Crane places heavy fire pits into Brush Creek for 10th annual WaterFire festival


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Now in its tenth year, WaterFire KC is planned for Saturday, Oct. 1, on the Country Club Plaza, and on Thursday crews began putting together the floating fire pits and placing them in Brush Creek.

The crane is provided by J.E. Dunn, which lifts the 225-pound braziers with anchors and puts them in the creek.

In addition to the fire pits, WaterFire KC will also entertain with live music, singers aerial and contortion dancer, puppets, fire spinners, and a drum tribe. There will be pop-up restaurants or people can bring their own food, lawn chairs or blankets to sit back and enjoy the night. Last year, the festival involved one Plaza block, but this year they’ve extended it to two.

“We’ll have approximately 40 braziers, floating fire pits on Brush Creek between the Wornall Bridge and Wyandotte Bridge with giant bonfires in each of those,” explained Cheryl Kimmi, executive producer of KC Creates.

Kimmi said last year, police estimated about 10,000 attended the event.

Cheryl Kimmi, exectuive producer of KC Creates“Just an amazing magical evening for people to come down to enjoy the ambience of the fire and the water and the music,” said Kimmi.

The event is free and runs from 7 to 10 p.m.

“For the braziers that we’re doing this year we’ll have ten full cords of wood,” she said.

So, there will be plenty of WaterFire! For more information click here for the website.