Great balls of fire and a flaming good time at Fire Fest 2011

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version

Photos by Kyle Quick

New Haven, Mo -- Glass blowing, blacksmithing demonstrations, canon firing, flamed hula hooping, and what Fire Fest has become famously known for; torching The House of Ice.  This was the fourth year The Riverfront Arts District hosted the annual Fire Fest and also the largest crowd since the very first Fire Fest in 2008.

QuickNewHavenNews' team coverage of Fire Fest 2011 day's events can be read in Kaylin Bade's article by click here.

While the sun began to set, excitement began to fill the air.  The Civil war re-enactors held their final canon firing display, starting the evening events off with a bang. 

Similar to the civil war, the commanding officer would yell out instructions to his men who were manning the canons and instruct them when to fire the canon and unleash fear on the enemy.  A large blast was heard followed by a huge bloom of smoke and a site to behold.

The Poi Twirling Fire Dancers and their hula hoops of fire put on a performance that was jaw dropping.  Their eye-catching talent and flawless movements to different tunes of music was simply pure beauty in motion.

After the Fire Dancers left specters with amazement of their stunning performance, the time had come to torch The House of Ice and the grand finale of the evening.  The audience watched as the fire began to grow and water flow down the melting blocks of ice.  Words cannot describe the beauty of watching fire through the thick blocks of ice and how the flames illuminated and grew, shooting out the top of the house of ice in to the dark sky.  The glow could be seen from the bluff over looking downtown.  A perfect ending to a perfect day.

There are some things that only a picture can describe, words could never do justice.  More photos below.