PGI 2013 Convention - Public Display Information

PGI 2012 Display by Norm Whetzel
Photo by Norm Whetzel

With four nights of displays, each night promises to be a unique program of true pyrotechnic artistry. "Boom & a Blast" promises to be the largest series of displays ever presented in Pennsylvania.

The show's will start at 8:30pm. Get your tickets early so you won't miss the shows. Also don't forget to bring a folding chair or a blanket to sit on.

Gates Open at 4pm

The pre-show festival will have a variety of food and drink vendors (Sorry, no outside food or drink is permitted), along with live music, a climbing wall and other attractions.

August 11 - Sunday

4:00 - 4:45 Amanda Noah (Acoustic Folk)
5:00 - 6:00 The Grifters (Americana)
6:30 - 8:00 Street Level (Funk / Rock)

Sundays show kicks off with the National Anthem. It's a red, white and blue extravaganza. Patriotic, colorful and loud! Albert Knoblach's Little Big Shots, of "Dirty Jobs" fame, will delight crowds with locally-made shells turning into balls of fire in the sky. "The First Family of Fireworks", Zambelli Fireworks will present a world class display based on 120-years of pyrotechnic skill and artistry. We'll round out the evening with some competition, you're welcome to stay and see what our talented enthusiats can do.

August 13 - Tuesday

4:00 - 4:45 Nobel Hops Band (Acoustic Rock)
5:00 - 5:45 Tom Pappas (Folk / Indie Pop)
6:00 - 8:00 Kid Icarus (Rock)

Tuesday night will introduce Freedom Fireworks, from Kentucky presenting "Victory March" featuring Freedom's own brand of fireworks. Never before done, and perhaps never to be seen again, the Tour de Force display of Pyrotechnic Rockets is an incredible display rarely done for the public. Fire Art from Clearfield, PA will present a display by award winning show designer, Peter Rogoz featuring his own selection of music and firework choreography.

August 14 - Wednesday

4:00 - 5:15 The May Hollow Remedy Band (Bluegrass / Rock)
5:30 - 6:15 Tom Panei (Acoustic Singer / Songwriter)
6:30 - 7:00 Sydney Hutchko (Country)

The first display is entirely created, assembled, choreographed, and fired by the Junior Pyrotechnics Association (JPA) members, ages 7 through 17. The second display, by Celebration Fireworks and PA Pyrotechnics Artists, includes a myriad of member made products and some exciting special effects. Award winning local company, Pyrotechnico, will use new products and techniques leaving the audience speechless.

August 16 - Friday

4:00 - 5:00 Zach Manuel (Acoustic)
5:15 - 6:15 The Gravel Road Band (Classic Rock)
6:30 - 8:00 Mind's I (Original Rock)

The final display will light up the skies over Butler County like never before. Over one million firecrackers will be strung together, spread out and set off. We call it the Mega String! The All Star display will follow with their segment set to original music using fireworks assembled on site during the Convention. Bixler Pyrotechnics, based in Ashland, PA will present a fast paced and lively pyro-musical, a fireworks display timed with musical elements. The closing display will be John Sagaria's Fireworks Extravaganza, a must see pyrotechnic event promising to go out with a "bang". Arrive early for the finale program and of course, lots and lots of fireworks!

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