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Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI)

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By Mitchell Walters, Nancy Ann Peterson Photographer
Aug 12, 2017 - 11:45:23 AM


West Fargo, ND – One of the largest firework shows in the world displayed their immense amount of power during their final show Friday evening at the Red River Valley Fair grounds.  The stands were packed by spectators to take in the large display of talent and technique that the pyrotectic showed. 


The exact precision of coordination of music as the fireworks went off was done with perfection and beauty.  Participants came from 50 states and over 30 countries for a weeklong convention that was filled with seminars.  Educational and scientific techniques were emphasized along with safety.  A large number of younger members were involved in creation of building a display of fireworks that were shown Wednesday evening.


Friendships have been built through the years that enthusiasts have been getting together.  Membership is over 3,500 and brings a wide range of background experience.  Tom Sklebar of the PGI said that, “many of the members donate their time, talent, skills and we have become like a family.”  Members also compete for many categories in aerial shells, ground displays, proximate shows, Class C extravaganzas and more.  PGI was founded in 1969 and each year holds the week of seminars and display in different cities throughout the country; 2018 to be held in Mason City, Iowa.


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