MN “Fire Fest” Cancelled Before Turning Into Its Own Fyre Fest
The similarities between the Fire Fest and Fyre Fest aren't lost on us, though Glensheen Mansion did what the failed music festival failed to do -- cancelled before it was too late.
Just over a week after announcing it, the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth cancelled its upcoming winter event due to "unexpected elements that required additional planning time."
"We are sorry to announce that we are canceling our Fire Fest event planned for February 15," the Facebook event reads. "Over the last seven years, we have proudly hosted many events that our community has come to know and love, from Concerts on the Pier to our Glensheen Galas. When creating events, our intent is to offer high quality, unique experiences that you wouldn’t normally expect from a house museum."
The Glensheen Mansion had first announced the event January 24. Intended to created that "awesome feeling you get when coming inside to warm up after a day of playing in the snow," Fire Fest was going to feature hot drinks, hot food, hot deals and fun activities including a s'mores station, snowshoeing, scavenger hunt, fire dancers and more, culminating in the burning of a giant 24-foot long wooden shark.
"The shark is not only an ode to a running joke at Glensheen," the historic house museum said in a Facebook post, "but it's a signal. A signal saying, we don't take ourselves too seriously. As a house museum, many automatically put us into the 'boring' or 'stuffy' category." Unfortunately, Glensheen was forced to cancel the event (rather than postpone) due to "unexpected elements that required additional planning time with a wide variety of stakeholders."
The irony is found in the similarities with another recent event by the same name that failed for the same reason -- the attempted Fyre Festival of 2017. That music festival in the Bahamas proved to be a massive flop -- and legal dispute -- after, due to lack of planning, hundreds of attendees arrived to find the site more like a refugee camp rather than the luxury music fest they expected. After the dust had settled, two documentaries -- one on Hulu and Netflix each -- revealed the Fyre Fest for the scam and failure it was. To Glensheen Mansion's credit, they cancelled their own Fire Fest well enough in advance to avoid any significant backlash.
The silver lining? They're planning a "cool new future" for the wooden shark (which has already been built) to be revealed this summer. Check out other write-ups and articles on the shark here.