Burn, beetle, burn!

By Carrie Moore

Paul Horsted, left, and Craig Bobzien, right, hold a piece of plywood stable as Hank Fridell cuts out a curved piece of wood for the Burning Beetle. The beetle, which has been under construction for the last month, will be set ablaze Saturday, Jan. 21, at 5 p.m. on Pageant Hill. Volunteers get together every Tuesday at the Custer Volunteer Fire Department to work on constructing the beetle, a 28-foot effigy built from wood and covered in paper. The beetle will sit upon a slash pile and will be joined with fireworks when it is set on fire.
Come Saturday, Jan. 21, Pageant Hill will be filled with flame, fireworks and fun, proving that those Mountain Pine Beetles don’t stand a chance. The fifth annual Bark Beetle Blues is presented by the Custer Area Arts Council and the Bark Beetle Blues Committee. Sponsoring this year’s event are Custer State Park Resorts, Southern Hills […]