Donate to the art grant fund and get a car sticker!

For a limited time if you donate $5 or more to the art grant fund for Reclaimation 2020, you will receive a car sticker. There are only 100 of them available, so jump on that now!!!

You can donate your $5 or more on the Reclaimation invite purchase page

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Mini Effigy Rules

All effigies must be made from burnable materials, i.e: Wood, cardboard, hemp, twigs, leaves, fabric, etc.

NO plastic or plastic-like materials. NO GLITTER!!!

Glue and paint are okay to use. Screws, nails, or other metal fasteners are okay, too.

If I missed anything, I’m sure y’all will let me know.

Mini Effigies

With a whopping 18 votes, the Mini Effigies with a platform win! Now to design the platform and get volunteers in place to help build said platform. Our theme is Nostalgia and your mini effigies can be theme related or not, that’s up to you. Let’s try to keep them approximately 2′ x 2′ x 2′ because those are the parameters upon which the platform will be built. If you decide to make a larger effigy, please let us know first so that we can plan accordingly. We are extremely excited to see all the creative mini effigies y’all are going to build. Reclaimation 2020 is going to be LIT!

February 2020 Work/Play Weekend

It’s our first work/play of the year and we’re ready to get started! We’ll be putting in fence posts, clearing camping spots along the creek, and just general cleanup. We’ll have some good food and music to keep us all motivated.

The Ranger/Medic/Radio building will be a warm spot for hanging out and maybe playing games or cards. Bring what you need to survive the weekend. We’ll have a composting toilet set up instead of paying for a porto, so if you have room please bring a 5 gallon bucket.

2020 Invites On Sale Jan 15th

Here’s the announcement you’ve all been waiting for! INVITE SALES GO LIVE AT MIDNIGHT ON JANUARY 15TH, 2020. We’re having an early bird sale from JANUARY 15TH – FEBRUARY 4TH for $50/invite. At midnight on the February 4th, Invites go up to $75. If you have the funds available, we ask that you go ahead and purchase your invite and don’t wait until the last minute, please. We need funding for the mesh barrier that will be placed at the road to block the view. Children’s invites (5-17) will be $25 and children under 5 are free.

Invite sales will end at midnight on April 25th. All transfers must be made by midnight of May 1st. More info coming soon!

*We changed the early bird dates because Skittles reminded me that some folks don’t get paid until after the 1st of the month. Thanks Jessicia Murray!

The 2020 Effigy – The Decision Is Yours!

We touched briefly on the idea of mini effigies in an earlier post. Let’s discuss it more in-depth here with an included poll. Wooohoo! This idea came to me after watching the struggles that came along with getting the effigy built over the past several years. Struggles against weather, travel, surprises, etc. We’re a small burn with a small budget. We also include a 75% percent “reclaimed material must be used” clause in the effigy build which can cause struggles. But what brought this idea to life has been the “spectator” aspect of our effigies lately. I’ve seen quite a lot of spectating and little interaction and participation.

So I began to ponder and lit upon the mini effigy idea, with a Carnivale style parade in which everyone proudly proclaims their creativity. A parade in which the whole community is collectively participating (if you want to, of course) and actively involved. And now I want all of your input because this is a community decision. To be certain everyone understands, the mini effigies would replace the singular large effigy. Okie dokie, let’s discuss and vote.

Start Planning Now!

Nostalgia is the theme for Reclaimation 2020! The dates are May 6th – 10th, 2020. Team Lead, Theme Camp, and Volunteer Sign Up Registrations will be open soon. Invite information will be up shortly. Well, what are you waiting for? Get to planning! It’s gonna be a great year.

Welcome To Singe City

Nestled deep in the knobs of Kentucky sits one of the best kept secrets of the South.

Welcome to Singe City!

We are a small intimate burner community that follows the 10 Principles with a twist of southern hospitality. For the last 10 years, Hillbilly Reclaimation has welcomed burners from near and far to come sit a spell and experience, as well as participate in, hillbilly ingenuity. One visit to this down-home regional and you will want to start marking the 2nd weekend in May as the “Burns Family Reunion” on your calendar for years to come!

