All Questions Answered: Details on this Year’s Zozobra

Frequently Asked Questions on Zozobra and ZozoFest

Date July 30, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Author Staff

Publication SantaFe.com

Categories Community Local News & Sports

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This year's burning is taking place in a brand new way. Details on Zozobra and the inaugural ZozoFest, now compiled into a handy FAQ, appears below with all the information you need to have a fun and safe event.

When is Zozobra this year? The 89th burning of Zozobra will take place on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at the Fort Marcy ball park in beautiful downtown Santa Fe.

Gates Open at 3 p.m.

Entertainment begins at 3 p.m. 

Official Opening begins at 7 p.m.

We recommend you arrive in the venue by 8:30 p.m. 

Admission $10 dollars, children under 10 free. 

Buy tickets online at www.burnzozobra.com

What is the ticket contest?

Get your ticket by August 15 and be entered for a chance to win one of the amazing prizes below. Enter the contest here!

Prize One

LEAD ZOZOBRA’S ‘BURN HIM’ CHANT 
You and nine of your family or friends will be invited onto the Zozobra music stage to lead the crowd in the world famous “Burn Him Burn Him Burn Him” chant. Are you going to go for the full aggressive jump up and down fist pump chant or are you going to go for more of a more of a musical ten part harmony chant? If you win this prize be prepared to be the most popular and sought after person in Santa Fe. How many people have ever been able to do this in front of 30,000 plus? Exactly. 

Prize Two

A ZOZOBRA MARSHMALLOWS ROAST 
It doesn’t get any more inside than this! Once Zozobra has been engulfed in flames you’ve seen people at the top of the hill and wondered ‘what are they up to? We’re going to let you in on the ultimate Zozobra insider tradition, roasting marshmallows on Zozobra’s burning carcass, the ultimate insult to the fallen boogeyman. You and five of your friends will be escorted to the top of the hill and given everything you need, a long stick and a bag of marshmallows to roast to a fiery burnt perfection.’ 

Prize Three

PICTURE ON THE STAIRS AT 8 PM 
You will be one of the last ones to have your picture taken on the stairs with Zozobra before the party begins. You and five of your family or friends will be escorted on to the stairs where a professional photographer will take your picture with the guest of honor. Will you survive Zozobra’s glare as he wonders why you and your friends have invaded his space? 

Click here for rules and terms

How tall is Zozobra? 50 feet 2 inches tall 

How much does Zozobra weigh? About 2,000 lbs. 

What is Zozobra made of? Wood, wire, poultry netting, muslin, nails, screws, pulleys, plywood, shredded paper, spray paint, pizza pans and duct tape! 

When is Gloom Sign Up? Auditions and sign up for Gloomie is Saturday, August, 3rd, Location to be Announced. 

How old do children need to be in order to become a Gloom? Gloomies are ages 10 to 14. Apply here!

When is the Zozobra Art Show? The 9th annual Zozobra Art and Photography Event will be part of ZozoFest. Also on display and for sale will be Historical art work, photography & contemporary works by local Santa Fe Artists, Sculptors and Photographers. Signed posters and official merchandise will be available! 

What and when is ZozoFest? The inaugural ZozoFest includes the following:

On Friday August 30:

  • The 9TH ANNUAL WILL SHUSTER’S 2013 ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY EVENT- 2013 ZOZOBRA POSTER SIGNING 
  • Free Live Music at the Water Tower 3pm-7pm 
  • Free Movie on the Railyard Performance Green 7:30pm-10pm

On Saturday, August 31:

  • The 9TH ANNUAL WILL SHUSTER’S 2013 ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY EVENT 
  • 2nd Annual Boys & Girls Club Family Fun Fair 

ZozoFest will take place at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Railyard, 555 Camino De La Familia Santa Fe, NM 87501.

All ZozoFest activities are free of charge! 

Is there parking at the venue or the neighborhood? There are 40 handicap spaces on a first come basis but there is no parking anywhere else within a four block radius. Most people walk to the event from downtown and the plaza and a park and ride program operates from the bus line locations and the Rail Runner. 

