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1980 Fire MusterSeptember 9, 1980 Burnsville Sun reports on the upcoming Fire Muster.
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Fire Muster an overwhelming success 1982The Dakota County Tribune September 16, 1982 reports a review of the 1982 Fire Muster,
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Friday block party will open community festival 1985It's the 6th Annual Burnsville Fire Muster reported in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
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Burnsville Fire MusterAn ad for the Fire Muster from 1988 From the Burnsville Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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Burnsville Fire MusterAd for the annual event - 2007.
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Burnsville Fire Muster 2009A Minneapolis Star Tribune article features the upcoming 2009 Fire Muster.
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Burnsville Fire Muster 2012The 2012 Fire Muster featured a classic cars showing.

Contractors Car Show was 5 - 8 p.m., parking ramp at Performing Arts Center. Older customs, street rods and classics.
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Fire Muster 2014One of the photos of the 2014 Fire Muster, provided by the City of Burnsville. This year marked 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.
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Fire Muster events will include nods to Burnsville's 50th anniversaryAugust 29, 2014 Burnsville Sun/Thisweek News reports:

Fire Muster events will include nods to Burnsville’s 50th anniversary

What’s new at this year’s Burnsville Fire Muster? Plenty, though tradition still rules, organizers say.

Burnsville’s 50th anniversary as a city will be celebrated, a new parade schedule will debut and a Saturday-night fireworks extravaganza will be the Fire Muster’s biggest yet.

The 35th annual Fire Muster, a late-summer tradition in Burnsville, runs from Wednesday, Sept. 3, through Sunday, Sept. 7.

Events will include Fire Muster staples such as the Fire Truck Parade and Community Parade (both on Saturday), carnival rides Friday through Sunday, live music, displays of old fire engines, firefighting and police demonstrations and many children’s activities.

Most events are at Civic Center Park, Nicollet Avenue and 130th Street. A complete schedule here and at www.burnsvillefiremuster.com.

Burnsville adopted the Fire Muster as its annual community festival in 1980. It evolved from late 1970s summer events led by Burnsville resident and fire-equipment collector Roger Jackson. A display of fire equipment at the former Diamondhead Mall was followed by short parades up Nicollet Avenue. Fire musters — celebratory gatherings of fire and rescue services — have been popular in New England and elsewhere.

Parades and tradition: The Fire Muster board of directors hopes to strengthen the event’s traditional roots by revamping the parade schedule.

The annual Fire Truck Parade will be held Saturday, as usual, beginning at 11 a.m. at 134th Street and Civic Center Parkway.

The annual Community Parade, held on Sunday in past years, will now immediately follow the Fire Truck Parade. It will commence from 130th Street and Parkwood Drive once the last fire truck passes through at about 11:20 a.m., said Tom Taylor, who chairs the Fire Muster board.

The same-day draw of the Community Parade, which is better attended and has more participants than the Fire Truck Parade, should bolster that parade’s attendance as well, Taylor said.

“This is a long-term plan as we continue to celebrate the roots of our festival, which is fire trucks,” he said.

Moving the Community Parade from Sunday also eliminates conflicts with worship services and Vikings games, Taylor said. And organizers expect more follow-on attendance at post-parade events in the afternoon and evening.

“The crowds for Saturdays are going to be larger than they’ve ever been,” said Taylor, who’s in his fifth year as Fire Muster chair.

“We’ve increased the number of events specifically geared toward children and families, including a greater concentration on safety-oriented events. We’re having search-and-rescue dogs this year.”

Burnsville’s 50th: The Fire Muster will feature two commemorations of Burnsville’s incorporation as a city, each featuring a popular musical act playing songs of yesteryear.

The Town Board voted for incorporation in 1964 after the two-and-a-half-year “Battle for Black Dog,” a legal fight that followed Bloomington’s attempt to annex Burnsville’s tax-rich Black Dog Power Plant. A state Supreme Court ruling for Burnsville paved the way for incorporation.

A 50th-anniversary block party featuring the White Sidewalls will be held Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Nicollet Commons Park in the Heart of the City. Food and beverages will be available. Free birthday cake will be served. The City Council will lead the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday.”

The White Sidewalls will play “era-appropriate music,” Taylor said. “They’re going to bring us back to 1964. And it’s completely free.”
On Saturday, a 50th-anniversary ceremony and reception are being held from about 1:15 to 3 p.m. The ceremony will be on the main stage in Civic Center Park, led by Mayor Elizabeth Kautz and the Burnsville Historical Society, Taylor said.

Representatives from up to a dozen original Burnsville families — those around in 1964 — are being invited to appear, Taylor said.
After the ceremony the Rockin’ Hollywoods will perform an afternoon concert featuring more era-appropriate music.

“They’re going to take us through what I will call the ‘Burnsville years.’ They’re going to start in 1964 and work their way into newer music. I hope they won’t get too new. I can live with the ’80s,” said Taylor, who is in his 50s.

A 50th-anniversary historical display will be available for viewing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Nighttime fun: Saturday night’s fireworks show is sponsored by Total Wine & More, the national superstore chain that’s opening a Burnsville store in late September near Target in the Burnhaven Shopping Center.

Total Wine donated “well into the five figures” for the pyrotechnics, Taylor said.