Come help us build Singe City, form a community where the inhabitants take care of each other, and then tear it down and leave the land without a trace. That’s what we do. Reclaimation is entirely volunteer run and its very existence depends on YOU! That’s right…YOU make the event…YOU are the event.


Reclaimation is An All Ages Event!

All local/state/federal regulations apply at Reclaimation.

The 2020 Theme

The theme for reclaimation 2020 is


A sentimental longing of wistful affection for the past. Typically for a period or place with happy associations or to ones homeland. It is not merely reminiscing, it is the FEELING when you think about those things. Nostalgia increases feelings of connectedness to others, makes people feel loved and valued, and can create optimism about the future. How will let you past inform your future?

2020 Invites

Please read the following before purchasing invites.

– Invites will NOT be available at the gate
– This is a Rain OR Shine Event
– NO Refunds or Exchanges will be given – if you can’t attend, you are responsible for rehoming your invite
– Day Passes are NOT available – only full Weekend Invites
– Children 5 years and under are free
– Children 6 – 17 years of age need to obtain a children’s invite
– Online availability of invites will stop APRIL 25th and all transfers must be completed by MAY 1st
– Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
– Reclaimation has a NO PET policy. If you arrive with a pet you will be turned away. No refund will be given under that circumstance.
– No fireworks or guns

–Click here for the invite purchase page–

Stuff To Study and Learn

Singe City Survival Guide

First of all, remember to obey all traffic rules and regulations as you drive through the small towns to get to the event. The entrance to the event will be marked with signage stating: “Burns Family Reunion”. GPS will take you straight to the front gate with no problem. Gate Hours are: Wed. – Fri. 9am to 9pm. Sat. 9am to noon. Have your ID ready when you arrive at the gate. If you arrive after the gate is closed, you may have to spend the night camping in the adjoining field until the gate opens the next morning. If you know you’re going to be late Wed. thru Friday, please try to make arrangements with someone to meet you at the gate. Late arrival is simply not allowed on Saturday. If you are not here when the gates close, sorry. You’ll want to be here as early as you can, anyway! 🙂


At the Gate you will sign in, get your shwag, and Answer the Survival Guide Question. Be sure to read the Survival guide because there will be a quiz at the Gate. If you fail the quiz, you will be required to spin the Wheel of Punishment and then take your punishment. Then you will required to read the Survival Guide before proceeding. There will be a map to point you in the direction you want to camp…and if you don’t know where you want to camp, there will be willing, sexy volunteers to show you around. You will unload your vehicle and then move it to the parking area. All vehicles must be off site within 3 hours of your arrival.  If there is heavy rain before or during the event, these plans may change.  In order to preserve the land, we may have to change over to a “carry all your stuff in” policy. If that happens, we will have the necessary provisions in place to make it as hassle free as possible.  Of course, that will mean more volunteers needed!  Volunteer sign-up sheets will be at the Hillbilly Hub. Remember to volunteer!!!! You no longer have to cover your car if you are camping in it, however, we do ask that you don’t camp in your vehicle if possible.


Speaking of preparedness, here are a few things you should be sure to bring with you:




Clothing (warm/cool)

First Aid Kit

Rain Gear



Bug Spray

Sun Screen

Food (enough for your entire stay)

Water (2ga/person/day)




Garbage Bags

Towels/Biodegradable Toiletries

Fire Extinguisher (if you have any type of fire in your camp.)


There is not a lot of shade, so you should come prepared to make some type of shelter for your camp. Tarps and ropes are good things.


Any residential buildings, barns, cabins, sheds, etc., are off limits and belong to the landowner. Please respect their privacy.