May I bring food and drink into the venue? Food can be brought into the venue and all packages are searched for alcohol, which is prohibited. No glass containers are allowed. 

Is there food available? There are over 20 different food vendors including roasted corn, burritos and the other usual items. The local high school Key Clubs will supply bottled water, Coke and candy products. 

May I bring pets? No, only assistance dogs are allowed. 

May I bring lawn chairs? No metal framed large lawn chairs, umbrella style lawn chairs are allowed. 

May I bring a stroller? You will be able to check in your stroller at the stroller check on Mager's Field to proceed into the ball park/main viewing area. If you do not want to check in the stroller you may view the event from the family area south of the ball park. See the event map above. 

May I bring a cooler? You will be able to check in your cooler at the stroller check on Mager's Field to proceed into the ball park/main viewing area. If you do not want to check in the cooler you may view the event from the family area south of the ball park. No metal cutlery (Plastic ones ok). See the event map above. Remember there are over 20 different food vendors including roasted corn, burritos and the other usual items. The local high school Key Clubs will supply bottled water, Coke and candy products. So bringing a cooler could just be a hassle, but it’s up to you! 

Will Zozobra sell out? No, tickets are available up to the burn time. 

Are tickets available online? Tickets for the 89th burning of Zozobra may be purchased online.

Or at the following physical locations in Santa Fe only until Friday August 30th at 4pm (after that, tickets may be purchased online): 

  • State Employees Credit Union 
  • Guadalupe Credit Union 
  • First National Bank of Santa Fe 
  • The Boys and Girls club of Santa Fe

How many people attended the event? Approximately 30,000! 

What happens if it rains? We let it… Zozobra is a rain-or-shine event. 

May I bring things to put in Zozobra? Yes, a gloom box is placed near the TV stage at the Lost and Found KBAC tent and most people bring notes, divorce decrees and other legal papers, photos and other flammable mementos. No dangerous items are allowed. The items are placed in Zozobra right before show time. A Gloom box is also located at the SF Reporter Offices on Marcy Street during the month of August. In addition, you can stuff your own glooms into Zozobra during ZozoFest 

What is not allowed? Non-allowed items: no tables, no guns, knives or other weaponry, no glass containers either open or unopened, no alcoholic beverages, marijuana, or any synthetic substance banned by law, no open containers of any kind, no tents, no metal framed large lawn chairs, umbrella style lawn chairs are allowed, no dogs or other pets with exception of service aide animals. No laser lights allowed. No explosives, fireworks or and held sparklers, no large umbrellas. Only small hand held umbrellas allowed. No metal cutlery (Plastic ones ok). No unauthorized vendors with their own merchandise. 

What are the Strict Rules and Regulations? RULES and REGULATIONS –ALL PERSONS AND PERSONAL ITEMS SUBJECT TO SEARCH PRIOR TO ENTRY; ITEMS SUCH AS COOLERS, BABY BAGS, LARGE PURSES, ETC. MAY BE SEARCHED PRIOR TO ENTRY; NO REENTRY-NO IN OUT PRIVILEGES-REENTRY REQUIRES THE PURCHASE OF A NEW TICKET; NO CHAIRS OR FOLDING LOUNGE CHAIRS; NO WEAPONS OF ANY KIND-ALL WEAPONS WILL BE CONFISCATED-KIWANIS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO INVOLVE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS; NO ALCOHOL OR DRUGS ALLOWED; NO OPENED CONTAINERS OR GLASS CONTAINERS OF ANY KIND; NO TABLES-NO TENTS-NO LADDERS; NO LASERS-ANY SIZE-ALL LASERS WILL BE CONFISCATED AND POSSESSOR WILL BE ESCORTED OFF THE PREMISES WITHOUT REFUND OR COMPENSATION OF ANY KIND; NO LARGE UMBRELLAS-FOLDED HAND UMBRELLAS ARE ALLOWED NO CONFISCATED ITEMS WILL BE RETURNED; UNAUTHORIZED VENDORS-NOT LICENSED BY KIWANIS WILL BE ESCORTED FROM THE VENUE BY POLICE OFFICERS NO REFUNDS. 

From a Zozobra Event Committee press release...

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