Fire destroys booths at Renaissance Fair

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Six fire crews fough the blaze.
On the eve of its closing weekend, a fire has burned several booths at the Minnesota Renaissance Fair in Shakopee.

The fire started around 6:15 a.m. this morning, a few hours before the fair was set to open. The fire was thought to have started in a chicken shack, which had burned up by the time firefighters arrived.

Six different firefighting crews were called to the scene, MPR reports. Firefighters were hampered by the fact that there are no fire hydrants in the area, and all water to douse the blaze had to be trucked in.

Fair officials still say the festivities will go on today, though the fair's opening might be delayed.

Aside from the chicken shack, something like "30 to 40 yards" of other vendor booths were burned, according to KARE 11.

There are no reports of any injuries related to the fire, and exactly which booths caught fire is also not yet public.

The theme for the fair's final weekend is "Shamrocks & Shenanigans," with Irish-style festivities like free Guinness tastings, "best kilt" competitions, and Irish dancing.

One worker at the fair reported that an announcement at 8 a.m. this morning told employees that the festival would still be open today, but would probably not opening on time at 9 a.m., MPR reports.

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vitajex
vitajex

"Firefighters were hampered by the fact that there are no fire hydrants in the area, and all water to douse the blaze had to be trucked in."

Man, those Ren Fest folks sure do love their authenticity, don't they?  I heard they've already rounded up 3 women suspected of being witches who caused the fire through their dark magick arts.  You can vote online for which one will be burned at the stake on Sunday.

Michelle Loma
Michelle Loma

We don't have fire hydrants out there because...well there's nowhere for a fire hydrant to be put. And it's not like we DON'T have running water, we do because we need it for people to wash their hands, dishes, etc. Oh, and most booths have electricity. If you've ever been there, (I'm guessing you haven't), the actual festival grounds are located in a valley, surrounded by acres and acres of corn fields, farms, a giant quarry, and a forest. No one's going to put a fire hydrant there, miles of pipeline would have to be dug from the city. JUST SAYING :)

vitajex
vitajex

For people who dress up in elaborate costumes and adopt silly accents, I'm always surprised by how humorless some Renaissance Fair folks can be.

Cotton Mather
Cotton Mather

Yeah, well that explains the hydrants...but what about the witches?  You didn't deny that!!!

Hmmmm?

Guest
Guest

Yeah, don't be a jerk.  There's people out there that work their butts off to pay the bills and have now lost their business.  Lose the sarcasm and have a little sympathy.

guest
guest

Yeah, loss of business and money due to a fire is always something to joke about. 

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