May 1, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Zozobra Organizers Announce Official Burn Date

Friday night's alright for burning

By Todd Eric Lovato

Fox in a Forest

Todd Eric Lovato is a Santa Fe native, the managing editor of SantaFe.com and an overfed, long-haired leaping gnome.

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Old Man Gloom is on the move. In a Thursday media release, the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe announced that the burning of Will Shuster's Zozobra will move to Friday, Aug. 29 – the Friday that kicks off Labor Day weekend. Fiesta de Santa Fe is scheduled to take place the following weekend, Sept. 5–7.

Even though there have been some Zozobra-like grumblings among community members about returning the burning of Zozobra to the Friday before Labor Day weekend, this blogger believes that come mid-September, everyone will have be thoroughly sated with the two-week spread of entertainment, and people will have found some other aspect of change to complain about.

Here's the announcement:

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe is proud to bring Zozobra back to a Friday night.

The 90th annual Burning of Will Shuster's Zozobra will be presented on August 29, 2014. The City of Santa Fe has approved the permit for the August 29th date.

Raymond Sandoval, Zozobra committee chair said, "Although an overwhelming majority of Santa Feans welcome this change, we know there are few who are disappointed. We will work hard to win back their attendance at Santa Fe's most popular community event."

If you have been affected by the date change, Kiwanis has set up a program to assist you, please call 1-855-ZOZOBRA and choose option 1.

"The Fiesta Council and Kiwanis bond has never been stronger we fully supports this change it strengthens both organization and creates a week-long celebration of our beloved Fiesta," said Gilbert Romero, president of the Santa Fe Fiesta Council.

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