Bark Beetle Blues Bug Burn on Pageant Hill in Custer, SD Friday January 20, 2018. Photo:@paulhorsted.com

Yet another outstanding effort by local volunteers, the variety show had everything from jazz ballet, music, an “Air Guitar Band” and a dog doing tricks accompanied by Anna Marie Riner on the flute. The torch march was epic, enraged citizens marching in cold, snowy icy conditions towards the beetle effigy with kerosene soaked torches. The somewhat smaller beetle, representing the diminished beetle threat to our beloved pine trees glowed with orange flame as the sky was illuminated with exploding fireworks and their resounding boom, warning the pine bark beetle family to bug off.
The beetle burn was followed by a “Bug Crawl” in Custer City featuring local artist.

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