[singlepic id=9 w=320 h=240 float=right]Surviving ten years in the biker scene was an achievement, we thought, after some of the challenges we had faced. So we decided to celebrate by holding a biker party on a farm out at Lithgow. Known as Brown’s Farm in recognition of the owner, we were surprised by a strong turnout of riders from the wilder part of the motorcycle community.
It was surprising because we weren’t selling alcohol and had a Christian rock band playing, yet we still had many from the biker scene come and celebrate this mile stone in our clubs life. In fact this 1988 event was so well attended that we decided to make an annual event out of it at various venues in the area until 1993.
[singlepic id=10 w=320 h=240 float=left]Initially the event stayed at the original venue at Brown’s farm, until the owner decided to retire and sell up. By then it consistently attracted strong crowds, but it wasn’t without incident. One year rain threatened early in the week and when it arrived it made the dirt entry road almost impassable. Thankfully farmer Brown found us some gravel that we had to move by hand and spread by hand. It took hours but finally the road was usable. Thankfully a good crowd arrived but the heavy rain still lingered.
What made life more difficult was that the stage was made out of unused farm materials and there wasn’t a lot of cover for the bands and their PA. Remarkably the thunderstorms raged around the site of our party for many hours but it stayed dry enough for the bands to pump out some jumping rock and roll. The lightning literally surrounded us at Brown’s Farm for several hours while the bands played. It was a clear answer to prayer and the Bikers Church Service next morning was well attended.