The PGI fireworks convention – it’s been described as the most fun you can have in a week with fireworks!
Thousands of members and their families come to the PGI Convention in a different city the 2nd week in August. There are seminars, workshops, training, fireworks and supplies vending, fireworks collectors, socializing, and fantastic displays every night.
The PGI convention is a family friendly event. Families can enjoy shooting consumer fireworks together, watch displays and participating in seminars. The convention also has special youth oriented activities through the Junior Pyrotechnics Association (JPA) – a ‘club within a club’ that is made up of youth, aged 6 to 17, who are either related to a PGI member or who are PGI members on their own. Under adult supervision, the JPA plans, organizes and presents their own fireworks display using consumer fireworks on Wednesday night of the convention.
Learn the art of fireworks from members who have advanced skills and are recognized for their capabilities.
There is a full week of lectures, seminars and classes on everything from how various fireworks are made to creating musically choreographed displays that move your audience to tears. There are even ‘hands-on’ classes and you get to make a firework to fire that evening, or participate in setting up a display. Where the participant is building a shell or rocket work as part of the course, there may be a small fee for materials.
The PGI’s Nationally Recognized Display Operator’s Course is presented every year at the convention.
Safety and safe practices are the backbone of the PGI. You’ll learn how to make, use, store, and transport fireworks safely both for you and your audience.
Facilities are provided for members to conduct certain types of fireworks manufacturing activities under safe and controlled guidelines. Seminars, workshops, and member experts show you how.
Nightly open shooting of consumer and display fireworks nightly (Class B and C). There are wholesale vendors right on site where you can buy consumer fireworks and walk to an open shooting area set up with everything you need to safely shoot your purchases. There are friendly safety personnel on hand to help if you have any questions or need help using your fireworks.
During the week there are nightly fireworks displays, both traditional and pyro-musicals, fireworks product demonstrations and displays of many kinds. The final night includes the "All Stars" display featuring the work of the PGI’s most talented fireworks makers. This is where the best of the best is seen.
There are fireworks competitions for judging ember’s pyro manufacturing skills Members can compete to be judged under rules for many categories of display. These can be aerial shells, ground displays, proximate shows, class C extravaganzas, etc.
A large room or a building is allocated for the sale of fireworks related T-shirts, tools, books, and memorabilia related to fireworks. There is also a supplies vending area where fireworks related supplies are available.
There is a dedicated area for collectors to display and sell their historic fireworks memorabilia.
There is an art show where members exhibit their fireworks related creations – including paintings and drawings, photographs, sculptures and a popular feature are the fireworks related quilts that many bring to display. The membership gets plenty of opportunity to appreciate their fellow member’s artistic talents and vote for winners in the various art categories.
Each year there is an auction where many interesting pyro-related items are available to the highest bidder. Items include fireworks related books and literature, pyro tools, firing systems, pyro collectables and historical items, consumer fireworks, and many other pyro-related items.
On Friday afternoon there is the Annual Banquet. This is where awards for the competitors are presented, including the coveted Grand Master Award. It is a fun occasion with a buffet dinner preceded by a social hour.