Although we have a no dog policy, the landowner’s dogs will roam through the event freely, just as they do at all festivals held on the ground. They are very well-mannered, but like any other dog, will take food if left out where they can reach it. Preventative maintenance is key. Service Animals are allowed, however they must be on a leash at all times or crated. The lease must also be attached to something or someone, not trailing along behind the dog. If your dog becomes a nuisance, you may be asked to leave the event.


Potty Rules:

Please respect the public areas and do your part to keep them clean. Clean up after yourself. DO NOT HOVER!!!


No baby wipes in the potty!  It stops up things and makes it unpleasant for everyone. Don’t do it. Do NOT put anything in the potty that didn’t come out of your body, except for the toilet paper. Be prepared and take ALL of your trash (expect for the toilet paper) home with you. Thank you. End of Potty Rules.



​This is a radical self-expression event. People express themselves in many different ways, whether it be through their clothing (or lack thereof), speech, music, etc. In whatever manner this expression may take place, consent is always a must. Do not touch someone, or their possessions without their consent first. Just because someone may be acting flirtatiously and have little to no clothes on is NOT an invitation to touch or to make lewd comments. A burn is an experience of residing, for a short span of time, in an environment of supreme tolerance and safety. This is only possible thru the diligence and respect of each and every participant of the burn.


Consent also means that you won’t take advantage of someone that may be intoxicated or in a vulnerable state in any way. Sober consent is the only real consent there is. USE YOUR COMMON SENSE! If they seem too drunk/messed up/emotionally upset, then just don’t do it. Period. If you find someone you’d like to get to know better, talk to them when you’re both sober…make a plan for later on after the festivities commence. If a consent issue happens, contact the nearest Ranger or Medic immediately. Consent…it’s everyone’s responsibility!



Kinda on the same note, please remember to ask permission before photographing someone. Taking photos without permission and then posting those photos is wrong…plain and simple. Don’t do it. Some of the theme camps may have No Photography signs posted about, respect those boundaries. Don’t be that person whose camera ends up in the creek. Cameras can’t swim.


Our new land will enable folks to bring their campers, and we have electric hookups for those who need it for personal use.  No theme camps or sound camps will be able to hook up to the electric. There is no septic drop-off. There are also no showers, but there is a creek that makes up the back of the property. Radical self-reliance still reigns.


In the event that someone shows up with a child/children and becomes unable to care for that child, they will be evicted from the event when it is safe to do so. Not only will you be evicted, you will also be asked not to return to Reclaimation again. The safety of our community is the number one priority, and any jeopardizing of that safety will not be tolerated. Don’t be that person.


If you are camping in or near the woods, no open fire unless it is in an approved container . Any unattended fires will be gleefully extinguished with much dancing and caterwauling. Firepits will be situated at different spots on the land.



We have seen way too many preventable accidents due to tiki torches at other events, and we feel we have to implement this rule in order to keep everyone safe. We also ask that you refrain from releasing any types of floating candles into the air, such as Chinese Floating Lanterns. We are located in a forested area with hay fields and animals all around, and therefore very unsuited for such activities. Trampolines have become a liability at many events, and are not permitted. Yes, they’re fun…until you fall off of one and get seriously hurt. We don’t want to take that chance. It should be a no-brainer about the firearms, but just in case you didn’t realize it, LEAVE THEM AT HOME!


Because we believe in keeping our family safe, we ask that you only fire spin in designated areas and ALWAYS with a Safety. NO EXCEPTIONS!!! These areas will be designated on the map which will be posted at the Gate and the Hillbilly Hub . If you are caught fire performing outside of designated areas, or without a Safety, extreme sogginess and embarrassment will be in your very near future! If you plan on performing with fire, please attend the fire safety meeting which will be announced prior to the event. Check the gate when you arrive for all pertinent information.


Medics and Rangers will be located at the Stage near the Pavilion . If you need assistance and no one is there, use the walkie-talkie on the table.

There will be Medic and Ranger volunteers on patrol 24/7. If you have a problem or a medical need, get in touch with the nearest Ranger, Medic, or person with a radio.


