The 9th Annual Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces & 2nd Annual VIP Pavilion will take place Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 6–10PM at the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces, a truly unique site with the remains of a standing blast furnace.
This year the Bonfire will highlight our local Polish heritage through a celebration of its people and traditions! The event will feature music by the John Stevens Polka Band and newcomer, the upbeat-dance-in-the-streets Alligator Boogaloo! The Crufeli Sideshow will mesmerize with death-defying fire performances. Enjoy face painting; balloon art; Tarot Card readings; and dance performances by Symmetry Studio! Stop by the Cultural Tent for fun hands-on activities sponsored by the Everhart Museum, Scranton Cultural Center, the Greenhouse Project at Nay Aug, and United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA. And you won’t want to miss the ceremonial lighting of the Bonfire at 8:00 PM, featuring fire twirling by the Double “R” Twirlettes and the haunting bagpipes of the Greater Scranton Black Diamonds Pipe Band.
Enjoy delicious Polish fare by Yogis Potato Pancakes and Tarnowski’s Kielbasa, as well as craft food from the Backyard Ale House, and sweet treats by Sweet Lush Cupcakery and Country Girl Kettle Corn! Libations will include our special spiced cider, beer, and wine from our friends at Banko and Maiolatesi Wine Cellars. Hot beverages such as coffee and hot chocolate will be provided by UNICO.
Tickets include admission to the festival and $5 in Bonfire Bucks, to use towards food, beverage, and activities. Tickets are $25 (until the event sells out). As always, entrance to the festival is free for children 12 and under.
This year marks the 2nd Annual VIP Pavilion with an amazing bird’s eye view of the event! This heated area opens with early access at 5:45 p.m. & is going to include catering by Posh, beer, wine, a signature drink, & spiked cider. Entertainment by The Dash Board Mary Duo, coffee, desserts, & a candy table, all for only $50! A limited number of tickets are available. (VIP tickets allow full access to the event.) 21 and Over.
The Bonfire Festival is a fundraiser for the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum & Scranton Iron Furnaces and explores the roots of various cultural autumn festivals while highlighting Northeastern PAs industrial past.
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Located near the Steamtown National Historic Site, the Scranton Iron Furnaces represent the early iron industry in the United States. The four massive stone blast furnaces are the remnants of a once extensive plant operated by the Lackawanna Iron & Steel Company. Started in 1840 as Scranton, Grant & Company, the firm had the largest iron production capacity in the United States by 1865. By 1880 it poured 125,000 tons of pig iron, which was converted in its rolling mill and foundry into T-rails and other end products. In 1902, the company dismantled the plant and moved it to Lackawanna, New York to be closer to the high-grade iron ores coming out of the Mesabi Range.
The Scranton Iron Furnaces educates the public about the site of the Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company and its impact upon the nation’s industrial revolution demonstrating the relevance of industrial history in our lives. The Scranton Iron Furnaces are administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and are actively supported by the Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Associates which is a non-profit community based organization.
The Scranton Iron Furnaces, situated in a historic park setting, are open to visitors year round from dawn to dusk. In the summer months facilities are available for picnics.