Dynamite Displays Will Dazzle the Sky this August in Butler County, Pennsylvania

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Embrace explosive summer nights with the biggest firework displays ever launched

By: Jenna Hasson

August 10-17, 2013 is one week that features four fantastic nights of show-stopping, jaw-dropping, and out-of-this-world firework displays like you’ve never seen before! These dancing booms and blasts will sparkle and swirl, making you “ooh” and “aah” as they shoot across the sky! Be one of the anticipated 150,000 people to witness the latest innovative and spectacular firework performances of all time.

 Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI), the world’s largest fireworks club, has chosen Cooper’s Lake Campground in Slippery Rock to host their annual fireworks convention. More than 2,000 members of PGI will meet here in Butler County, 30 minutes north of Pittsburgh, for this week-long extravaganza. This is the first year this convention will revisit Pennsylvania since 1994, when it was held in New Castle, PA. The convention is typically held in the Midwest because vast open spaces are a necessity, however, PGI found their 40th anniversary home at Cooper’s Lake Campground, right here in western Pennsylvania.  This year the show, entitled “Boom and a Blast,” is bigger and better than ever before. PGI has planned to make this the largest display of pyrotechnic brilliance it has ever conducted. 

 Tourism Development Coordinator of the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, Ashley Lukan, had the pleasure of attending the convention last year in LaPorte, IN.  “It was beyond spectacular,” said Lukan. “First you’d hear a few low booms and see the faint trails of sparks shooting, some twirling in the sky, then came the blasts, gigantic displays of color and sparkle spanning as far as you could see.”

 PGI, a group dedicated to the artistry, preservation and enjoyment of fireworks in a family-friendly atmosphere, will take over Cooper’s Lake Campground in Butler County for an entire week.  Current PGI members will be gathering for workshops, safety training, and seminars during the daylight hours, but the public is invited to the four fireworks display nights August 11th, 13th, 14th and 16th.  The parking lots and gates will open at 4 PM. Each display night offers something unique that you will not want to miss! A special pre-show celebration with live entertainment, food vendors and more will take place before each public display night. During the entertainment, PGI members will launch consumer-style fireworks and rockets to build up the excitement for the evening’s rocking spectacle.

 “These aren’t your average fireworks,” said Lukan. “They are just like magic and the best part – they are coming to Western Pennsylvania.”

 Some of these fireworks are so bright that they’ll light up the whole campground like it’s daytime. Most of these massive, artistic firework performances are choreographed to music – dubbed “pyro-musicals” – a favorite style of this group. These fantastic firework shows will last more than an hour, much longer than the usual community display. The event schedule includes displays that will have you in awe way after they’re over!

 Sunday, August 11, 2013 – 8:30 PM

The week kicks off with the National Anthem, PGI style! It’s a red, white and blue phenomenon that is patriotic, colorful and loud! As seen on the Discovery Channel Series, “Dirty Jobs,” Albert Knoblach’s Little Big Shots will delight crowds with a fiery show. “The First Family of Fireworks,” Zambelli Fireworks of New Castle, PA, will present a world-class display.

 Tuesday, August 13, 2013 – 8:30 PM

Tuesday night will send chills down your spine with a display called “Victory March.” There will be so many not-to-miss features this evening. An award-winning show designer will knock your socks off and a never-before-seen Tour de Force Rocket Rodeo will take over the sky.

 Wednesday, August 14, 2013 – 8:30 PM

The first display is entirely created, assembled, choreographed and fired by the Junior Pyrotechnics Association (JPA) members, ages 7 through 17. Be amazed by the minds of our younger generations! The other displays special effects and new techniques will leave the audience speechless.

 Friday, August 16, 2013 – 8 PM

The final night will light up the skies of Butler County like never before. Pyro-musicals will entertain family and friends of all ages, leaving them with unforgettable memories. The last display of the week is promised to go out with more than just a little “bang.”

 Every seat is the best seat in the house. Hold on and prepare to be amazed. Experience the boom that will be heard for miles, and the blast that will astonish your mind forever!

 Tickets and more information are available at www.VisitButlerCounty.com/PGI.  Online presale tickets are $35 per carload (up to six people) or $40 at the gate and include the musical performances and other pre-show fun. No checks will be accepted. Shows will sell out, so order tickets early! For more information, call 866-856-8444.