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March 16, 2013

Pyrotecnico offers fireworks challenge at Pyrofest

NEW CASTLE — A Pyrotecnico fireworks enthusiast will be chosen to choreograph the first night show at PyroFest during Memorial Day weekend.

The fireworks festival will take place at Hartwood Acres near Pittsburgh on Memorial Day weekend.

The Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks Challenge will afford someone the chance to choreograph  a professional fireworks display by competing in PyroFest and Finale Fireworks contest.

“Our goal with this was to give a bunch of folks an opportunity to show their creative skills with the winner actually shooting their show at America’s largest fireworks festival,” said Rocco Vitale, creative director at Pyrotecnico.

To compete, individuals will need to download and submit an entry forms, which can be found at

Once the entry forms  have been reviewed, Pyrotecnico will send the contestants instructions on how to submit their simulated fireworks show entries.

All choreography must be created using Finale Fireworks Pro, available for download at Discounts are available for the software by noting the request on the entry form.

Each contestant  will create an 8-  to 10-minute show using the site layout and list of products specified by Pyrotecnico. Contestants also will create the corresponding soundtracks for their shows.

Judges will base their decision on quality of display, synchronization, use of site and originality of display.

The winner, in addition to producing a show at PyroFest,   will receive two tickets to PyroFest with exclusive backstage access, travel expenses and room and board for two, all firing systems to execute the show and all product for the show provided by Pyrotecnico.

“One person is going to walk away with a lifelong memory and will be able to say, ‘My show opened a festival that featured internationally acclaimed Ricardo Caballer and Pyrotecnico.’ We think the entire process is going to be a lot of fun,” Vitale said.

The contest, already under way, will run through April 15. The winner will be chosen April 25 and will announced via the PyroFest website and social media.

More information about the “Fantasy in the Sky” Fireworks Challenge and ticket information for this year’s PyroFest is available at

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