"Fuming Man" Festival Slated for Memorial Day Weekend
BUNKERVILLE, Nev.--Cattleman and adjunct Black Studies professor Cliven Bundy announced Thursday that he and his protective ring of armed militia will sponsor a cultural festival loosely based on the spontaneous community ideal of Burning Man. Dubbed Fuming Man, the festival will be held on 500 acres of grazing land administered by the Bureau of Land Management.
|Fuming Man founder Cliven Bundy|
The event will feature barbecue booths, a gun show, drinking contests, ATV v. U-Haul truck races, a “Founding Fathers” tent and main stage musical acts such as Ted Nugent, Avenged Sevenfold, Charlie Daniels, and Gretchen Wilson. Saturday night festivities will culminate in a ritual burning of a 70-foot paper mache Statue of Liberty. “We’re gonna light her up real good,” Bundy said with a chuckle. “We’re pissed.” Bundy said he will provide “cattle on the hoof” for the barbecue.
|A paper mache Lady Liberty will light up|
Fuming Man's Saturday night festivities
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says that Bundy owes $1 million in fees for letting his cattle graze in the Gold Butte area. Bundy, who refuses to pay for letting thousands of his cattle dine free on public land for decades, was joined by a group of “citizen soldiers” in an improvised bivouac known as “Camp Tripwire” to protect him from the encroachment of agents trying to negotiate with the rancher.
|Billy Hortensky will be the official|
greeter and public face for Fuming
Camp commander Jerry DeBacle, who drove for two days in a truck waving a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag from its 22-foot antenna, says the group is stockpiling supplies and ammunition. During a morning prayer meeting, DeBacle called on God to lead them in a “new revolution” against the government.
“I’m an American,” he said, waving a .45 caliber handgun in the face of a reporter. “That’s why we’re creating our own community against…America, I guess.”
“We the people have spoken,” said Mike Tuck, an “internet-educated, enraged citizen” on state disability who interrupted his busy speaking schedule in New Hampshire to join Bundy’s protectors. “We don’t need the government interfering in our lives and trying to force healthcare, services, and increased minimum wages down our throats.”
|Construction of Fuming Man accommodations |
is already underway at the festival site
*A 21-dove salute to Mark Ferrell for inspiration.