If you’re a fan of country music—and a fan of doing good—you’ll want to make plans to attend northern Missouri’s premier country music and camping festival August 4–5. The festival benefits worthwhile area charities each year.

Photo credit: Jake Nowack

Mid-America Music Festival (MAMF) is presented annually by CFM Insurance, one of the top three largest farm mutual insurance companies in the state of Missouri. It’s held on the 70-acre grounds of the Black Silo Winery in Trenton, Mo.

Owners Duane Urich and Jenn Hottes started planting grapes at their winery in Trenton in 2010. The winery opened its doors to the public in 2013.

Both Duane and Jenn have a love for music and giving back to the community. They decided to put those two passions together and host their first Mid-America Music Festival in July 2017.  Ozark Mountain Daredevils was the headliner that year. Then they created the nonprofit Black Silo Foundation.

“The Mid-America Music Festival brings together friends and family from all over the Midwest,” says Jenn Hottes, Black Silo Foundation President. “We gather for a weekend to enjoy incredible music and have unforgettable experiences with the company of our favorite people.   Bring a friend, pack a lawn chair or blanket or plan to camp for the weekend and enjoy all of the festivities.”

This year, for as low as $60, you can see an amazing two-day lineup of local and national country music artists, plus all-day access to food trucks, a spacious wine tent, several beer stations (including 24 taps of American and craft beer), the Jim Beam Grain Bin, selfie stations, shopping vendors, 50 acres of primitive RV and tent camping, fireworks, and a whole lot more. 

More than 3,000 fans attend each year, supporting small rural communities, charities, and live music.

Photo credit: Jake Nowack

With a mission to help boost the economic development of small rural communities in Northern Missouri, Black Silo Foundation focuses its support on charities that serve children, youth and families, healthcare, education, veteran affairs, and animals in Grundy, Livingston, Linn, Sullivan, Putnam, Mercer, Harrison, Daviess, or Caldwell Counties.  

This year the festival is supporting Boy Scout Troop 97 Trenton, Boy Scout Troop 120 Chillicothe, Camp Rainbow, and Green Hills Animal Shelter. The Black Silo Foundation is proud to support northern Missouri charities through this annual concert event. 

Gates open Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5 at 2 PM, with country bands starting at 2:45 PM each day. Here’s the lineup:

Friday, August 4

2:45 PM   Slow Leak 

4:15 PM   Alex Williams 

5:45 PM   Micky & The Motorcars

7:30 PM   Cody Canada & The Departed

9:30 PM   Southall 

Saturday, August 5

2:45 PM  Jayson Orr & Shop Band

4:15 PM  Dirt Road Addiction

5:45 PM  Drake White

7:30 PM  The Cadillac Three

9:30 PM  Chris Janson

There will be an after party at 11 PM each night immediately following the headliner performance. Food Trucks and the beer garden will remain open during the after party.

Why not plan to attend MAMF? You can camp out and rock out—for a good cause.

For an interesting article on Missouri’s musical heritage, click here.

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