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To say 2012 has been one for the books would be a gross understatement.

When I think back on the past year, I can’t help but wonder where the time has gone. Carly Rae Jepsen is a household name now, not just the new girl who has a great tune. And Taylor Swift seemed to be too busy breaking hearts to write any songs for new fans.

But the artists have done it again, leaving the year on a great finale with some albums likely to garner serious recognition having been released just weeks ago.

Tim Reynolds, who will play with Dave Matthews at Farm Aid, remembers growing up on a farm well. As a toddler he would frolic through the cornfield that, given his height at the time, seemed “like a forest.” But with the advent of cooperate farming, it has now become more difficult for families to sustain their farms.

Farm Aid — a nonprofit that has grown out of a benefit concert first organized in 1985 — is actively trying to change that reality. Keeping with the original tradition, each year a concert is held at a different location in the United States.

This year, Farm Aid will take over Hersheypark Stadium, with doors opening at noon on Saturday. As always, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Matthews will perform, but many other artists such as Reynolds and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will also take the stage.

Central Pennsylvania is fortunate enough to be filled with various summer festivals, some spotlighting art, books and music.

But now that the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts wrapped up this past week, State College will again be flooded with people who appreciate a different kind of art — wings.

The 14th annual WingFest event, hosted by Tussey Mountain, will kick off at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the Tussey Mountain Amphitheater. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will run until 10 p.m.

If “You Get What You Give,” Zac Brown Band will receive lots of love during its 8 p.m. performance Friday at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Playing for the first time at Penn State, the Zac Brown Band has nearly sold out the venue as of Tuesday, BJC director of sales and marketing Bernie Punt said.

“I think it’s because they have a unique fan base as far as music,” he said.

State College should be happy to have The Had Knots.

Not only has the band added its light pop rock to our music scene, but its new EP “Sidewalk Chalk” adds to the list of great local releases in the past few months.

The five-song EP shows off the band’s multi-instrumental skills and lyricism. The bookends of “Sidewalk Chalk” are the most entertaining, with opening track “Good Morning Sunshine” starting everything off right.