LNT – Leave No Trace:

This is a LNT event! If you pack it in, you MUST pack it out!!! Yes, that includes YOU!!! Do some planning while you pack and get rid of all that extraneous packaging materials. If you leave so much as a piece of glitter on the glorious ground that is Singe City, the Earth Guardian will swoop down upon you with her Lard Paddle held high and you will feel her wrath! The ferret was white. You’ve been warned. Also, take your garbage home with you. Do not leave it by the roadside, or at someone else’s dumpster or garbage cans. Your garbage is your responsibility, so be sure to bring plenty of garbage bags. A Moop Map will be posted online after the event.


If it rains, as tends to happen in May, expect mud. The farm’s mascot is the Eastern Ky Knob Lobster. Please come prepared for anything. It is Kentucky.


Please use care when swimming in the creek.  If it rains, it can rise dramatically in a very short time.  Be vigilant if you camp around the creek and keep an eye on the weather.  Please supervise children at the creek at all times.


If you require an EpiPen, please be sure to carry one with you at all times. Remember the “leaves of three” rule! Poison Ivy, Sumac, and Oak are prolific in the woods.


Everyone should volunteer and the sign up will be at the Hillbilly Hub. This is your town! Please help us make it safe and fun for everyone by doing your part to volunteer! Volunteering really is the best way to enjoy your burn.


There will be a Ranger Training on Thursday (time to be announced) for anyone wanting to Ranger for the first time. Anybody is welcome, as long as you’re there for the right reason: to learn the role of mediator. If we have the need for a training on Friday, we may be able to work that in as well. Stay tuned to our facebook page for any new developments.


Anyone wanting to be a part of the fire conclave on burn night should meet at the EMS/Ranger station on Saturday for the safety meeting. Look for the time at the Hub when you arrive, and please remember that we will be on “burner” time.


That’s it! All you need to know! You are now ready for Reclaimation 2019!


This is an all ages event.


All State, Local, and Federal Rules and Regulations are to be followed while at this event.


No Gate Sales!

No Vending, Firearms, Fireworks, Drama, or Animals.


​Service dogs are Welcome.


Code Of Conduct

While we aim to keep the number of hard and fast rules to a minimum, certain types of behavior serve to harm other participants or the event itself. The following actions will not be tolerated and can result in ejection from the event and/or banning from one or more future events. We reserve the right to deny anyone access to the property and to Reclaimation, or to require any individual(s) to leave the property at any time and for any reason.

Consent Violations

You are expected to obtain verbal consent before engaging with someone’s body. Communicate clearly about the contents of your gift(s) and be prepared to accept a no. Explicit consent must be obtained for any images or recordings taken during Mosaic.


If someone asks you to leave them alone, do so. Verbal assaults, especially of a continued, aggressive, and/or sexual nature constitute harassment.


We all benefit from having a private event. Trespassers and those who help them are not welcome. 

Respect Our Surroundings

Do not disrespect the surrounding community, including using dumpsters that aren’t yours.

Endangering Others

Please be mindful of safety, especially regarding fire (see survival guide). Additionally, do not bring explosives, guns, fireworks, etc.

Destruction of Property/Theft

Destruction, using, or taking of property is not permitted without consent. If you inadvertently damage another’s property, settle it between yourself and the property owner. 


You can file a conduct complaint at: [email protected]. Any complaints made will be held in strictest confidence and handled with the utmost respect.

Stuff To Fill Out and Submit

Volunteer Sign Ups
All numbers, no symbols
Please limit your selection to 3 teams.


Gate Volunteers are the first folks that participants meet when they arrive at the burn. Gate Volunteers are also the face of the burn should LEO make an appearance and therefore, MUST BE SOBER and CLOTHED when at the Gate.Nudity is not allowed at the Gate. Volunteers maintain all the legal paperwork of the event and ensure that everyone signs in and puts their signature on the waiver. Gate Volunteers are the Gatekeepers of the event. Shifts are 3 hours


Responsible for lighting the city at night and then collecting the lamps the next morning/early afternoon to refill them with fuel. Lamplighters keep the city lit at night so all Singe City residents can safely navigate the streets and by-ways. Shifts are 2 hours, more or less, depending on the number of volunteers. Sobriety is required for the filling of the lamps due to the flammable nature of the activity.

