A&M Student Bonfire postponed because of rainy weather

POSTED: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 5:50pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 10:34pm

Every year the Student Bonfire is set to burn the week of the last regular Aggie football game of the season and that's this week.

So with the 45-foot-high stack ready to go, the bonfire was scheduled to burn Tuesday night but the weather had different plans.

"This year is proof that the Lord answers prayers because we prayed for rain and he provided in abundance," said Student Bonfire board of directors member, Dion McInnis.

With a washed out, impassable road crews had to make the decision to postpone the burn after multiple trucks, an 18-wheeler and tractor all got stuck.

McInnis said, "Every vehicle out there was up to it's axle so it was a pretty rude awakening for a bunch of students who have put in so much work and so much heart."

Even though the bonfire isn't burning as originally scheduled, Aggies won't let the wet weather dampen their spirits.

"It doesn't matter when you burn it because it's not for anybody else other than Texas A&M," McInnis said. "It's not for TU, it's not for Mizzou and it won't be for LSU [next year]."

Because for these Ags, bonfire is more than just watching it burn; it's about the process and carrying on the legacy of the 12 Aggies who died in the collapse.

"Building bonfire is a binding force that will get people to come back again and again," said Bonfire crew member, Joe Shephard.

Vanessa Betancourt added, "It's really just about building it, working with other people, working with the people you know in your crews and at stack you get to meet everyone from other crews so it's really just about working towards the same thing and burn is just that bonus at the end."

The group plans to burn the bonfire as soon as things dry out.

And in the meantime; they plan on celebrating all their hard work at the Dixie Chicken Tuesday instead.


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