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Eagle, Gypsum bonfires take place January 6

Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GYPSUM, Colorado – The end of the holiday season will be celebrated with a blaze of glory in Eagle and Gypsum on Wednesday.Twelfth Night bonfire festivities start at 6 p.m. at Eagle Town Park and at 7 p.m. in Gypsum at the vacant parking lot across from the Stop ‘n Save.Residents are invited to drop off their used Christmas trees at either location. Additionally, members of the Eagle Valley Lions Club will collect trees set out at the curbside in the older neighborhoods in Eagle.Both events are free. Several hundred children and adults usually show up to visit neighbors and enjoy the fire. In Eagle, the ice rink is illuminated for nighttime skating with the Lions Club members serving hot chocolate and the Eagle Fire Department supervising the tree burning.In the past, the Gypsum bonfire has been held near the community outdoor ice rink, but this year there is no location near the ice that can be used for the burn without scorching the ground and ruining it for summer use, said Dawn Ritts, Gypsum special events coordinator. Instead, the Gypsum celebration will be held at a highly visible location along U.S. Highway 6.”As the lot will be home to the new Kum & Go in 2010, we are very thankful that the developers have agreed to allow the space to be used for this community event,” said Ritts. “If you are in the mood to see some impressive pyrotechnics, be sure to attend.”Gypsum Fire Department will be on site to supervise the burn.The Twelfth Night tradition was started in 1952 by Dr. L.W. Simmons, according to Eagle Valley Enterprise archives. The celebration is rooted in the Christian observance of the Epiphany, celebrating the arrival of three wise men to worship the baby Jesus on the 12th night after Christmas.Through history, the Jan. 6 celebration became more jovial in nature and the trend has carried over to the local observances.

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