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#1 nater

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 08:43 PM

We are pleased to announce to 2014 Midwest Fireworks Festival!

 

Registration forms are available here http://www.heartland...a/...02014.docx

 

This will be hosted by Heartland Pyrotechnics Arts Association, in Mentone, Indiana. SEPTEMBER 19-20, you do not have to be a member to attend, but there is a nominal registration fee to help cover expenses.

 

This is a great weekend full of pyro activities. We also have onsite camping with water and electrical hookups. This is a weekend of open shooting, friendly competition, vending, seminars and lots of pyro fellowship. We have a magazine on site that we can hold licensed product as well. 

 

Rumor has it that some very well respected pyros and past PGI Grandmasters will be in attendance.  Some members are also planning on a mascleta and a daylight effect show!

 

Manufacturing is allowed on site during certain hours.  This is an incredible site and one of the best pyro events each year and my personal favorite to attend.

 

Reply to this thread or PM me for more information.


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 09:34 AM

Oh man. If my club wasn't having an event that weekend I sure would have loved to make it. 


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 01:50 PM

8 hr drive for me from school. Might go if I can rally up some friends. Would you say it's worth the trip?



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 01:57 PM

Absolutely! We have a number of people who make a 6 hour drive, one around 8 or 9 and another flying in from the East coast. There is a structured show or two, but the emphasis is on open shooting and pyro fellowship.

I am biased though. Maybe someone else who has attended in the past can chime in.
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Posted 30 July 2014 - 03:02 PM

I've been to MFF twice.  I've always had a great time.  It's quite enjoyable.  I'm considering going again this year.  It's MFF or the last WPAG shoot of the year.  I haven't decided yet. 


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 09:17 PM

I'll be going for sure!  The site is less than 3 hours from me and I have to make up for not going to PGI somehow or another.

 

Nater: Can your magazine hold homemade stuff, assuming it is made and transported legally?  I might not show up until Saturday in which case I believe this wouldn't be an issue.  Do you guys have 5 and/or 6" guns for heavy cylinder shells?  Any club policies that might apply? 

 

Mumbles: September is your last shoot of the year?  Sounds like you Wisconsin guys aren't as hardcore as we are in the mitten.  We shoot in October and December!  :)  



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 09:50 PM

I've heard there used to be an October shoot before I got involved.  Apparently it was always cold and the weather was always awful so they stopped holding it.  I don't really blame them.  September is sort of a crap shoot with the weather as it is.  We do have a shoot in March off of a frozen lake at least. 


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 09:50 PM

We should have some heavy mortars. I can bring those sizes if nobody else does. I am aiming for a 5" 5-timed spider, a rocket with a 4" compartment shell and maybe a 6" single color break cylinder.

As far as club policies, for heavy cylinder shells we bury the mortars deep with extra distance. Most people e-fire them, but handlighting is allowed. Mortars are loaded, we usually e fire first one at a time, handlight one at a time and then reload.

I will be in charge of the rocket line. We watch the other lines and try not to step on their product too much. We are also careful not to fire rockets if anyone is too close reloading.

Safety glasses and hard hats are strongly encouraged. I will have safety glassses on site for $2 a pair.

Manufacturing is available on site. Spaces will be outside only this year. Bring your own table and pop up. Rules are similar to PGI. I will have a formal list of guidelines available after the convention.
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Posted 30 July 2014 - 11:30 PM

Thanks for the detailed response, Nater, I look forward to your shells and rockets. 

 

 

I've heard there used to be an October shoot before I got involved.  Apparently it was always cold and the weather was always awful so they stopped holding it.  I don't really blame them.  September is sort of a crap shoot with the weather as it is.  We do have a shoot in March off of a frozen lake at least. 

 

Of course I should note that we are a little warm for our latitude in Michigan, but our December and February shoots are always snowy nonetheless.  We have people who will wire up shows when they can't feel their fingers... I used to be one of them but I'm getting to old for that crap! 

 

It was actually MFF a few years ago when I remember it being nippy (frost forming after sunset) in September.  So it may be a good idea to bring warm stuff to this event just in case. 



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Posted 31 July 2014 - 11:36 AM

Is camping guaranteed or more of a first come first serve deal? I'd love to go but would only go if I had a few people riding with me to make the trip more economical/enjoyable. It'd be nice to be 100% sure I'd have a place to sleep before going.

 

That said, anyone from Rochester NY area looking to go to this event? I'd be willing to drive.



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Posted 01 August 2014 - 03:36 AM

Camping is first come first served, but there should be plenty of space. We have not had a problem with too few spots before and I do not anticipate a problem again.
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Posted 22 August 2014 - 04:32 PM

I am sure there will be plenty of camping spots available and there are showers, electric and water, but no waste dump site for RV's.

Probably a little biased but I would encourage anyone to attend who wants the complete pyro experience.

Mumbles, you can go to a Cheesehead shoot any time.  See you next month ;)


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Posted 24 August 2014 - 07:40 PM

I will be attending this year and a half dozen other members from Mpag arr also attending.
I will be bringing at least 2 12's to fill the sky..
Mumbles would love to see you there, I think you should make the trip...
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Posted 26 August 2014 - 10:53 AM

I'm planning to make an appearance for Saturday at least.  It most depends on how things at work are going. 


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Posted 30 August 2014 - 07:34 PM

You won't regret it.  There are a bunch of Michigan guys coming as well.  Unfortunately I am not bringing anything to shoot as in the past, I have been in hibernation for a while ;)  Just spoke with one of our members today, last years PGI Grand Master, and it sounds like he has been building 24-7.


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Posted 01 September 2014 - 11:34 AM

It is too bad that we won't be blessed by one of your shells, but I do appreciate the reasons why.  Hopefully my 5 timed Sfera makes you proud.

 

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Also, Ben Smith will be attending and vending again this year.  If you want something from his catalog delivered free of charge, head to his site and place your orders.

 

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 02:13 PM

Phil, Ned and myself will be bringing some supplies to test some tubes that Phil is sourcing as a potential replacement for NEPT.  We will be set up to test various 1# motors since that is the most popular size of rocket. If you attend, please join us in the manufacturing area and the rocket line for some fun experiments. 


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Posted 07 September 2014 - 07:38 PM

Any idea yet of what seminars are which day and what time? I am specifically not wanting to miss the
Toro method rolling seminar.

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Posted 17 September 2014 - 02:39 PM

 All,

 

Here is the tentative schedule for the weekend. See you all there.


Friday September 19


10:00 AM

Registration Opens

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Site Setup

11:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch

3:30 PM

Safety Meeting

4:00 PM - Midnight

Open Shooting

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Dinner

11:00 PM - ??

Afterglow


Saturday September 20


10:00 AM

Registration Opens

10:00 AM

Seminar:Rocket Tube Waxing by Ned Gorski

11:00 AM -1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM – 2:00PM

Seminar: Toro Style Star Rolling by Mark U.

2:00 PM – 3:00PM

Seminar: Glitter Chemistry and Comet Construction  by Rob B.

3:15 PM – 3:30PM

Daytime Show

3:30PM - 5:30PM

Auction/Raffle/50-50

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Dinner

8:20 PM

Mascaletta

8:30 PM – 8:45PM

Steve Meyers & Mark U Pyromusical

9:00 PM – 9:20PM

Member Show

9:20 PM – 9:35PM

Johnny Rockets

9:45 -Midnight

Open Shooting


Sunday September 21


8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM - ??

Site clean up


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 08:42 AM

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