About the Burnsville Festival

and Fire Muster

 

BURNSVILLE FESTIVAL AND FIRE MUSTER IS A 501C3 NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT PUTS ON THE CITIES’ PREMIERE FUNDRAISER EVENT.

THIS FREE TO ENTER, FOUR-DAY DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE FUNDRAISER COMMUNITY FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS THE UNIQUE QUALITIES OF BURNSVILLE AND RAISES FUNDS TO GIVE BACK TO LOCAL BURNSVILLE & AREA NON-PROFITS.

THE FUNDRAISER EVENT PROVIDES A VARIETY OF MULTICULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES WITH LOCAL AND REGIONAL MUSIC AND ARTS, HISTORY AND CULTURE, ALONG WITH NATURAL RESOURCES, EDUCATION, AGRICULTURE, PUBLIC SAFETY, AND MUCH MORE ALL WHILE HAVING SOME FUN ALONG THE WAY! THE FESTIVAL IS FOR FAMILIES OF ALL AGES!

Today over 100 Volunteers help put on this fundraising event and we partner with the City of Burnsville to plan and execute the Cities largest and oldest Fundraising Festival that raises money to give back to a long list of local area non-profits groups!

In 2022 we donated to:

  • 360 Communities
  • The Youth Garage/Twin cities Catalyst Music
  • Burnsville Rotary Clubs
  • MN Fire Engine Club
  • Partners in Excellence
  • BV Nicollet Knights Chess Club
  • Scout Troop 471
  • Grace United Methodist Church
  • Burnsville Lions Club
  • Burnsville United Soccer Club
  • Burnsville Boys Lacrosse Club
  • Burnsville Boys Hockey Club
  • Burnsville Hockey Moms
  • Apple Valley Womens Hockey Club
  • Apple Valley Womens Softball Club

If your non-profit organization in Burnsville and surrounding area is interested in getting involved in the Burnsville Festival, please contact the President & Board Chair- Dan Kealey- info@burnsvillefestival.org

 

The History

Burnsville, MN’s community celebration officially began in 1980, evolving from a smaller neighborhood-based gathering. During the late 1970s, Burnsville resident and fire equipment collector Roger Jackson and some of his friends entertained children each summer by displaying his Fire Truck collection at what was known then as Diamond Head Mall, capping the day with a short parade of equipment down Nicollet Avenue.

In 1980, as the community considered the possibility of a citywide celebration, Jackson suggested to a group of interested residents and business people that perhaps a fire muster patterned after fire musters popular in New England might work. City officials liked the idea and the Burnsville Fire Muster & Community Celebration became an official city event.

A 501c4 nonprofit corporation was formed to organize the celebration. Dedicated volunteers, augmented by nonprofit groups in town organized, promoted and staged the event. Business donations, button sales and income from beverages and concessions became a vital funding source that continues to this day as the source funding for the now 501C3 organization to donate back to worthy charities in the community.

 


 

Founding members of the 1980 Burnsville Fire Muster:

  • Roger Jackson – President
  • Glen McKee – VP of Community Activities
  • Dan Hendrickson – VP of Fire Activities
  • Kirk Detlefsen – Secretary/Treasurer
  • Susan Flecker – Director
  • Liz Manning – Director
  • Dennis Pearson – Director
  • Edward Carducci – Director

Fire equipment comes from throughout the Midwest, ranging from the horse-drawn hand pumpers (circa 1900) to the latest in firefighting machinery. In 2004, the Fire Muster’s Fire Truck Parade was cited in the Guinness Book of World Records for holding the longest fire truck parade in the world with over 120 fire trucks.

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