PyroFest 2014! America’s Largest and Most Fantastic Fireworks Festival

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By Marianne Reid Anderson

Appearing on May 24, 2014 at Hartwood Acres, PyroFest is a one-of-akind spectacular fireworks event designed to amaze, thrill and captivate audiences of all ages. On May 24th the sky will become a festival of light and pyrotechnic special effects that are choreographed with split-second timing to a monumental musical score.

Produced by Pyrotecnico, PyroFest 2014 brings techniques and products from around the globe in an effortless array of pyrotechnic presentations to include both daytime and nighttime fireworks that will dazzle spectators with a thrilling sensory and visual experience they will never forget.

 PyroFest displays are designed to entertain and delight everyone, young and old alike. Among the productions and activities planned for this year’s PyroFest are:

  • Daytime & Colored Smoke Fireworks – New technology makes pyrotechnic displays possible even in the daylight hours. Among the daylight displays will be a very special choreographed presentation of the National Anthem and a U.S. Military Salute, complete with skydivers, to pay tribute to our troops, veterans and their families. Veterans and current members of the military are encouraged to enter a special free drawing for a $3,000 vacation package to Nemacolin Woodlands.
  • Pyro UFO Launch – Science fiction fans of all ages will be overwhelmed by witnessing a pyrotechnic alien aircraft. The flying saucer will launch, hover and zoom into outer space right before your eyes.
  • “Fantasy in the Sky” Fireworks Challenge – Selected by PyroFest judges to kick-off the night-time displays, “Fantasy in the Sky” is the debut of a uniquely-designed display by an aspiring fireworks choreographer.
  • Internationally acclaimed Ricardo Caballer, S.A. Ricasa Fireworks Production – Direct from Spain, this world-renowned, award-winning fireworks choreographer returns to PyroFrest where in 2013 he had his United States debut. Best known for choreographing the fireworks for the Olympics, Ricardo Caballer brings his latest innovative and European production techniques to captivate spectators at PyroFest 2014.
  • Grandest Finale of All Time – The evening culminates with a Grand Finale beyond compare. This World Premiere of a Unique, Never-Before-Seen, Pyrotecnico Production is sure to awe, amaze and delight the fireworks fan in all of us.

In addition to this best-of-class, pyro-packed lineup, Pyrofest will also include all-day, live music provided by the great musical groups of The Defibulators known for their high-energy sounds of Brooklyn Country, NOMaD a.k.a. North of Mason Dixon debuted on the charts after releasing their first two singles brings their vibrant songs and sounds, and Pittsburgh’s own four-piece rock band The Options winners of many young band and battle of the bands competitions will be rocking the crowd.

Also, be sure and have the kids visit the PNC Kid’s Zone presented by the PA Leadership Charter School to enjoy this fun and fabulous area designed just for them. There will be games, face painting, inflatables, make & take crafts, and various interactive educational presentations.

Concession stands will be serving all your festival favorites and delicious summer-fare to keep your tummies and taste buds satisfied – and be sure to remember to savor a warm, freshly made funnel cake among the bevy of yummy treats. Ales and Lagers will also be available for attendees over 21 years old with proper identification.

Parking is limited at Hartwood Acre; therefore once it is full, additional parking and a convenient free shuttle service from Hampton High School is also available. Hampton High School is located at 4591 School Drive, Alison Park, PA 15101.

PyroFest is expected to sell-out, so be sure and purchase your tickets early by going to and click “Buy Tickets.” Purchase price is $23 for general admission; Students/children receive a discounted price of $14. Children 6 and under are FREE. There are also special VIP passes available for $70 each.

If you have always wanted to choreograph your own fireworks display and would like to enter your design into the “Fantasy in the Sky” Fireworks challenge, create an 8-10 minute show simulation with Finale Fireworks Pro software at and go to to download an entry form and learn the rules and judging criteria. You must submit your entry by April 10th. The lucky winner will get

  • To produce their show live at PyroFest 2014, where it will kick off the night-time festivities
  • Two tickets to PyroFest with exclusive backstage access (for the winner and one friend)
  • Travel expenses and room & board for two (the winner and one friend)
  • All firing systems to execute the show provided by Pyrotecnico
  • All product for the show provided by Pyrotecnico

To view last year’s winning entry, go to to watch the video of this spectacular dream-come-true production.

For more information about PyroFest 2014, an unforgettable Memorial Day experience that will be enjoyed by everyone, both young and old, friends and family, visit