The Bushtown Bonfire’s back!

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The Bushtown Bonfire is returning this weekend, with more bang, screams and fire than ever before.

As well as the traditional bonfire, there will also be a bring-your-own fireworks display, face painting, musicians, flame performers and a clown asylum.

Bushtown Waimate’s Ann Dennison said it was the event’s third year and the first time fireworks would be on display.

Rory Foley, who ran the Glenavy Maize Maze, has also created a clown asylum in the hall at bushtown.

Actors will be dressed up and aim on scaring each participant.

Mr Foley said the R16 area promised to create a few screams.

“It’s almost a New Zealand first,” he said.

“They are big in America, but not really down here.”

The cost to enter the R16 area is $8, which also allows participants into the bonfire area.

“They can go through as many times as they like. There is a password if they really want them to stop,” said Mrs Dennison.

Another attraction on Saturday night includes Dunedin fire performers Highly Flammable.

At the stage area, musicians Isaac William, as well as Jean and David White, will be entertaining the crowd.

Mrs Dennison said people were invited to bring along their fireworks, as it was a BYO display.

“We are really hoping to build on it as an annual event,” she said.

Mrs Dennison said they were thrilled with a $2000 donation from the Lions Foundation.

The funds raised from the bonfire will go towards the relocation of Ferryman’s Cottage.

The cottage is expected to be in place at Bushtown at the end of November.

In the two weeks leading up to the bonfire, about 12 local schools and youth groups have been planting natives and Mrs Dennison said this season there would be about 2000 natives planted.

Gates for the bonfire open at 7pm, the bonfire will be lit at 8.30pm and the fireworks will be lit by the local fire service at 9pm.

By Jessie Waite