“This is their way of making a huge splash in the area,” Taylor said. The show will cost nearly three times as much as past Fire Muster fireworks shows, he said.

“They’re going to be bigger, it’s going to last longer,” Taylor said. “It’s being put on by the same people who do Twins games.”
Country band Hitchville will play the main stage on Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m.

Friday’s main-stage band is Arch Allies, playing songs from Journey, Styx and REO Speedwagon. The band made its Fire Muster debut last year.

“They drew incredible crowds,” Taylor said. “They are a top festival band.”

Other evening events include the annual car show Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the parking deck next to the Ames Center in the Heart of the City and the annual free beer sampling from 6 to 8 p.m. at the nearby Red Lion Liquors. Friday’s Burnsville Youth Sports Night will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the two beer tents on the main grounds. It’s a chance for past athletes and coaches to reunite.
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Fire Muster 2014One of the photos of the 2014 Fire Muster, provided by the City of Burnsville. This year marked 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.
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Fire Muster 2014One of the photos of the 2014 Fire Muster, provided by the City of Burnsville. This year marked 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.
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Fire Muster 2014This year marked 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.
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Fire Muster 2014This year marked 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. Photo provided by the City of Burnsville.

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Fire Muster 2014This year marked 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. Photo provided by the City of Burnsville.

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Fire Muster 2014This year marked 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. Photo provided by the City of Burnsville.

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Fire Muster 2014One of the photos of the 2014 Fire Muster, provided by the City of Burnsville. This year marked 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.
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Fire Muster 2014One of the photos of the 2014 Fire Muster, provided by the City of Burnsville. This year marked 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.
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Fire Muster 2014This year marked 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.
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Fire Muster 2014This year marked 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. Photo provided by the City of Burnsville.

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Fire Muster 2014This year marked 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. Photo provided by the City of Burnsville.

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Fire Muster 2014This year marked 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.
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Fire Muster 2014This year marked 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.
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Fire Muster 2014One of the photos of the 2014 Fire Muster, provided by the City of Burnsville. This year marked 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.
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Fire Muster 2014One of the photos of the 2014 Fire Muster, provided by the City of Burnsville. This year marked 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.
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Burnsville Fire Muster 2017The 2017 Fire Muster button design.
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Free admission among changes for 2017 Fire MusterThe Summer 2017 Burnsville Bulletin reports on the exciting new energy surrounding the 2017 Fire Muster, in its 38th year.
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Burnsville Fire Muster Button 2018The Burnsville Fire Muster button for 2018.
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Fire Muster history dates back more than 30 years - 2018September 3, 2018 Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News reports on the upcoming Fire Muster and its history since 1980.

Over a five-day stretch, Fire Muster features beer tasting, entertainment, fireworks, carnival rides, children’s activities, emergency personnel demonstrations, food and beverages served by local restaurants, and the community and fire truck parade – the latter of which started it all.

Burnsville’s community celebration began in 1980, evolving from a smaller, neighborhood-based activity. During the late 1970s, Burnsville resident and fire equipment collector Roger Jackson and some of his friends entertained children each summer by displaying his collection at what then was known as Diamondhead Mall, capping the day with a short parade of equipment down Nicollet Avenue.

In 1980, as the community considered the possibility of a citywide celebration, Jackson suggested to a group of interested residents and business people that perhaps a fire muster patterned after fire musters popular in New England might work. City officials liked the idea and the Burnsville Fire Muster & Community Celebration became an official city event.

A nonprofit corporation was formed to organize the celebration. Dedicated volunteers, augmented by nonprofit groups in town, organized, promoted, and staged the event. Fundraising proved to be an important and daunting activity. Business donations, button sales and income from concessions became vital funding sources, and continue to be to this day. Jackson and the committee envisioned a community block party, coronation of a queen and, most importantly, a parade of antique and modern fire equipment.

Dan Hendrikson, a former Burnsville Fire Department captain, was placed in charge of that parade and remained active in organizing Fire Muster events for over 20 years. Hendrikson was honored as the grand marshal of the fire truck parade on Sept. 11, 1999.

Burnsville’s current fire chief, B.J. Jungmann, along with members of his department are in charge of the Fire Truck Parade. Though the first fire truck parade contained an impressive array of some 50 units, it now boasts more than 100. Equipment comes from throughout the Midwest, ranging from horse-drawn hand pumpers (circa 1900) to the latest in firefighting machinery. In 2004, the Fire Muster’s Fire Truck parade was cited in the Guinness Book of World Records for holding the longest Fire Truck Parade in the World. Over 120 trucks were represented in that parade.

Today, Fire Muster is bigger than ever.

The Community and Fire Truck Parade were merged into one parade in 2014 after they were previously held on separate days – the Fire Truck Parade on Saturday and the Community Parade on Sunday – up until that time. The combined parade will be from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.

Most Fire Muster events are held Friday and Saturday in Civic Center Park. The Heart of the City and other locations throughout Burnsville also host events.

A full schedule of events appears inside this edition and online at BurnsvilleFireMuster.org. More information and photos from the event will be posted at SunThisweek.com.
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Burnsville Fire MusterThe Burnsville Bulletin features the Fire Muster's 20th anniversary.
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Fire Muster participation in other paradesThroughout the year you will find the Fire Muster parading in other communities - such as Lakeville, Rosemount, Eagan and Savage community events.
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