July 12, 2024

The Pizen Switch Times

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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Farmy’s Off-Road Park Attended by Dozens of Enthusiasts

Farmy’s Off-Road Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place on Friday April 14, 2023 at 11 am at the base of Y-Hill, overlooking the Valley View Cemetery and Mason Valley, Nevada.

Laura and BJ Butcher welcomed a crowd of several dozen people, Yerington Councilmen Jerry Bryant and Frank Pizzo, and Nevada Offroad Association Executive Director Mathew Giltner.

Laura Hardesty Butcher, CEO of VORRA Valley Off Road Racing Association reported to the Pizen Switch Times in March:

“The City of Yerington has almost 1,000 acres of unused land that they have designated for off-road use. This also made it possible for me to create a nonprofit, Farmy Inc. With that I will be managing the area for the next 25 years.”

This project is dedicated to the memory of Michael Hardesty, also known as Farm Boy or Farmy. Mike was Laura’s brother and longtime friend of Laura’s husband BJ. He was a well-known and loved member of the Mason Valley community and of the Off-Road Racing community.

Laura wrote, “Throughout Mike’s years in off-road, he enjoyed racing quads, motorcycles, & class 7 trucks in multiple series. @racemran @scoreinternational & @valleyoffroadracingassociation being among his favorites.”

“We are looking forward to many years of fun, with family & friends at Farmy’s Off-Road Park.”

BJ Butcher reported that Farmy’s Off-Road Park is a multi-use facility for people to have fun, recreate and socialize with other off-road enthusiasts while observing safety precautions.

The Butchers noted that many people and organizations have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring the dream of Farmy’s Off-Road Park into reality.

When the time came to cut the ribbon to ceremoniously declare that Farmy’s Off-Road Park is now OPEN, Kay Hardesty (the mother of Michael “Farmy” Hardesty and Laura Hardesty Butcher) stepped up for the task.

On Thursday April 13, 2023 , Farmy’s Off-Road Park, Nevada Offroad Association, VORRA, and Tread Lightly participated in a park clean-up.  The Yerington Chapter of Desert Pigs has been trying to keep ahead of illegal dumping that takes place on the land that now houses Farmy’s Off-Road Park.

Locals in Mason Valley may recall that up near the top of Cemetery Road and behind Y-Hill was the public dump for many decades. The refuse is  completely buried under tons of dirt and the desert landscape now hosts Farmy’s Off-Road Park.