Fire destroys booths at Renaissance Fair

Six fire crews fough the blaze.
Six fire crews fough the blaze.

On the eve of its closing weekend, a fire has burned several booths at the Minnesota Renaissance Fair in Shakopee.

The fire started around 6:15 a.m. this morning, a few hours before the fair was set to open. The fire was thought to have started in a chicken shack, which had burned up by the time firefighters arrived.

Six different firefighting crews were called to the scene, MPR reports. Firefighters were hampered by the fact that there are no fire hydrants in the area, and all water to douse the blaze had to be trucked in.

Fair officials still say the festivities will go on today, though the fair's opening might be delayed.

Aside from the chicken shack, something like "30 to 40 yards" of other vendor booths were burned, according to KARE 11.

There are no reports of any injuries related to the fire, and exactly which booths caught fire is also not yet public.

The theme for the fair's final weekend is "Shamrocks & Shenanigans," with Irish-style festivities like free Guinness tastings, "best kilt" competitions, and Irish dancing.

One worker at the fair reported that an announcement at 8 a.m. this morning told employees that the festival would still be open today, but would probably not opening on time at 9 a.m., MPR reports.

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