Fireworks, music festival to take center stage at Hartwood
Pyro Fest, a marathon of fireworks and music, promises an explosion of eye-popping wonders.
A show by Ricardo Caballer S.A., or RICASA, of Valencia, Spain, and a concert by the Clarks lead the lineup of entertainment at Pyro Fest on May 25 at Hartwood Acres in Hampton.
The Spanish firm produced fireworks for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
“Their shows are extremely rhythmic,” said Rocco Vitale, creative director for Pyrotecnico, the Lawrence County fireworks firm that produces Pyro Fest.
Pyro Fest, which debuted last year at Hartwood Acres, bills itself as “America's Largest Fireworks Festival.”
“We've been dreaming about this festival for years,” said Vitale, 34, of Dallas. “We always wanted a lawn-and-blanket type place.
“We're not constricted by what kinds of fireworks we can use there,” he said about Hartwood Acres. “We like to shoot fireworks off crazy structures that we put out in a field.”
Vendors will sell festival foods and items such as glow sticks.
The 2013 edition of Pyro Fest also will offer a daytime salute to U.S. armed forces, live music by multiple bands and “Rock Loves II,” a 20-minute, after-dark spectacle.
Vitale's great-grandfather, the late Constantine Vitale, launched Pyrotecnico as the former Vitale Fireworks firm of New Castle, Lawrence County.
Constantine Vitale started the family business after he emigrated in 1889 from Italy.
“At that time, they were coming over to look for work in the tin mills,” said Rocco Vitale. “They were fireworks hobbyists at night, and that grew into a business.
“Then my grandfather took over the company and ran it through the war — World War II — and then my father took it over in 1977,” he said. “We were basically manufacturing everything and selling it to local communities for their Fourth of July displays.
“In the 1980s the industry kind of shifted and developed into more of a service-based business, where we actually go out and provide the fireworks service,” said Rocco Vitale. “Then in 1993, my brother took it over . . . My brother renamed it Pyrotecnico.
“We don't manufacture anymore. We import everything we consume.”
Tickets are available online at www.pyrofest.com or by calling 800-854-4705. Admission for adults is $22 in advance, $25 at the gate; students pay $13 in advance, $15 at the gate; and admission is free for children 6 and younger. Gates open at 3 p.m. May 25 on the performance field at Hartwood Acres, Middle Road, Hampton. On-site parking is $8 in advance.
Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Hampton students step up, provide artwork for educator’s new book
- La Roche College begins offering women’s lacrosse
- Model-making McCandless resident runs a tight ship
- Kiss a pig contest to benefit The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania
- Longtime Shaler board member decides to retire
- Hampton considers revised rules for off-road vehicles
- Former Steeler Hoge discusses concussions with North Hills student-athletes
- ‘Pippin’ presents challenge to Pine-Richland students
- Champion NA swimmer credits time spent at Olympic Training Center