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2019 Fire MusterPhotos of the 2019 event compliments of the Burnsville Fire Muster and Allen photoworks.
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2019 Fire MusterPhotos of the 2019 event compliments of the Burnsville Fire Muster and Allen photoworks.
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2019 Fire MusterPhotos of the 2019 event compliments of the Burnsville Fire Muster and Allen photoworks.
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Fire Muster returns for 39th year 2019September 9, 2019 - Burnsville Eagan Sun/Thisweek News - photo and story by John Gessner

Next year is the big four-oh, and Tami Allen is already looking ahead — not to her own birthday but that of the Fire Muster, Burnsville’s annual post-Labor Day community festival.

Bigger and even better would be nice for the 40th anniversary, said Allen, an 11-year Fire Muster veteran and chair of its executive board.

“Trying to prep for the 40, we want to be able to have the option to bring in bigger bands and have more space,” Allen said. “Because now, we’re busting at the seams.”

First comes the 39th annual Fire Muster, which officially kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 3, with the opening of the medallion hunt. It concludes on Saturday, Sept. 7, with a full day of activities that includes the Heart of the City Run/Walk, the Fire Truck and Community Parade, carnival rides, the Kidz Korner, police and fire demonstrations, fire equipment displays, live music, the beer garden and fireworks at dusk.

Admission is free, a tradition begun in 2017. Souvenir buttons will still be sold but not required for admission to events, most of which are held in and around Civic Center Park, located east of Nicollet Avenue between 130th and 134th streets.

“We want everybody to come,” Allen said. “We have something for everybody, we really do.”

This year’s main stage bands are the Johnny Holm Band from 7:30-11 p.m. Friday and the World According to Garth, a Garth Brooks tribute, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Fireworks will follow at 9:45, with music by 8 Foot 4 from 10-11 p.m.

Music, food and drink begin on Wednesday with the Burnsville City Block Party from 5:30-8 p.m. at Nicollet Commons Park in the Heart of the City. The PanHandlers, a steel drum band, will entertain.

The annual Fire Muster classic car show will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Heart of the City Parking deck. The annual craft beer tasting sponsored by Red Lion Liquors will be held at the nearby Ames Center plaza from 6-8 p.m.

In Civic Center Park, beer and food sales, carnival rides and vendors will run from 5-11 p.m. Friday. Fire truck equipment and water displays will be offered from 6-9:30 p.m.

Saturday is the busiest day, beginning with the Heart of the City Run/Walk from 6:45-10 a.m.. The Community and Fire Truck Parade begins at 11 a.m. Carnival rides, food and beer sales and vendors will continue through 11 p.m.

Fire equipment old and new remains a Fire Muster staple, through the volume has waned since the early days. The event grew out of an exhibit and parade held in the late 1970s by Burnsville resident and fire equipment collector Roger Jackson.

The Fire Truck Display and Safety Zone will feature many of the trucks seen in the parade, as well as police and fire demonstrations, from noon to 9:30 p.m. Search and rescue dog shows will be held at 1 and 2 p.m. Information from the National Weather Service, the American Red Cross and other safety organizations will be available.

The Minnesota Fire Engine Club is bringing in a replica of the Squad 51 ambulance seen in the 1970s action show “Emergency!” Allen said. The club’s Daniel McNulty and his son, Henley, have worked to beef up the Fire Muster’s equipment displays and attract other organizations to the event, she said.

Allen is especially excited about this year’s Kidz Korner, located in front of the city skateboard park next to The GARAGE.

The Burnsville Training Center, located in The GARAGE building, will open its doors and have Burnsville High School hockey players on hand, Allen said. The high school wrestling team will demonstrate takedowns. And the I Got Skills soccer program will bring a blow-up soccer field to the Kidz Korner that kids can play on, she said.

The Como Zoo is bringing an animal demonstration to the Kidz Korner, which is known for its Big Wheel races (2 p.m.) and baby crawl races (2:45 p.m.).

“I know there’s going to be snakes,” Allen said. “Snakes is the one thing that I know for sure. We had to get a permit for it.”

Looking to the 40th anniversary and beyond, Allen said organizers have been kicking around the idea of raising funds and working with the city to replace the small, awkwardly facing amphitheater structure in Civic Center Park. A new structure could enhance the grounds and enlarge the space, she said.

“It’s been talked about,” Allen said. “Now we’ve got to talk about how to move forward.”

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