2012 Fire Fest - An Entertainment Inferno

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Photos by Kaylin Bade, 2011 Fire Fest

The riverfront in downtown New Haven is where the action will be on Saturday, November 3rd.  The Riverfront Arts District will host the fifth annual Fire Fest, and organizers are predicting record crowds.

The event opens at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday morning with a thundering cannon salvo and parade down Front Street.

This free, family-oriented festival celebrates the wonder and power of fire and includes a full day of activities, demonstrations, events and entertainment; including a pumpkin carving competition.

There will be glass blowing, Raku kiln firing and blacksmithing demonstrations, the incredible St. Louis Fire Technicians, along with a wide variety of artisans, artists and crafters showcasing their wares.  World War I and II re-enactors in full regalia will be encamped, and cannon firing and pumpkin catapult demonstrations will occur throughout the day.

Entertainment during the day will include live music, storytellers, and a tractor rodeo.  After sundown, the Fire Dancers will perform.  The big event will begin around 6:30pm, with the torching of the House of Ice, followed by the Trebuchet flaming pumpkin firing.  A “Burning Man” Sculpture will also be ignited by a flaming arrow on the opposite bank of the Missouri River.

An assortment of food and refreshments will be on sale throughout the day and evening. The Turner Family will be present with their famous chuck wagon, where all food is prepared in cast iron Dutch Ovens over wood fires. Also available will be Gumbo, BBQ, Fried Fish, Brats, and Funnel Cakes, just to name a few.  2nd Shift Brewing will have a craft brewed beer stand, and steaming adult beverages will be available from a new vendor called Hot Toddy’s.

Parking is free and plentiful at all locations, and a shuttle bus will be running to an overflow parking area located nearby on Orchard Street.

For more information, visit www.newhavenfirefest.com.