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In muddy fields with the rain misting down, hundreds of people ooh and ahh as a three-story pile of Christmas trees goes up in flames. The annual Newbury Christmas tree bonfire was started five years ago to help raise money for a new engine for the volunteer fire department, and this year the Newbury Fire Department Protection Company #2 got a pumper truck. But the event has evolved from its original purpose: It still raises money, but it has become a winter tradition the community cherishes, with music, games, food, and an auction where you buy a ticket for a chance to set the trees ablaze or to win a ride to school on a fire truck.

The 5th Annual Christmas Tree Burn Fundraiser begins.

Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe

The 5th Annual Christmas Tree Burn Fundraiser begins.

From left: Abby Parr, 12, Lily Pflaum, 11, and Sophia Novello, 11, all from Newburyport, enjoyed the three-story bonfire.

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From left: Abby Parr, 12, Lily Pflaum, 11, and Sophia Novello, 11, all from Newburyport, enjoyed the three-story bonfire.

Ellie Bailey, guide at the Spencer-Peirce-Little manor and farmhouse, welcomed visitors at the National Historic Landmark.

Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe

Ellie Bailey, guide at the Spencer-Peirce-Little manor and farmhouse, welcomed visitors at the National Historic Landmark.

Jaimie Cuddire volunteers every Saturday working with the animals at the Spencer-Peirce-Little farm house, cleaning pens, feeding animals, and teaching kids.

Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe

Jaimie Cuddire volunteers every Saturday working with the animals at the Spencer-Peirce-Little farm house, cleaning pens, feeding animals, and teaching kids.

Roger, the donkey, and his goat and sheep friends eagerly anticipated feed from visitors at the Spencer-Peirce-Little farmhouse.

Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe

Roger, the donkey, and his goat and sheep friends eagerly anticipated feed from visitors at the Spencer-Peirce-Little farmhouse.

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