BOOM over the country singer's concert
After a nightâ€™s stay at the Comfort Inn, we were up bright and early to be on-site. The racks had already been built, and it was time to load shells.
Three years ago, this set up was on a very nice, manicured lawn. Last year they had started turning the area into a wetlands. This year, the bugs and weeds were crazy! Bug-spray certainly helped but I still ended up with a couple bites. There were also reports of poison ivy in the weeds. Thankfully, I donâ€™t think any of us got it.
This was a pretty uneventful day, which is a GOOD thing in this business.
Set up went smoothly. Our only nail-biting moments were that when we kept hearing reports of this massive, damaging storm that was coming through. My husband called at one point and said it was moving through back home and it was in fact pretty nasty. So we hustled, squibbed, loaded, and covered quickly. After we were finished, we did get some rain, but it was generally pretty light and wasnâ€™t a huge deal. The best part of the rain was that Mom and I went back to the hotel to snooze a bit. Soon, we get a call from Dad saying the rain was over and it was time to head back to the site. PROBLEM â€“ Dad dropped us off (the hotel was about 10 miles on a major highway from the site) and no one could come get us. This is where the Akron Taxi service came in! $17 later (including tip) we were back on site.
skydiver with flag
Jon (head guy for this show) had arranged for some smaller fireworks to go off during the final song of a country western performer from Chicago that was performing at the festival (called the Freedom Fest).
That went extremely well and the audience loved it.
but it's okay to shoot fireworks...
While the festival seemed a little smaller this year, it was still a very nice festival. Skydivers landed and there was nice musical entertainment along with vendors.
Due to the rain earlier and having to delay events, the fireworks that were supposed to go off at 10:15 ended up being fired at 10:45. There was some scheduling confusion because of all the delays, but the show went up beautifully. The audience cheered loudly when it was over. I really enjoy Greenâ€™s show, itâ€™s always an impressive display.
*UGH!* Clean-up time is my least favorite.
I simply canâ€™t lift the big, heavy racks so I feel a little useless at times. My job is to unhook wires, pull nails, and pick up the millions of pieces of trash that get scattered hundreds of square feet all over the site and fall-out area. Of course, this all happens at night after the show so itâ€™s chilly, dew has set in on the expired sulfur gunpowder-dust, turning it into this delightful black paste that gets all over everything and burns the skin. The earlier rain made much of our firing site into marsh and I completely ruined my favorite pair of Nike trainers. Working for hours in soaking wet shoes is gross and miserable. I was back at the Comfort Inn and in bed at 3:30 a.m.
My bike has been nicknamed "Potty One" because it's our only transportation to the potty and back.
Again, my apologies for lack of many pictures, itâ€™s just really not practical to bring a camera on-site. Iâ€™m really way too busy to take many pictures. I tried to catch highlights. Iâ€™ll try to take more this coming weekend.