Texas A&M postpones Student Bonfire, nonprofit issues statement to explain
Texas A&M made the difficult decision to postpone Student Bonfire this year because of issues with the new site and weather conditions.
This was set to be the first bonfire at a new location for the first time since 2009 after the previous location was sold to land developers, KBTX reported.
The student-led bonfire is no longer held on campus after the tragic 1999 collapse that killed 12 and injured 27; however, the tradition has taken on a new meaning as a living memorial to those 12.
The bonfire is put on by the nonprofit organization “Student Bonfire” and is designed to represent “the undying flame of love that every loyal Aggie carries in their heart for the school,” as stated on the Student Bonfire web site.
Here is the statement from the organization:
Due to conditions on the new Stack Site and forecasted weather, we must postpone Burn for 2022. This was an incredibly hard decision to make, and a harder one to accept. We have inherited a reputation for accountability and safety built by Bonfire over the last 20 years, and we honor that every day. We know that this decision is in the best interest of participants, attendees, the local community, and the Tradition.
In July, we were presented with the challenge of moving Stack Site for 2022. We immediately put all of our Summer efforts into making the move. We tried to recreate 13 years of infrastructure work in 13 weeks.
Our primary objective is always to Build the Hell Outta Bonfire, and to pass it down to the next generation in the process. We did that in a year frought with challenges, and credit our participants for their outstanding work.
As the situation at Stack develops, we will update with plans for a delayed Burn, and for opportunities to visit the completed Stack before then.
We thank you for your support. It helped pull us through this season. We look forward to beginning the next season when we can Burn the Hell Outta Bonfire!
Due to conditions on the new Stack Site and forecasted weather, we must postpone Burn for 2022. This was an incredibly hard decision to make, and a harder one to accept. https://t.co/4BWMZlhUD3 pic.twitter.com/wJdiyJuYW9
— Student Bonfire (@StudentBonfire) November 23, 2022