MAG's giant Farmyard Party is back for 2006 on a new flood-free site
following this year's near catastrophe when the valley flooded on the Sunday
night due to torrential rain in North Yorkshire.
The new site is still in the grounds of the fabulous Duncombe Park Estate
but much higher up. Organiser Pete Walker said, "Though a second massive
flood on the same weekend at the same spot would be a chance in a million,
we just couldn't risk it and a lot patrons of the premier event had
expressed fears of a repetition."
All the usual attractions will be on the new site and those who wish to take
a stroll down in the valley will be able to, there just wont be camping
MAG's Farmyard Party is the group's biggest fund raiser of the year and has
grown from small beginnings to enjoy a unique status as a giant rally which
has managed to retain the cosy familiarity of a small one.
Unlimited individual campfires will still help cultivate the atmosphere with
truckloads of timber shipped in for the purpose. The Farmyard is not so much
a show as a small nation established for one weekend in the Yorkshire hills.
Varied musical tastes are catered for with a main rock stage, blues tent,
traditional rally tent and dance tent, plus comedians, a bike show, and a
village of traders. The kaleidoscope of images against a background of wood
smoke-scented air make the Farmyard a unique all bike weekend camping
While almost every rally goer had left the valley site before the rain
started this year, many marshals lost all their on site possessions in the
flood and Pete Walker would like to thank all those who helped with the
appeal which was launched to reimburse them. He promised 2006 will be the
biggest and best Farmyard ever; so long as we don't have an earthquake.