Aggie Student Bonfire Moves to Robertson County

Aggie student bonfire will burn this November, but not in Brazos County.

In September, Brazos County Judge Randy Sims said the students missed the deadline for submitting paperwork.

But, this setback did not stop the students. The off-campus organization, Student Bonfire, is setting up the bonfire in Robertson County.

"We're actually building in the same place that we're cutting this year and that has proven to be a more suitable site for our stack site," Jack Shallock, Texas A&M Student and Senior Red Pot said.

About 1,000 students are involved in building the structure that has been a long-time tradition.

After the 1999 bonfire collapse, the tradition moved off campus.
Last year, student bonfire built the structure in Brazos County, but this year they missed the deadline and they're now setting up just outside of Hearne.

The bonfire will take place on November 21.
Students have already cut down the trees they need, and construction is set to begin next week.

Robertson County Judge Fred Elliott says people are voicing their concerns, but since there is no burn ban, students can go ahead with the bonfire.

"It's not a big deal to me other than safety and respecting other people's rights," Elliott said. "Alcohol is the only thing that matters because people make errors."

But students say no alcohol will be allowed, plus law enforcement and fire officials will be on hand to make sure everything runs smoothly.

"It builds this tremendous family among the students which is something I had the opportunity to experience my freshman year, and I think every freshman at this school should experience the same thing," Shallock said.

And if it's up to these students, the tradition will go on for years to come.

For more information about student bonfire check out their website at www.studentbonfire.com.


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