SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The burning of the Zozobra, a giant puppet stuffed with scraps of paper, will remain a Thursday night event in Santa Fe.
The Kiwanis Club says the annual pre-Fiesta event will take place the evening of Sept. 5 at Fort Mercy Park.
There had been talk of moving the burning to Friday night, but organizer Ray Sandoval says the club decided to end uncertainty and set a date.
Admission will cost $10, down from $20 last year.
Sandoval had said a Friday night burning would boost attendance and help avoid a ticket price increase.
The Sante Fe New Mexican (http://bit.ly/148MxIn ) reports that Police Chief Ray Rael said it would be difficult for police to monitor both the burning at the park and gathering of people at the plaza afterward.