Saturday, August 13, 2011

2011 Pyrotechnics Guild International: Grand Finale

Rain was forecast for the final day of the convention and it came in the early evening.  The storms weren't strong and for the most part were clearing around the time that the action was supposed to kick off.  However because of the rain things were delays and a bit disorganized because preparations were delayed.  The first part of the show was the super string, a couple million firecrackers tied together in a large string.  It inadvertently went off as the national anthem was finishing.  I thought it was a bit disappointing, it wasn't very loud or visually interesting.

After that there was a long delay before the all stars did their thing.  This is a group of some of the better competitors from throughout the week.  A couple of the more interesting things they did was a palm tree with coconuts and a sun with planets. The followed up the demonstration of individual items with some stuff set to music.  We both enjoyed it, but it was much smaller then some of the other shows throughout the week.

After the all stars was another break until the first show by Zambelli.  Their show was a tribute to 9-11.  Some of the things they did with fireballs and a flaming outline of the towers was interesting, but some of the music was a bit dull.  This show wasn't really my thing, but I can see why some people would have liked it.

The evening finished with a display by Pyrotechnico which was neat.  It was well coordinated and there were some neat shells that we hadn't seen during the week.  The finale put a lot of shells up in the air at the same time and finished strong.  After the show was over getting out of the parking lot was a bit of a chore but eventually we made it home.  Overall it was a fun week and I'm looking forward to the next time they come to town.

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