This year marks the 35th year of the Burnsville Fire Muster! What began as small group of fire truck collectors gathering together in a parking lot in Burnsville has become a 4 day celebration for community members and visitors alike featuring beer tasting, entertainment, fireworks, carnival rides, kids activities, emergency personnel demonstrations, food and beverages from local restaurants, and, of course, the combined fire truck and community parade! While many of your favorite events are still on the agenda, there are a few new items slated for 2014 and we’ve gathered a list of a few of the must-see events at this year’s festival.
1. BURNSVILLE’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY BLOCK PARTY
September 3rd, 7-9pm
Nicollet Commons Park
You are not going to want to miss Fire Muster’s kick-off event celebrating Burnsville’s 50th Anniversary. Block Party attendees will enjoy live music from The White Sidewalls American Rock’n’Roll Sampler, free birthday cake & ice cream, free face painting for the kiddos & more! So grab your blanket, chairs and enjoy the end of summer with the Fire Muster Board!
2. FIRE TRUCK WATER DISPLAY
September 5th & 6th, 6-9:30pm
Civic Center Park
Ever wanted to see a fire truck in action? Be sure to stop by the Fire Truck Water Display to watch retired fire fighters and aficionados spraying water into the air through beams of colored lights; a fun (and colorful) event for the whole family!
3. LIVE MUSIC
September 5th & 6th at various times
Nicollet Commons Park & Civic Center Park (see below for details)
There is never any shortage of music at the Burnsville Fire Muster and this year’s lineup is one of the best yet! Check below for the different acts that will be playing at Fire Muster and when and where you can catch them!
- The Whitesidewalls – Sept. 5, 7-9pm, Nicollet Commons Park
- Arch Allies – Sept. 5, 7-11pm Civic Center Park
- Rockin Hollywood – Sept. 6, 1:30-3pm Civic Center Park Main Stage
- Hitchville – Sept. 6, 7-11pm, Civic Center Park Main Stage
September 5th from 7-11pm and 6th from 12-11pm
Civic Center Park
No community celebration would be complete without a carnival. This year you’ll find fair style rides, midway type games and delicious carnival foods for purchase (who doesn’t love a good cheese curd or corn dog?) as well as several other food vendors to please every palate. Carnival ride tickets can be purchased at Cub Foods. Get yours in advance and avoid the line this weekend!
5. FIRE TRUCK PARADE
September 6th starting at 11:00am
Parade Route Map
One of the most anticipated events at Fire Muster is the one that started it all, the Fire Truck Parade! The parade boasts over 100 modern and vintage trucks and features individuals and fire departments from in and around the Twin Cities area! Don’t forget to stick around for the Community Parade immediately following the Fire Truck Parade!
6. BURNSVILLE’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY CEREMONY AND RECEPTION
September 6th, 1:15-3pm
Civic Center Park – Main Stage
This ceremony, led by Mayor Elizabeth Kautz and the Burnsville Historical Society, will commemorate Burnsville’s 50 years and will include appearances by several original Burnsville families, an afternoon concert featuring music from then to now, as well as a 50th Anniversary historical display.
7. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
September 6th, 12-5pm
Civic Center Park in front of the Main Stage
Catch the Minnesota Timberwolves as they join the festivities at the Burnsville Fire Muster! Enter into a friendly basketball shooting competition with your friends on our pop-a-shot, enjoy some Timberwolves gear, and enter-to-win even bigger prizes!
8. HOT AIR BALLOON TETHER RIDES
September 6th, 5-7pm
Civic Center Park
Catch the thrill of a hot air balloon ride with the safety of a tether at the Hot Air Balloon Tether Rides near the Carnival rides. Riders must be 10 years of age or older and must sign a waiver of liability form to ride. Riders between the ages of 10 and 18 must have a form signed by a parent or guardian and a donation of $5.00 will be requested from each rider which will benefit future Fire Musters!
9. BURNSVILLE 50TH ANNIVERSARY FIREWORKS DISPLAY
September 6th starting at 9:45pm
Civic Center Park – Above Main Stage
FIREWORKS! They will be capping off this year’s celebration of with one of the largest fireworks shows in Minnesota! Sponsored by Total Wine, this year’s display is gearing up to be the biggest in Fire Muster history and one you won’t want to miss!
With so many great events and activities, be sure to check out a full list of events going on this year at www.burnsvillefiremuster.com and Follow them on Facebook for updates and notifications all week long! Another bonus, Durham School Service will be providing free shuttle service from the Heart of the City parking garage / Senior HS Campus to the Civic Center Park on Friday night from 6pm- 11pm and Saturday from 2pm – 11pm.
While most events at the festival are free, a Fire Muster Button is needed to gain entrance into Civic Center Park if you arrive after 5:00pm on either Friday or Saturday evening for everyone 5 years and older. Buttons are available at both Burnsville Cub Foods, Burnsville City Hall, JoJo’s Rise & Wine, and any of the four Burnsville Walser dealerships. Get your buttons in advance to save money and avoid long lines!