BONFIRE: How stack has changed, but the Aggie tradition remains the same
Cody Whitten, owner of J. Cody's BBQ in Bryan, shows off his Bonfire memorabilia and photo collection. Whitten, an A&M graduate, and former Bonfire builder said he is glad the new generation is keeping the Aggie tradition alive.
This Bonfire has been built using the traditional wedding cake formation, which was adopted around 1978.
Ashton Vara, Head Stack of Bonfire '19, explains how Student Bonfire has re-designed stack to be safer. "Every single log that we have touches the ground," Vara said.
Cody Whitten shows pictures he's collected and taken over the years to honor and remember those who worked on Bonfire in both past and present.
Builders work on stack for Bonfire '19. Student Bonfire redesigned the wedding cake formation after the collapse of '99 killed 12 people.
Ashton Vara, Head Stack of Bonfire '19, points out the names on his helmet. The helmet has been passed down through the heads of stack since the 1970's, Vara said.
Another photo from Cody Whitten's personal Bonfire collection shows Aggie stack workers.
Stack worker helmets adorn the rafters of J.Cody's BBQ in Bryan. Cody Whitten built up his Bonfire collection as a way to honor the Aggie tradition both past and present.