Florida Pyrotechnic Arts Guild

Presents

The Florida Fall Fireworks Festival 2017 - 25th Anniversary Show


Florida Pyrotechnic Arts Guild (FPAG) members are hobbyist and professional pyrotechnicians. Painting the sky with fire is our passion. We specialize in spectacular effects too labor-intensive to be mass produced.

2017 is FPAG's 25th Anniversary. Our "Florida Fall Fireworks Festival" (aka “4F”) is understandably special. The Saturday night grand display will be hand-built and internationally-influenced. It will include ground and aerial effects originating from places as far-flung as Spain, Malta, Mexico, and the Orient.

The festival will be 2nd through 5th November 2017 at L-Cross Extreme Events

The address is 26532 East State Road 78, Okeechobee, FL 34974, which is approximately 12.5 miles southwest of Okeechobee. Note that this address may not give the correct entry road for the event. Please use these following coordinates for the correct locations

Front gate: N27.08837 W80.96325. Event-Site: N27.10607 W80.96787.

There is an Early-Bird discount for paid Registration Forms received by 15 September 2017. As is our tradition, PGI members and their guests are welcome. NOTE THAT ONLY FPAG MEMBERS, PGI MEMBERS, AND THEIR INVITED GUESTS MAY ATTEND. If you are not a member of either PGI or FPAG and wish to attend, you must join FPAG no later than the October 2017 FPAG meeting. FPAG typically does not accept new members during festivals.

Include check or Money Order with mailed registration. FPAG is unable to accept credit card transactions via web or phone.

Please direct general questions regarding the 4F festival to the FPAG mailing list. If you are not an FPAG member, please direct questions to 25th@fpag.org.


If you would like to receive information and updates on our up upcoming 25th Anniversary Show, subscribe to our Anniversary Show Mailing List here. This list will not be shared, and will be deleted after the event.

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CONSUMPTION:

There are ample restaurants in Okeechobee only twenty minutes away. We’re still negotiating with various vendors for on-site food and will post details here as soon as settled.

CAMPING:

Camping is "primitive" and, for our anniversary, there is no charge. The primary L-Cross business is cattle so has large expanses of grazing land sparsely populated with Cabbage Palm trees.

There will be no power available. There will also be a "quiet" camping area where generators are not allowed.

Portalets will be conveniently distributed throughout the site.

There will be two dress/shower stalls with on-demand heated water from a shallow well. The water is refreshing, but has a mild sulfur smell (but who in this group doesn't like a sulfur smell :-).

Potable water for drinking and cooking is trucked in and available on-site.

Like most of “the big sandbar”, it is very flat. Since there are few to no trees, it can be breezy.

Please direct questions regarding camping to the FPAG mailing list. If you are not an FPAG member, please direct questions to camp4F17@fpag.org.

LODGING:

The nearest airline destination is PBI (Palm Beach International).

The hotels in Okeechobee have a history of raising rates during events so don't tell them why you're coming. Here's a list of hotels by distance from the site.

  • Pier II Resort - 863-763-8003 - 2200 US Highway 441 SE, Okeechobee 34974
  • Holiday Inn Express - 863-357-3529 - 3101 US Hwy. 441 S, Okeechobee 34974
  • Scottish Inn - 863-763-3293 - 3190 US Highway 441 S, Okeechobee 34974
  • Travel Lodge - 863-824-3431 - 1527 US Highway 441 Southeast, Okeechobee 34974
  • Angler's Villa - 863-763-5000 - 3033 SE 29th Ln, Okeechobee, FL
  • Budget Inn - 863-763-3185 - 201 S Parrott Ave, Okeechobee 34974
  • Hampton Inn - 863-824-0003 - 1200 Northeast Park Street, Okeechobee 34974
  • Economy Inn - 863-763-1148 - 507 N Parrott Ave, Okeechobee 34974

SCHEDULE:

Monday 10/30 through Wednesday 11/1

  • Site becomes available and camping begins.

  • Absolutely no arrivals prior to Monday 10/30.

  • Arrivals prior to Thursday 11/2 should expect to be pressed into service for site layout, material handling, infrastructure buildout, building shells, building set-pieces, etc.

Thursday 11/2

  • 9:00am-7:00pm Event registration
  • 8:00am-noon Setup (ranges, magazines, guns, etc.…)
  • 8:00am-5:00pm Seminars (subscribe to the mailing list for upcoming details)
  • noon-4:00pm Show build-out
  • 4:00pm-9:00pm Open shooting, “B” and “C”
  • 9:00pm Fireworks!
  • 10:00pm-? Open shooting, “B” and “C”

Friday 11/3

  • 9:00am-7:00pm Event registration
  • 8:00am-5:00pm Seminars (subscribe to the mailing list for upcoming details)
  • 10:00am-noon Competition registration
  • 4:00pm-7:00pm Open shooting, “B” and “C”
  • 7:00pm-8:00pm Range preparation for competition
  • 8:00pm-9:00pm Competition
  • 9:00pm Fireworks!
  • 10:00pm-? Open shooting, “B” and “C”

Saturday 11/4

  • 8:00am-noon Event Registration
  • 8:00am-8:00pm Final display preparations
  • 8:00am-noon Seminars (subscribe to the mailing list for upcoming details)
  • 4:00pm-7:00pm Open “C” shooting
  • 9:00pm Grand Display
  • 10:00pm-? Open shooting, “B” and “C”

Sunday 11/5 through Monday 11/6

  • Tear down, Pack-up, clean-up

COMPETITION:

Due to the breadth of the anniversary show, we're reducing the scope of competition for this event. Both FPAG and PGI members can compete in the "4 by 4" and "4 by 8" competitions. Only FPAG members are eligible to compete in the novice shell competition. We will be awarding four trophies throughout the week for the best Guild-made pyrotechnics. The competition rules are available here.

VENDING:

Consumer (1.4g) pyrotechnics may only be vended by members that were current as of March, 2017. Vendors of other products/services (1.3g, chemicals, tools, apparel, etc.) are most welcome. FPAG cannot offer facilities so does not charge for vending at 4F17. There is a local company from whom we are renting some tents that we can recommend.

Please direct questions regarding vending to the FPAG mailing list. If you are not an FPAG member, please direct questions to vend4F17@fpag.org.