102.9 WMGK’S Big Bad Bonfire

October 6, 2014


Classic Rock 102.9 WMGK-FM wants MGK listeners to ‘stand next to their fire’, their Big Bad Bonfire that is.  On Saturday, October 18 (5p-9p) at Spring Mountain (757 Spring Mountain Rd, Schwenksville, PA 19473) the station will hold a free fall celebration centered around a huge bonfire that will be crowned with a 12 foot high flaming guitar.  Attendees will be able to meet the MGK air staff and rock out to MGK’s House Band, Work Release, while enjoying delicious offerings from food trucks as well as cold beers from the outdoor bar.  Additional activities include free games for children and adults, fire and rescue demos from Upper Salford Fire Department including opportunities for children and adults to use the fire hose and don fire fighter gear.

Two of the day’s main attractions will be morning man John DeBella’s Wife Carry and Pumpkin Fling activities.  The Pumpkin Fling involves listeners flinging pumpkins with a specially designed pumpkin slingshot.  The person who flings their pumpkin the farthest wins concert tickets.  Pumpkin Fling registration will take place on the day of the event. The Wife Carry is when a man carries his wife through an obstacle course (created by the John DeBella Show) in hopes of achieving the fastest time. The couple with the fastest time wins double the wife’s weight in cash plus the wife’s weight in Magic Hat beer. Contestants can sign up for the Wife Carry at wmgk.com as well as on the day of the event.
A desire to improve and add to this year’s Wife Carry is actually what spawned the creation of the Big Bad Bonfire.  DeBella asked listeners what he could do to make this year’s Wife Carry ‘Au-taw-some’, or an awesome, autumn celebration.  Listeners suggested a bonfire.  Upon hearing that suggestion, DeBella immediately began searching for a location, assistance from a local fire company and additional entertainment and activities to add to the experience.

Rick Buckman of Spring Mountain called the show and volunteered Spring Mountain to be the location.  DeBella called Upper Salford Township Fire Department and they agreed to assist in the building, maintenance and extinguishing of the bonfire.

In addition to all of the free activities, attendees will also be able to purchase tickets for Spring Mountain’s Halloween attraction, Scream Mountain, which includes a haunted woods walk and hayride.

While the event is free, WMGK will have donation jugs spread around the event space.  100% of the donations will go to Upper Salford Fire Department.