MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (AP) -- Country star Gretchen Wilson has joined Farm Aid performers who plan to take part in the Oct. 4 concert at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in suburban St. Louis.

Farm Aid organizers said on Oct. 3, an urban country fair will be held at the Tower Grove Farmers Market in St. Louis. Local groups will present activities on everything from composting to beekeeping to home brewing.

The Missouri Rural Crisis Center will be part of an event that evening on building farmer and city connections. And a "Farm Aid Eve" celebration is also planned the night of Oct. 3 at Blueberry Hill, a well-known University City restaurant and performance space.

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