Legislation will allow Kingston to rekindle bonfire with car on top
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The town plans to rekindle an old tradition this summer now that state lawmakers have passed a bill allowing an old car to be burned atop a 30-foot bonfire.
The Kingston Bonfire and Beerfest will be held June 29 as part of the town’s 325th anniversary celebration, but the plan to stick a car on the pile of clean pine lumber required legislation because of potential environmental concerns.
The three-story bonfire was a popular event for nearly 50 years before it ended in the late 1980s. It began with an outhouse on top and later a car was added. Spectators would stay until the end to see the car come down.