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June Jam features music, fun for a good cause
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People listen to the opening bands Saturday at the seventh Mitch Farmer June Jam at Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center. - photo by NAT GURLEY

The 7th annual Mitch Farmer June Jam kicked off Saturday afternoon with something new — 15-year-old Barron King’s animation dance routine to a couple of electronic dance mixes. The charity event’s goals, however, are the same as when local realtor Farmer started it in 2007, with this year’s profits going to the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Hall and Dawson counties. CASA provides legal advocates for child victims of physical, sexual or emotional abuse. When Farmer died in December 2009 from a congenital heart defect, his friends and family carried on the June concerts. “His legacy is carried on in this community to benefit children,” said CASA Executive Director Connie Stephens. This year’s financial goal from ticket sales, tables and a silent auction is $25,000, Stephens said, the same amount netted last year. CASA served 492 children last year in the two counties, Stephens said.