Potty Patrol

Potty Patrol volunteers do exactly that…they patrol the potties to maintain order and cleanliness throughout the event. Some Leads decorate and light up the portos or ask for theme camp involvement with the decoration. Potty Patrol volunteers visit the Potties during their shifts to make sure toilet tissue is in all the stalls and not trashed. Preventative maintenance in the form of humorous but educating posters have worked well in the past. Shifts are 2 hours

Fire Safety

Fire Safety Volunteers are responsible for maintaining the safety of Singe City through the inspection of all flame effects, fire pits, and flame art. Volunteers will walk about keeping an eye out for any unsafe situations whether that be fire performers, fire pits left unattended, or flame effects being misused. Team Lead will also be responsible for leading a fire safety meeting where they and the Co-Lead will inspect all fire props and toys to ensure they meet fire safety regulations. Shifts are 4 hours

Effigy Team

Effigy Volunteers help build the effigy during the event or a preceding work/play. You do NOT have to have experience to help build the effigy. Just jump right in and help where you are most comfortable. Bringing water and snacks to the building team is also a great way to volunteer. Cheerleading is also highly encouraged. Shifts are sporadic


LNT Volunteers are responsible for educating the participants about the Leave No Trace principle. Volunteers will walk about the event picking up any MOOP (matter out of place) but also communicating to those around them about what they are doing. Before arriving at Reclaimation, do some research about all the aspects of an LNT event including how to eliminate packaging while packing for the burn, etc. Pre-event education, if possible, through social media or websites is encouraged. The LNT Volunteers will perform a final sweep of the event are on Monday to make sure no MOOP is left on site. A MOOP Map will be published post-event if warranted. All camps are responsible for their own LNT and every member of Singe City should be an automatic member of the LNT Volunteer Team! Shifts are 2 hours


Parking Volunteers help keep order in the parking areas. They will help participants find suitable parking places. They will also keep an eye on cars parked inside the event area and keep them moving toward the parking lot in an expeditious manner. Shifts are 2 hours


Medic Volunteers are on call to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants. A medical kiosk will be located at the HUB containing all minor medical needs and a radio for assistance from a volunteer in more serious situations. Medic volunteers MUST BE SOBER during their shifts. Shifts are 4 hours


Ranger Volunteers are the eyes and ears of the burn. Rangers are NOT security. Rangers are mediators who work with participants to work out their individual difficulties in a non-violent manner. Ranger Trainings are provided early in the event. New Rangers cannot go on a shift until after attending a Ranger Training. Ranger Volunteers move throughout the burn interacting and enjoying the burn, although a Ranger MUST BE SOBER at all times while on shift. Rangers are there to help participants in whatever capacity they are needed. If you see someone in distress or looking disoriented or anything else that triggers an alarm, check it out and see if your assistance is needed. Sometimes it can be walking an inebriated person to their camp or listening to someone who needs an ear. Rangers keep the burn safe so the participants can enjoy themselves with abandon. Shifts are 4 hours


HUB Volunteers help keep the burn well lubricated with Volunteers. The Squirrel Snatchers do whatever it takes to keep the volunteer positions filled with live bodies. A mega phone is provided. The HUB is also the central hang-out spot and information center of the burn. What, Where, When Boards are placed at the HUB and Volunteers help to maintain them and keep them up to date. Shifts are 2 hours 


Conclave Volunteers are fire performers who light up and give a show before the lighting of the Effigy. Fire Props must be approved by Fire Safety Lead/Co-Lead before lighting up at the event. You MUST BE SOBER to perform with fire in the Conclave.  Shifts are varied. 


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