CHESTERVILLE — Tucked away behind the corn fields off Forward Rd. and County Rd. 43, the reported last annual event at ‘Farmer John’ Brugman’s place has cranked out its final tunes and spectacle in North Dundas Township.
In its final and 26th iteration, ‘Farmer John’s Summer Party’ continued its embrace of contemporary DJ culture, with featured spinners DJ Bobby Beatz and DJ Sparky.
2019 was the grand finale for the regionally popular private event, a fact confirmed by Brugmans in an earlier Facebook post where he acknowledges the wrap-up was the result of “a few people” causing “problems” last year, creating insurance challenges and increased scrutiny by the township’s bylaw department. “Because of this, I regretfully have to announce that this will be the last Farmer John’s Summer Party,” Brugmans wrote in the official Facebook event. “We have had 25 great fun years and going to have a great 26th year. Let’s make this a fun, safe last party.”
Alleged bad behaviour coinciding with the party’s waning hours in 2018 had the SD&G OPP looking into complaints of physical assault — in connection with a fight — as well as a reported incident of sexual assault and mailboxes damaged and stolen along Forward Rd.
This year’s party was to proceed through 2 a.m., but with the volume turned down “a little” at 11 p.m. “so neighbours don’t complain,” the cash-cropper said in the posting.
“The turnout was great,” reported Bobby Brown, aka DJ Bobby Beatz, whose Greely-based outfit handled the sound and lighting.
The promoted list of events again included the party’s traditional arrival of skydivers early Saturday evening (they usually try to land in a pool) as well as helicopter rides. Attendees brought their own alcohol to the private site, as usual.
Social media posts from attendees and organizers seem to indicate general satisfaction with this year’s event.