Lakes Letter – February


TOPICS: Ticket Deadlines | 2015 Afterburn Report | Volunteer Hours Change

This special edition of the Lakes Letter is brought to you by the letter D for Deadline and the symbols “#(*%^!” for the sound you’ll make if you don’t read our Ticketing FAQ and register in time to get a ticket.

Ticket Deadlines and More

Coming up is the END OF INITIAL TICKET REGISTRATION. Please register by February 6th in order to have a chance in the initial drawing to get a ticket!

Our Low Income Ticket team is hard at work on submitted applications – don’t forget that they’re also due by February 6th. Please reach out to them if you’re having a hard time paying for a ticket to Lakes of Fire.

Full list of deadlines: 

Photo by Skennedy


  • Feb 611:59pm EST: Ticket Registration Closes

  • Feb 611:59pm EST: Ticket sales for qualifying volunteers close

  • Feb 8 Noon, EST: Randomized ticket drawing occurs. Participants are notified. The purchase window is one week long.

  • Feb 812 pm – Registration re-opens after drawing and remains open until the week of Lakes of Fire.  Participants who register after this date will be added to the bottom of the waiting list.

  • May 2711:59pm EST: Deadline for guaranteed ticketing refunds


  • Feb 6 – Effigy Design and Build Contest Closes

  • Feb 18 – Registration Forms for: Fire Art (FAST), DMV (Art Cars), WhatWhereWhen (WWW) Guide, Art Hub, Theme Camps, Sound, Volunteer Sign-ups Open

  • Feb 211:00am EST: Art Grant submission cycle #2 closes

  • April 2411:59pm EST: Form Closes for: Art Hub, Art Honoraria, Sound Camps

  • May 111:59pm EST: Form Closes for: Fire Art (FAST), DMV, Theme Camps

  • May 1711:59pm EST: Form Closes for: WWW

  • June 811:59pm EST: Car Camping Parking Permit request form closes

Some deadlines may change as we get closer to the event – please check our web site’s Key Dates and Forms page for up-to-date deadlines.


Lakes Letter – January


TOPICS: Registration Open  | New Look on Web | Help Wanted | New Board Members | Effigy Design Extention

The official dates for Lakes Of Fire 2016: Mythical Creatures
will be Wednesday, June 15Sunday, June 19!
Call your boss today.

Ticketing Registration is Open

Photo by SkennedyTicket registration is now open for everyone! You MUST REGISTER by February 6 in order to be eligible for a ticket in the initial disbursement. Tell your friends, your lovers, and your friends’ lovers. All people who want a ticket this year must register, even if you have registered before.

Registration will close for the initial disbursement – it will open again immediately following, and anyone registering at that point will go to the back of the line.

If you volunteered more than 8 hours last year, you should receive an email with your ticket info within the next day – please be patient and check your spam folder. If you don’t hear from us by Friday evening, email tickets@lakesoffire.org.

We are also launching a Low Income Ticket pilot program this year, and we encourage you to apply if it is needed.

Check out our Ticketing page for full details about the registration and ticketing process, and don’t forget our Key Dates page for a full list of the deadlines coming up – for instance, our Art Grant submission deadline is this Saturday!

We know ticketing is a complex process – just remember that you are one step closer to diving into Lucky Lake!


Lakes Letter – December


TOPICS: 2016 Theme | Effigy Submissions Open | Art Grants Open 12-15

2016 Theme Announcement

dec01We’re excited to announce our theme for 2016!

Dust off your unicorn onesie – next year, we’ll see you at Lakes of Fire: Mythical Creatures.

We started with 170 suggestions, and narrowed it down to 5 finalists.  There were 455 unique votes on the final 5 theme ideas – Mythical Creatures won the most votes, and was also the top ranked pick.

Thanks to everyone who voted this year! (more…)

Lakes Letter – November


TOPICS: LIT Sales | Theme Selection Vote | Burn Date Announced | Submit your Effigy Design | Art Grants Expand

Low Income Ticket Sales

nov01We are proud to announce that Lakes of Fire will have a Low Income Ticket program this year! We will offer reduced ticket prices for up to 70 attendees who meet the LIT criteria. Some details are still being finalized, but here is what we can share now:

  • Your privacy is very important to us. Names will be removed from the selection process to foster a neutral, objective based selection system.
  • All applicants will be reviewed by a volunteer committee.
  • 70 tickets will be available through this program
  • LIT price is 50% of a full price ticket
  • LIT tickets must still go through the regular registration and ticket selection system.Selected participants will still need to register for the ticketing system and be selected in the random number drawing to attend. You will see the appropriate price automatically when you pay for your ticket.
  • If you already qualify for a Volunteer Appreciation ticket for 2016 (12+ hours volunteered for 2015) you may not apply. The discount for Volunteer Appreciation is the same as LIT tickets. LIT team volunteers also may not apply.
  • Applications and more info to come!

The team is seeking dedicated volunteers who would like to help us bring this program to life in order to help our fellow attendees make it home. Interested volunteers should contact Team Leader Beans. (more…)

Lakes Letter – September


We want YOU for the LoF Board!

sept01Fall is an amazing time of year for burners! Black Rock City closed up only a few weeks ago, Chicago & Michigan each held their Decomps days ago and the last Regionals of the year spark to life in the next few weeks.

All of these events are sublime and require many passionate & dedicated participants and volunteers. When it comes to volunteering, one of the most dedicated, challenging roles for these events is to be a member of the Board of Directors. The legal face for Lakes of Fire, Great Lakes Experimental Arts, Inc. (G.L.E.A.), is seeking board members to replace Groot and Dirtball Dave, who are retiring with honor. Thanks for your hard work, guys!
They are also adding two more Board positions this year, making 7.

If you are interested in further details about the role of a Board Of Director member or you’d like to apply, please check out the Board’s New Member application.

Thank you and have a wonderful fall! (more…)

Lakes Letter – July


Photos of our burn | Theme Suggestions | Survey | LoF Community Group | Feedback

Whew, what an amazing burn!

july01The Lakes Of Fire team hopes your experience at the Fabulous Contraption was as incredible for you as it was for all of us! We were so fortunate to have such wonderful contributions from every participant this year, even Mother Nature! The art projects, the Effigy, theme camps, individual gifts, EVERYTHING & EVERYONE that contributed, from the crustiest burner to the newbiest Newb, made it so easy for this Info_bot to say it was his best burn ever and hopes you felt the same.

This year, we had an unprecedented number of fire artists and fire effects, and people were safe and sane in their artistry.  Thank you for putting so much effort into this Fabulous Contraption we call Lakes of Fire. From our heart of hearts, we at Great Lakes Experimental Arts, Inc., want to thank you for being such a passionate, artistic, and loving community. We <3 you!

Please take a moment to thank the people who donated their party time to stand out in the sun and direct traffic, pick up moop, or otherwise contributed to the survival and success of the event. (more…)