New Castle News

TOP STORIES

October 18, 2012

Boomtown Again: Return of fireworks convention to boost local economy

NEW CASTLE — The neighbors are planning on getting a little noisy — and Lawrence County will be at the party.

The Pyrotechnics Guild International announced last night that it will bring its 2013 convention to Cooper’s Lake Campground from Aug. 10-17. The weeklong event will include four nights of spectacular, public fireworks shows, the likes of which haven’t been seen on the East Coast since 1994 — when the guild held its convention at SNPJ near Enon Valley.

Still, the skies won’t be the only things lighting up. Area merchants’ eyes likely will be gleaming as well. Jack Cohen, president of the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, said last night that the event is expected to have a $5.5 million economic impact on the region.

With Cooper’s Lake just two miles across the Lawrence County line, JoAnn McBride expects a nice chunk of that change to flow back into the New Castle area.

“Right now, we already have several hotels in the area that have rooms booked and set aside for the delegates coming here,” the director of the Lawrence County Tourism Promotion Agency said last night. “Our campgrounds have already had phone calls from people wanting to stay there.

“It’s quite exciting; anything that happens at Cooper’s Lake, a lot of people gravitate to the New Castle Area.”

Debbie Yeager, co-owner of Rose Point Park Campground — which is about five minutes from Cooper’s Lake — said her facility already is reaping benefits from the convention announcement.

“All 10 of our cabins are booked, and several campsites,” she said. “And they’re booked for a 10-day span, so it’s not just coming for the weekend; they’re here for the entire event.

“Remember when it was at SNPJ? We were busy then. We had nine days of solid occupancy then — people from all over the country. They stayed in travel trailers; we only had three cabins at the time. So if it was big for us when it was clear on the other side of the county, I know it’s going to be huge now.”

The Pyrotechnics Guild International was founded in 1969 as an independent worldwide nonprofit organization of amateur and professional fireworks enthusiasts. The Cooper’s Lake gathering will be its 40th annual convention.

There will be seminars, competition and trade shows for guild members, but for the public, the highlight will be the pyrotechnic displays scheduled for Aug. 11, 13, 14 and 16, beginning at dusk.

“What I remember most about 1994,” McBride said, “ is fireworks like you’ve never seen before — very, very unique, because these are amateurs. They’re the ones that are putting together the fireworks in their basement, so to speak.

“There isn’t a year go by that someone doesn’t call and want to know when they’re coming back.”

That’s not likely to stop after next year’s convention.

“Two-and-a-half hours of fireworks with a music theme,” guild President Dan Creagan said of the public shows, which he expects will be seen by 25,000 people each night. “You’ll see things you’ve never seen before. These people are all showing off in front of other professionals, and they don’t want to look bad.

“Your knees are going to be shaking when you walk away.”

(Email: d_irwin@ncnewsonline.com)

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
TOP STORIES
  • Barletto.jpg Emotional Closure: Woman sentenced in Jerry McCarthy’s death

    The driver of the car that killed a Shenango Township policeman is heading to prison. Kylee Gwen Barletto, 26, apologized Wednesday to the family of William J. “Jerry” McCarthy and to her family after pleading guilty to eight of 16 charges against her.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • fire.jpg Fire marshal probes cause of blaze

    A city police fire marshal said he hasn’t ruled yet on a blaze that ravaged two Taylor Street houses. Chris Fabian, who was at the fire scene for the duration Monday morning, said the blaze that displaced three families started in the back of a yellow, two-story duplex at 602 Taylor St.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • quake.jpg Pennsylvania won’t take action on quakes

    Pennsylvania officials plan no action despite new Ohio rules on drilling that affect a seismically active area near the state line.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

  • 01.jpg Photo Gallery, Story: Crowds of anglers still turned out for opening day of trout season

    Saturday morning marked the beginning of the Pennsylvania trout season. Locally, many anglers took to the county’s rivers and streams, eager to get started. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocked lakes and streams with 3.2 million adult brook, brown and rainbow trout.

    April 14, 2014 9 Photos

  • S_Levar1.jpg Levar Ware’s Story, Part 2: After getting his life back on track, senior ready to tackle college next

    Second of two parts: Even when Levar Ware was at his lowest, people recognized the quality of his character.  Some, like Andy Tommelleo, former director of the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center, went the extra mile because of it.
     

    April 12, 2014 3 Photos 1 Story

  • F_Levar1.jpg Levar Ware’s Story, Part 1: ’Canes’ senior finally found his way after enduring difficult living conditions in West Virginia

    First of two parts: His infectious smile can light up a room, but five years ago, Levar Ware was living in darkness. Except for his mother, concerned educators and a local attorney, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound senior who helped New Castle High capture its first state basketball title last month might not even have been on the team.

    April 11, 2014 2 Photos

  • money.jpg Settlement reached in City Rescue Mission lawsuit

    A lawsuit filed against the City Rescue Mission by a vision-impaired man has been settled. The case’s settlement was reported in a filing on the U.S. District Court docket Tuesday.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Residents want repairs to bridge

    Guardrails are expected to be installed on a Pulaski Township culvert bridge by week’s end because of residents’ safety concerns. The township-owned bridge is on Maple Lane, just west of Hilcorp Energy Co.’s Artman wellpad.

    April 10, 2014

  • N1306P46011C.TIF Agreement reached to restore Cascade Park pool

    United Way of Lawrence County will soon embark on its goal to bring back the Cascade Park swimming pool. The city of New Castle and the United Way tentatively have reached an agreement on leasing the pool to the agency, allowing it to rehabilitate the facility that has been dormant for approximately 14 years.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • razzano-1.jpg New Castle Schools: Razzano resigns in settlement with district

    Robert Razzano has resigned from his position as New Castle Junior High School principal, effective yesterday. The school board in an 8-0 vote ratified an agreement between Razzano and the district that ends his employment and allows him to collect his pay through the end of the year, an amount of $29,610.

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Poll

The driver of the car that killed Shenango Township police officer Jerry McCarthy has been sentenced to five to 10 years in prison. You OK with the sentence?

Yes
No. Not long enough.
No. Too long.
Not sure
     View Results