Clues 1 and 2 narrowed the possibilities down to seven states: Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Minnesota, Wisconsin, California and Kansas.

Clue No. 3 wasn’t especially helpful: “The city where this year’s concert will be got its name way back in the 1700s.”

As Catherine_Mason pointed out in a comment on my first Farm Aid story, there are tons of cities in these seven states that got their names in the 1700s. Next clue please.

Clue No. 4: “The city for this year’s concert has a professional sports team named after an animal.”

Okay, let’s look at likely cities in each state. The most obvious choice for Missouri would be St. Louis, which has the Rams and the Cardinals. Of course Kansas City would be a good location too, because it straddles two of the seven remaining states, but it has no pro teams with animal names. And going back to clue 3, St. Louis got its name in the 1700s, so it’s the prime suspect at this point.

In Oklahoma, choices would include Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Oklahoma City has the Redhawks, a Pacific Coast League baseball team and the Yard Dawgz an arena league football team, both of which are stretching the “named after an animal” thing. And the closest Tulsa comes is the Talons, its arena league football team. So let’s rule out Oklahoma.

Looking at Tennessee, Nashville and Memphis would seem to be the frontrunners. Nashville has the Predators (hockey) and the Broncs (basketball), but, again, not technically animal names. Memphis has the Grizzlies, which would put it in the running, except it wasn’t founded until 1819. So Tennessee would appear to be out.

Next up is Minnesota, with Minneapolis the chief prospect. The city does have the Timberwolves (NBA) and the Lynx (WNBA), but it didn’t get its name until the 1800s. One more state down.

Up in Wisconsin, there’s Milwaukee, which got its name from the Native Americans, but the closest they come to an animal named pro sports team is the NBA Bucks, not a very strong candidate.

As the country’s third largest state, California is littered with cities that could be possible locations for Farm Aid. But sticking to the festival’s theme, somewhere like Sacramento or Fresno would be good choices. Sacramento sort of has an animal named team, the PCL baseball team the River Cats, and Fresno has the PCL Grizzlies and the Coyotes, an arena league football team. However, even though Sacramento gets its moniker from the Sacramento River, which was named in the 1700s, it and Fresno weren’t named until the mid-1800s. So California doesn’t look so good as a candidate.

Last up is Kansas, where we’ve already ruled out Kansas city. Topeka and Wichita would be good possibilities. Except Topeka has no pro sports teams and wasn’t named until the mid-1800s. Wichita might have the pro ball hockey team the Wombats and get its name from the Wichita Indians, but it wasn’t established until the mid-1800s.

That means the most likely candidate so far for Farm Aid this year is St. Louis, Missouri, which brings us to the next hint, which is actually a twofer.

Clue No. 5: “If everyone from this year’s Farm Aid state showed up, we’d need over 5 million seats! And who knows how much beer!?”

Missouri’s estimated population in 2008 was 5,911,605 and St. Louis is the home of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the largest brewing company in the U.S. We have a winner!

I realize several readers already guessed St. Louis in their comments on the last Farm Aid story, but I thought it might be fun to go ahead and take the long way there.

Regardless of where the festival is held this year, Farm Aid members will have the chance to get the jump on the rest of the country when pre-sale tickets go on sale Friday morning.

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