Nov 05, 2014Guy Fawkes Night

Sparklers Bonfire Night 2014. Copyright © 2014 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

Tonight the Guy Lanie made in 2009 finally met his fiery doom.

In Springfield having a bonfire and fireworks at anytime other than July would result in a police visit, so we’ve not been able to burn our Guy.

In previous years we’ve hopefully dragged him out to friends only to have the bonfire cancelled at the local fire department’s request due to high winds and dry conditions. Other years we’ve been running kids up to Kansas City, so he’s accompanied us and sat around the campfire. He was a well travelled Guy with several hundred miles under his belt.

Kirby, an Anglophile friend has invited us to his Guy Fawkes Night celebrations many times – but we’ve always had prior engagements. This year we ensured our calendars were clear, and took advantage of Carthage’s more relaxed city ordinances (where Kirby lives) to  enjoy a proper bonfire night.

Only in the US would you drive 120 miles in an evening for a bonfire and some fireworks.

If the thought of burning a human effigy seems rather odd – read about Guy Fawkes Night.

Copyright © 2014 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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