2015 Convention - Gerry Gits Challenge - Crossette
In the past the Gerry Gits challenge was often defined in a
sentence or two. To widen the window of creativity and to make
the challenge attemptable by many more participants, the
challenge title was reduced to one or two words. The 2015 Gerry
Gits challenge is "Crossette".
Several pyro sources have defined the crossette as follows:
"Crossette is an effect characterized by a star expelled from a
shell or mortar which quickly shoots outward or upward and then
bursts evenly into four (4) directions, thus the name Crossette.
When multiple crossette stars are burst from a shell
simultaneously the result is a mass of criss-crossing grid-like
Please note that the above is the classical definition and any
variation is welcome including alternate burst fragment numbers
creating a cross as defined in other cultures. Let your
imagination, skill, and artistic creativity run away with this
The challenge is for everyone to enter, from 8 to 98 and
beyond. Since no Grand Master points are offered, the only
restrictions are those imposed by the Safety Team. Please try
your hand for the trophy and $100 cash prize by entering any pyro
from a single device to a show.
What is a Crossette?
'Crossette is an effect characterized by a "star" which quickly
shoots outward in four directions from the initial comet. When
multiple crossette shells are fired simultaneously, the result is
a mass of criss-crossing trails, hence the name. Each specialized
star in a crossette shell contains a small shot hole that
effectively divides the star into four sides. The shot hole is
packed with an explosive powder. When the charge ignites, the
star splits into four segments that propel outward. Once limited
to silver or gold effects, colored crossettes such as red, green,
or white are now very common.'
Crossette. (n.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved September 22,
2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireworks#Crossette
The PGI competition team lost a very special member on
Christmas Eve, 2007 with the passing of Chief Judge Gerry Gits.
To honor Gerry's manifold contributions to the PGI competitions
over the years as competitor, judge, and most recently chief
judge, the judges have decided to rename the Judges Challenge
competition as the Gerry Gits Challenge, and the prize to be the
Gerry Gits Memorial Trophy.