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Old March 14th, 2018, 11:53 AM #1
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2018 Mid-Atlantic Fireworks Festival (April 21)

Here we go again!

It's hard for me to believe, but this is the 10th MAFF!!!
It all started with about 12 of us messing about in a field in Hughesville. Over the past decade it has has grown into an event with a few thousand spectators getting to watch some of the top pyrotechnicians from around the country put up amazing fireworks displays.

This year will be no different.
-There are six major displays, all computer-fired and choreographed to music. I, along with two other founding members of MAFF, are doing the closing display!
-There is a *special* display in the works. If you were there in 2012, you might have an idea (1, 10, 100, 1000)... but all I'll say is that it should be VERY loud.
-Between the displays we will again be firing large specialty (i.e. expensive) shells that you normally wouldn't get to see in a town or city display. If it can be arranged, we may invite members of the public to push the buttons to fire those shells.

MAFF will be at the usual location - 10705 Allens Fresh Rd, Charlotte Hall, MD

Gates will open to the public around 4:30-5:00pm with fireworks starting around 7:30 if we have good weather we expect a fairly large turnout, so getting there early might be a good idea. The hosts will be asking for a $10 donation per vehicle. Half of that donation goes to cover their costs for port-a-pottys, cleanup expenses, road and field maintenance, etc., with the other half split between the local volunteer fire department (who are on-site during the displays) and the local food bank.

I would very strongly suggest hearing protection for children and for adults as well. It gets loud... very loud!
Charcoal grills and open fires are not allowed. Propane grills are acceptable.
As this is a family-friendly event, if you chose to bring "adult" beverages please act responsibly and please keep them discrete (e.g. in a solo cup).
It's very kind of the land owners to allow us to use their property for this event. We want to respect their wishes, be kind to their facilities, and hopefully be welcomed back for many years to come.

Here's a trailer for this year's event - note that all of the video in this trailer was shot at previous MAFF events:
https://youtu.be/NDEVl8nrrLQ

Let's keep our fingers crossed for good weather!

I'm happy to help answer any questions you may have
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Old March 14th, 2018, 12:09 PM #2
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This sounds pretty damn cool. I may try and make it down.
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Yes!!!!!!!!!!!

We will definitely be there And am very much looking forward to the 'special' display!!!!! But, also any appearance of another Mass Crackle would be friggin awesome too!! That was the best thing I have ever seen.

For anyone even considering this event... Just Go!!!
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That's awesome. Dirichlet, do you want a bigger turnout, or is this something you try to keep reasonable? If you want a crowd, you should add it to the Maryland Tourism calendar. It's free, and they help promote. If you're interested, PM me and I'll send you deets.

I'm going to try and bring my boys!
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One of the few things I miss about Maryland, Mid-Atlantic Fireworks Festival always worth going.
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I'm going to try and bring the family in again for this. it is always worth the drive.
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We're just a little over three weeks away from MAFF 2018.
My crew an I have already scripted our show and are beginning to work on the physical production aspect of the display. Our show will be the final display of the evening - I don't think it will disappoint!

Again, I hope some (or many) of you can make it. Please feel free to contact me or post here if you have any questions.
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I'll be there again!!!! Looking forward to it!!!
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Me too. Always a great show. Thanks
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