SANTA FE (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  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.



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