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The countdown has already begun to the 99th Burning of Zozobra on September 1, 2023! The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe sends thanks to the City of Santa Fe, the amazing volunteer team, and all the community partners who collaborated so generously to make the 98th Burning of Zozobra such a huge success. Since 1964, the Kiwanis Club has kept Zozobra’s flame lit, honoring its commitment to the tradition created by Will Shuster in 1924. And nobody benefits more than our Santa Fe youth, whose lives are positively impacted by grants from the net proceeds of Zozobra.
Now, Kiwanis wants to hear from YOU, the dedicated Zozobra fans whose memories and recollections will help fire up the new Zozobra Centennial documentary film!

Share Your Zozobra story


Form for entering videos and stories for Centennial Video project.

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Max. file size: 256 MB.
Max. file size: 256 MB.

Anybody who has ever attended the burning of Old Man Gloom has a story to tell. How about you? Do you have a story to tell? Did you meet your future spouse at the event? Do you remember stories told by your grandparents, the first time they attended? Have you been involved with the event at any time in the past, as a “gloomie,” a torchbearer, or even a performer? Maybe it’s just something your family has been doing for so many generations it’s become a family tradition. Every one of those memories is special, and we want to hear them.

As the story of Zozobra continues into the 99th and 100th year, Kiwanis of Santa Fe and Hutton Broadcasting have teamed up to produce a centennial documentary, to be premiered in 2024. An extension of the Decades Project, which has been celebrating Zozobra’s life and demise, era by era, since 2014, the documentary will combine a century’s worth of archived media to encapsulate those first 100 years. Obviously, the project wouldn’t be complete without the experiences of those who have made the burning of Old Man Gloom more than just a ritual, but a deeply personal community legacy.

To help tell this rich story, the Kiwanis Club is seeking personal Zozobra stories from you, the people who continue to make this annual event so exceptional! We invite you to share your special memories with the Zozobra team to help us create a documentary film that shows how and why the Zozobra tradition has become such a lasting legacy. By becoming involved, you proudly assert your role in the ever-evolving history of this community enterprise. Adding your voice and the voices of your family to the mix makes it that much richer and more complete.

Share your Zozobra story

If this invitation lights a fire in your heart, we want to hear from you! You can be a part of this historic project by filling in the form above. You can share your personal Zozobra story by writing down your memories in words. If you have pictures in your family album or videos you’ve made at Zozobra over the years, we’d like to see those too, but you don’t need to have pictures or videos to participate. We can’t wait to find out why Zozobra is so important to you, and what it has meant to your family over the years. We hope you will share your Zozobra story!

Become part of the centennial documentary project! Just make sure you submit your email and phone number so you can be contacted about all things Zozobra. Help make this milestone event even more special, and never forget, Zozobra belongs to all of us!

Learn fascinating facts about Zozobra here!

This article was posted by David Salcido

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