successful, first-time Foodstock concert, Foodstock '09 is even bigger this year.

On July 25, five bands and solo performers will come together at the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell to help raise money for the Becker County Food Pantry.

People are encouraged to bring a donation for the food pantry. Food donations are always welcome, but monetary donations are appreciated because of the discount the food pantry can use on food.

"A dollar of money goes a lot farther than a dollar worth of food," organizer Mike Hokanson said he's been told.

Hokanson, who is a part of SLOG Band, said last year he and the rest of the band decided it was time to help out the food pantry and have a free-will concert.

"There's definitely a need, and even more so this year, with the economy," he said.

Since there is no cost to use the bandshell, and the musicians are performing as a service, every dollar raised goes to the food pantry.

"It'll be a casual afternoon. Come enjoy the music, and hopefully we'll have good weather," he said.

At 1 p.m., John "Mr. Jack" Hutchinson and his student Carrie Sorensen will take the stage, followed by Emma Wood (district winner of the Colgate Country Music Showdown) at 2 p.m., SLOG Band at 3, Crashing Down at 4:30 and the Fat Cats at 6. The concerts run until 8 p.m.

"I'm glad the Fat Cats decided to help out. They were more than willing," Hokanson said.

The concert raised over $4,000 last year. Hokanson said J & B Group, KDLM and Wild 104.1 have taken care of all advertising costs for this year.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets, to enjoy an afternoon of music. Being so close to the lake, Hokanson also suggested bringing swimsuits to come and go from the concert if so desired.

Regardless of what method you choose, come enjoy a variety of music and support the Becker County Food Pantry next Saturday.