Fire Fest 2011 -- You do not want to miss out

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The riverfront in downtown New Haven is where the action will be this coming Saturday.

The Riverfront Arts District will host the forth-annual Fire Fest, and organizers are predicting record crowds. The event opens at 10:00am on Saturday morning, but activities officially begin with a thundering cannon salvo at 11:30, immediately followed by a parade.

This FREE, family-oriented festival celebrates the wonder and power of fire, and includes a full day of activities, demonstrations, events and entertainment. 

There will be glass blowing and blacksmithing demonstrations, along with a wide variety of artisans, artists and crafters showcasing their wares. W.W.I, II and Civil War re-enactors in full regalia will be encamped, and canon firing and pumpkin catapulting demonstrations will occur throughout the day.

Entertainment during the day will include live music, storytellers, and a tractor rodeo. After sundown the St. Louis Hoop Club and the Poi Twirling Fire Dancers will perform. The Hoop Club will also be offering hoop-dancing classes for a fee at 3:00 in the afternoon.

The Grand Finale will begin around 6:30pm, with the torching of the House of Ice, followed by the Trebuchet flaming pumpkin firing. All manner of food and refreshment will be on sale.

For visitors who wish to enjoy New Haven's other attractions during Fire Fest, a bus will be running a continuous route between Robller Winery, 2nd Shift Brewery and Downtown starting at 11:00, with stops at each location every 30 minutes. Parking is free and plentiful at all locations. Tickets for unlimited bus rides are $10 per passenger and can be purchased from the driver.