Lions, fireworks group team up for project
October 24, 2013 11:00 AM
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Every once in a great while, the stars align, the universe comes into balance, and the resulting harmony brings forth this: a big fireworks show set to music. And with kettle corn and funnel cakes.

So if you like any or all of the above, consider heading over to White Township’s Mack Park, where all three are to be had on Oct. 31, courtesy of the American Pyrotechnics Association and the Indiana Lions Club.

The fireworks show and events surrounding it are an outgrowth of a project between the association and IUP’s Center for Media Production and Research, a part of the communications media department.

Through the project, the center and IUP students are producing an association training video meant for new pyrotechnics professionals and for those whose job it is to monitor that activity.

The association has wanted to update the video — the current one dates to sometime around 1995. And when it began looking around for help, Vince Terrizzi and his family-owned Starfire Corp., of Northern Cambria, suggested it turn to the university.

The suggestion resulted in a partnership between the two, and they’ve been working together for about a year now, said department chairman Mark Piwinsky.

He said that having completed preproduction, they are finally ready to begin filming, which takes place over several days next week.

The video is comprehensive; it takes viewers through all the steps of a show, from packing fireworks to shipping them to unloading them and setting them up, according to Julie Heckman, the association’s executive director.

Since they were going to have to go through all the motions of setting up for a show for purposes of the video, the association decided to do one for real. And if they’re going stage a show, then why not make it big and ask a charitable group to build a fundraiser around it.

“It’s going to be quite different than your typical Fourth of July show,” said Heckman, adding that it includes fireworks donations from five or six companies and some custom-made pieces.

To surround the show, the Indiana Lions Club has put together an afternoon of activities to precede the show, billing it as a Fun Fest. Activities begin at 3 p.m. with a car show at the park. Lions Club member Jerry Boucher has asked that area car and motorcycle enthusiasts consider parking their rides at the show to help make it a success.

The entry fee for showing a vehicle is $5.

Boucher also will be spinning oldies records from 3 to 7 p.m. There also will be concession stands. Kettle corn, funnel cakes and hot dogs are on the menu.

Local variety band Hiram & the Walkers will take the stage at 7 p.m. at the park’s grandstand area.

The fireworks are set to begin sometime around 8 p.m.

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