Monday

[misc] Festival of Fireworks

This past weekend we went down to Cheshire Fairgrounds for the Atlas Pyro's Festival of Fireworks. The grounds opened at 3pm but we didn't arrive until 5pm. The show began at 9 pm, with live bands and some skydivers providing entertainment in between.

The fireworks were spec. tac. u. lar. First was a short pyro display to the star spangled banner. Then the main Rock show.

Festival of Fireworks

Festival of Fireworks

Festival of Fireworks

Festival of Fireworks

Festival of Fireworks

Festival of Fireworks

Festival of Fireworks

Pictures don't do it justice. Here are videos:






It was a great show- 30 minutes and it went by quite fast. The fireworks were SO HUGE. They filled up the entire sky. Greatest fireworks display I've ever seen in my life.

This is the first year that the show is being held at the Cheshire Fairgrounds in Swanzey, NH. A couple things we didn't really like:

A. No alcohol. I'm sure they want to cut down on drunk drivers but since I was the designated driver, I know Dollar would have liked to have some beer since we had FOUR HOURS to kill from the time we got there to the time the show started. They said there's a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol, but people brought coolers and we saw some majorly wasted people when we were trying to leave. Which brings me to-

B. Trying to leave. This was so epically screwed up. The cars are parked side-by-side, nose-to-rear. So it is literally impossible to leave when you want. You have to wait for everyone to get back to their car (or at least all the cars directly in front of you) before you can even move. Which made me wonder- what happens if you had an emergency and wanted to leave early? Too bad. What happens if the person in front of you never comes back to their car? Too bad. Plus, it took an hour for any of the event people to come and start directing cars. We all just sat there in our cars, locked in, for an hour. It was seriously so f'ed up. I asked Dollar if he wanted to come back in October for Kaboomfest and the parking situation was bad enough to put us on the fence. Maybe they'll have a better system by then? Maybe we can find somewhere else to park? 

I'd like to see another show now that I know what to expect. I brought a picnic blanket for us to sit on but the real way to go is camping chairs. Oh man, this one couple in front of us had these awesome hammock chairs that reclined and they brought pillows/blankets. They looked so comfy cosy. THAT is the way to see the show. Bring a little folding table and some cards to play while you kill time. And a cooler with drinks/snacks.

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