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Old April 15th, 2017, 06:43 AM #1
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Mid-Atlantic Fireworks Festival - April 22, 2017

The Mid Atlantic Fireworks Festival is scheduled for this coming Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Hopefully Dirichlet will be along to give some insider info this year, but until then, here are some links for further details.

Official site:
http://www.maff.ws/

Past MDS threads with lots of info/photos:
https://www.mdshooters.com/showthread.php?t=191158
https://www.mdshooters.com/showthread.php?t=171136
https://www.mdshooters.com/showthread.php?t=143637
https://www.mdshooters.com/showthread.php?t=111074
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Old April 17th, 2017, 10:48 AM #2
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My apologies for not posting anything prior.
I have a new baby at home, was in a wedding two weeks ago, and just returned two days ago from a 10-day sailing trip in the BVIs. Oh, and I've squeezed some work in there as well.
I won't be attending this year's MAFF as it falls on my wife's birthday. She lets me get away with a lot... but that would be pushing my luck a little bit too far.

As posted above, MAFF is on the 22nd at Allen's Fresh Farm.

Currently there are six shows slated for the evening. The final show, choreographed by the event's founder (Tim J.), will be dedicated to Nancy Wolfe. Nancy, one of the property owners, passed away a little over a month ago. She was a kind-hearted and soft-spoken woman who was also our biggest fan. Without her help and the use of her farm, MAFF would not be what it is today.

Time line:
5pm: Gates open to public
7pm (ish): shows start, probably with "open" shooting (i.e. non-choreographed fireworks shot by the pyrotechnicians for their own enjoyment or research)
10pm: final show ends

The Wicomico Valley Foundation asks for a $10.00/vehicle donation. Donations will be split among the Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad & Fire Department and other local charities. Please keep in mind that MAFF wouldn't be there without the support of the local Grange and the Newburg VRSFD. Please show your support.

The links posted by CroftonBilly provide useful information with regard to parking and viewing. Please take the time to go through them.

Cheers, and enjoy the shows!
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We (the family) are planning to attend this year.
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Will be there with family. Hope the weather cooperates!
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MAFF puts on a great show my family been almost every year but missed last year it was to cold, this year should be good weather 60's light winds.
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I'll be taking my son again. Loved it last year which was our first time attending.
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Did it go off rain or shine? Looking like a decent rain chance for Saturday evening.

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As long as the weather holds out, I plan on going.
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Did it go off rain or shine? Looking like a decent rain chance for Saturday evening.

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Good question. The weather is not looking promising for this event. I don't want to drive all the way up there if it is going to be cancelled due to rain.
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As of right now, there's a "chance" of rain on Saturday night, increasing the later it gets.
From my experience, unless the rain is strong and persistent the shows won't be affected. Everything will be set up and ready to go long in advance, and precautions can be taken against the moisture where necessary. Also (to my knowledge) there is no rain date, meaning the entire shows would need to be pulled, broken down, and re-entered to the magazines if the show gets cancelled (not a small task). So, there's an impetus to put the pyro in the air if at all possible.
Can I guarantee the weather? Of course not. But, I'd make the trip if I could.
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I've not been to this yet. Are spectators sitting out in a field? Recommendations of what to bring to watch the show? Any recommendations what to bring for threat of rain?

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I've not been to this yet. Are spectators sitting out in a field? Recommendations of what to bring to watch the show? Any recommendations what to bring for threat of rain?
There is a viewing area that is front & center that is for chairs/blankets only - no vehicles allowed. That being said, if you arrive early enough, you can park directly behind that seating area and view from inside your vehicle. All of the parking/seating areas are short (mowed) grassy field.
It's up to you what to bring. Some bring full on tailgate-type setups, some bring just a foldable lawn chair.
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There is a viewing area that is front & center that is for chairs/blankets only - no vehicles allowed. That being said, if you arrive early enough, you can park directly behind that seating area and view from inside your vehicle. All of the parking/seating areas are short (mowed) grassy field.
It's up to you what to bring. Some bring full on tailgate-type setups, some bring just a foldable lawn chair.
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Their Facebook page said that they were going to do everything possible to keep the show going tonight, but, to check for updates.

They had a rain date for tomorrow but it's supposed to be worse tomorrow.
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Direct bookface link.

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We backed out. Wife and kids just weren't excited about going in the rain.

Anybody here go? How was it?
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Good show all around. Rained during the whole drive down, but was basically dry during the fireworks spectaculars. Thanks a lot to the land owners, Fire Departments, & fireworks teams for another great experience!
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We backed out also due to the rain. I was more worried about driving in the corn field that the rain would have made it a mud pit for the cars. I really hated to miss it. Hopefully next year the weather will be better.

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