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Like Fireworks? Five Things to Know About the Pyrotechnics Convention in Butler County

Billed as the Olympics of fireworks, the convention is open to the public.

Photo Credit: Butler County tourism and Convention Bureau
Photo Credit: Butler County tourism and Convention Bureau

1. It’s International

In August, thousands of Pyrotechnics Guild International members and their families will descend on the Cooper’s Lake Campground in Slippery Rock for their annual convention. There are seminars, workshops, safety training, fireworks and supplies vending, socializing and fantastic displays each night.

2. It’s Open to the Public

The public is invited to join in on the fun Aug. 11, 13, 14 and 16. Gates open at 4 p.m. and spectators are invited to come early to enjoy live music and vendors before the show. 

3. There's Music, Too

Performers include Amanda Noah, Street Level, The May Hollow Remedy Band, Sydney Hutchko and many others.

4. Never Before Seen Fireworks Displays

Each night will feature a spectacular show from various fireworks companies, including the “First Family of Fireworks,” the Zambellis.

On Tuesday, Aug. 13, the Tour de Force will showcase Pyrotechnic Rockets is an incredible display that's rarely done for the public.

The first display of Wednesday, Aug 14, also will feature a show entirely created, assembled, choreographed and fired by the Junior Pyrotechnics Association members, who range in age from 7 to 17.

The final display on Friday, Aug. 16 will light up the skies over Butler County like never before. 

More than million firecrackers will be blown up, and that’s just the Super String. The PGI will also display a much larger Mega String.

5. Tickets Are On Sale Now

Presale tickets can be purchased on the Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau for $35/carload by clicking here. They will be $40 at the gate.

"We are thrilled to have show-stopping, jawdropping, out-of-this world fireworks in our backyard, but visitors should definitely come out early to snag a seat and enjoy the performances," said Ashley Lukan, Tourism Development Coordinator.

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