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Zo­zoFest at El Museo Cul­tural de Santa Fe

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At Zo­zoFest, the an­nual Zo­zo­bra pre-show, kids and adults can toss their glooms into the old man and get a look at his enor­mous head be­fore it’s at­tached to his body and lit on fire. There is also an art show and sale of Zo­zo­bra-themed mer­chan­dise, in­clud­ing this year’s of­fi­cial Zo­zo­bra poster, as well as an ex­hibit of his­tor­i­cal pho­to­graphs linked to the Ki­wa­nis Club’s Decades Project, which hon­ors the his­tor­i­cal events of each decade in which Zo­zo­bra has burned in Santa Fe, lead­ing up to the one-cen­tury mark in 2024. The free event kicks off on Fri­day, Aug. 26, at El Museo Cul­tural de Santa Fe (555 Camino de la Fa­milia, 505-992-0591) with a “Stuff the Old Man” party from 5 to 8 p.m., which fea­tures en­ter­tain­ment and $5 Frito pies. Zo­zoFest con­tin­ues Sat­ur­day, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with an of­fi­cial pro­gram be­gin­ning at 6 p.m., and on Sun­day, Aug. 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit burn­zo­zo­bra. com/zo­zofest for de­tails and a com­plete schedule.

In con­junc­tion with Zo­zoFest and the burn­ing of Zo­zo­bra, at 6 p.m. on Thurs­day, Sept. 1, at Fort Marcy Park, the Ki­wa­nis Club and the Santa Fe Jewish Cen­ter co­host a can­dle­light vigil in re­mem­brance of vic­tims of the Holo­caust and to honor Amer­i­can cit­i­zens kept in the Ja­panese in­tern­ment camp in Santa Fe dur­ing World War II. Two lo­cal Holo­caust sur­vivors — one who was sent to a con­cen­tra­tion camp as a child and an­other who was hid­den by a Chris­tian fam­ily dur­ing the war — will make pre­sen­ta­tions at this cer­e­mony, which is in­tended as a solemn, teach­able mo­ment be­fore the rev­elry of Zo­zo­bra and Fi­es­tas de Santa Fe be­gins. — Jen­nifer Levin

Chil­dren watch­ing con­struc­tion of Zo­zo­bra (Old Man Gloom), Santa Fe Fi­esta, New Mex­ico; photo Steve Northup, 1959; cour­tesy Palace of the Gover­nors Photo Ar­chives (NMHM/DCA), Neg. No. 010909

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