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The Mystery Jets performing.

A guest post from Mole Valley Farmers, drawing attention to their Rock Your Wellies competition and the family-friendly Chagstock festival.

Since it ‘went public’ for the first time in 2007, having first been held privately by a group of friends four years earlier, Chagstock has become one of the South West’s most loved summer festivals. The 2013 event has just finished, and fans are hailing it as the best yet.

This beautiful little celebration is known as being particularly good for parents who want their kids to experience the fun that can be had at festivals whilst feeling completely safe and secure. There were once again separate camping areas for caravans and a ‘quiet field’ set aside specifically for those who wanted to chill out after the music was over rather than party all night, whilst, during the day, a children’s play area featured a great selection of activities like face painting, a ‘Village Green’, workshops and bouncy castles.

The fact that the whole two-day extravaganza is a not-for-profit event, with all funds going to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and Water Aid, is a sign of how ethically in tune the organisers of Chagstock are, and more families than ever decided to pack up their tents and descend on the Whiddon Down area this year to see the likes of the Boomtown Rats and Billy Bragg performing live.

The weather held up pretty well over the weekend and, although there was a bit of rain to leave members of the sold-out crowd glad they brought their men’s and ladies’ wellies along, the sun shone most of the time, and this – along with the circus theme – certainly contributed towards the fantastic atmosphere that could be felt all over the site. Loads of people got on board with the fancy dress suggestion, including festival organiser Simon Ford, who donned a ringmaster’s uniform before taking to the stage and playing with the house band.

Some more info about Chagstock can be found on the festival’s official website, with the pictures and ‘About Us’ section giving you an idea of what to expect next year. This is the kind of friendly and relaxed summer event that the Mole Valley Farmers Rock Your Wellies project wholeheartedly supports!

Image credit: Man Alive! (flickr.com)

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