PGI Convention

PGI Convention Camping Guidelines

To be fair to all members, we will continue to utilize the following guidelines when reserving Convention campsites:

  1. Camping is managed by the venue, not PGI. Fees and space restrictions are established by the venue.
  2. Camping forms will be available at the future venue table in Registration during Convention.
  3. In-person camping registration usually begins Tuesday morning during Convention (this day may be changed due to the availability of future venue personnel).
  4. Current members may reserve one (1) campsite per full member.  When completing the form provided by the venue, it must be completed in the member’s name, not spouse.
  5. Groups may assign one member to stand in line with the forms for the group, but this member must have ALL completed forms and deposits for the group. One camping space per current member still applies.
  6. Current members who are not attending Convention may have another member submit their form and fees during in-person registration.
  7. Reservations will only be accepted for members who are current.  Current members may not sign up past members who plan to be current by the next convention.
  8. Each member camper must then be a current PGI member and have their convention registration fees paid for by June 1st of the following year to retain campsite for that year.

 

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. 

Family Friendly

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.

Educational

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. 

Manufacturing opportunities

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. 

Consumer fireworks vending and open shooting

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.

World Class Fireworks Displays

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. 

Fireworks Competition

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.

Trade Show and supplies vending 

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.

Collectors Corner

There is a dedicated area for collectors to display and sell their historic fireworks memorabilia. 

Art Show

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.

Auction

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. 

Banquet

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.