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Fire Fest, burning of giant wooden shark scrapped

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Joel Vikre shows off his wooden shark

DULUTH, MN - The much anticipated burning of a 24 foot wooden shark on the Lake Superior shore won't happen after all, Glensheen announced Friday.

The museum said it had to cancel its "Fire Fest" scheduled for Saturday, February 15.

In a Facebook post, organizers apologized and said timing wasn't on their side in planning the event.

"Many of our offerings are able to be put together in a fairly short period of time. We have grown accustomed to this pace and style of planning. Unfortunately, Fire Fest had many unexpected elements that required additional planning time with a wide variety of stakeholders."

Organizers touted the event as a way to "celebrate northern Minnesota winters" and "embrace the cold by bringing the heat".

Glensheen commissioned Joel Vikre, a local woodworker and owner of Vikre Distillery, to make the wooden shark for the event.

Friday's Facebook post hinted at a "cool new future" for the iconic wooden shark.

The museum said it would be issuing refunds automatically for ticket holders.

Kevin Jacobsen

News Director

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