I was the master of buttons!

Upper Sandusky Travel Blog

 › entry 14 of 18 › view all entries
KABOOM! After seeing this picture, are you SURE you still want to hand-light a show?

I GOT TO PUSH BUTTONS!  I GOT TO PUSH BUTTONS!  For the first time, I sent the electronic part of the show up!  Mom brought her digital camera and got some really sweet pictures.  As soon as she gets them to her computer and sent to me, I'll post them.  I'm SO EXCITED!  WOOHOO!  (Adrenaline is still pumping!)

I've had a lot of people tell me they'd like to get into doing this sort of thing.  I'd like to give them some inside info.  If you're still reading this exceptionally long blog, you might be one of them.

1. It's back-breaking work.  It's nothing to put in 18 hour days setting up shows.  Some shows (like Portage Lake) take multiple days.

Me and my buttons at the control board.
  Cleaning up a show at 2 a.m. in the dark after a hard day of work is NOT fun, only to get up the very next morning at 5:30 a.m. and do it all again.

2. You don't get to watch your show.  There's SO MUCH going on during the firing that you don't have the luxury of looking up.  If you're not pushing buttons, you are hand lighting, putting out fires, or rescuing mods that have pulled out... etc...  There's no sitting back to enjoy the fruits of your labor.  So if you like watching fireworks, this may not be for you.

Okay, why do I do it?  Well, why we all work, extra money.  It is satisfying beyond words to hear people honk and cheer after the finale.  The compliments you get also make it all worth while.

To get started doing what I do, go to a local fireworks show and ask the group in charge which company they bought the fireworks from.  Call that company and tell them you are interested in being an exhibitor's assistant.  They should be able to set you up with an exhibitor that needs an extra hand on his/her crew!

I just found out that I have to go BACK to the headquarters in New Castle tomorrow to return the truck and racks.  *sigh*  One more day...

WaltJake says:
I agree, great blog! Interesting to read about fireworks shows from an insiders perspective.
Posted on: Jul 09, 2007
X_Drive says:
Sounds like lots of work but a great payoff for you. I loved reading the entire thing, good, bad, and your excitement! Great stuff! :)
Posted on: Jul 08, 2007
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
KABOOM!  After seeing this picture…
KABOOM! After seeing this pictur…
Me and my buttons at the control b…
Me and my buttons at the control …
8 inch mortars.  Keep in mind 80% …
8 inch mortars. Keep in mind 80%…
Me checking to make sure all is we…
Me checking to make sure all is w…
A small show, but it rocked none t…
A small show, but it rocked none …
Okay, this is a 5 shell.  The big…
Okay, this is a 5" shell. The bi…
There goes a cake.  I pushed the b…
There goes a cake. I pushed the …
Another dorky picture of me (can y…
Another dorky picture of me (can …
The fire goes up...
The fire goes up...
Very pretty!
Very pretty!
Aaron ducks while waiting for it t…
Aaron ducks while waiting for it …
Aaron lites the fuze.
Aaron lites the fuze.
Upper Sandusky
photo by: PhinsAndGills