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Posted October 31, 2012 | comments 3 Comments

Middletown: Fireworks festival set for weekend

By Sally Voth

Expect fireworks - not political ones this time - in Middletown this weekend.

The Mid-Atlantic Fireworks Festival is coming for its semi-annual show, Mayor Charles Harbaugh IV said.

The show will be in town trying out fireworks from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights in the town park, he said. About 50 industry employees will be attending the conference.

Harbaugh said there are only two such trade shows on the East Coast, with the other one happening in the spring in Maryland. Middletown is trying to get the convention every fall, he said.

"We get our fireworks from one of the companies that's participating in this event," Harbaugh said. "We're trying to petition to keep it. It's a great community event. It's free to the public. The town doesn't pay for anything.

"In fact, it benefits the town a lot. They're staying in our hotels, eating in our restaurants. They're providing a pretty cool benefit to the town. It's a chance for our citizens to get to see products that haven't been shot before. They're testing new products, trying new combinations of things."

The mayor said about 25 vendors would be coming to southern Frederick County from all over the East Coast.

"They send vendors up here to shoot new stuff, to try and test what will be popular for the next year's shows that towns have, and cities [have], that organizations have," he said.

Harbaugh said Saturday's event would also feature music.

According to the M.A.F.F. website, the 4-year-old festival is a way to let fireworks fans safely and legally indulge their pastime and entertain spectators.

"M.A.F.F. provides a venue for enthusiasts to ply their trade under the supervision of licensed fireworks professionals while at the same time providing our spectators a show they are not likely to see anywhere else outside of a PGI convention or a club shoot," the site states.

According to the website, the show may feature consumer and display fireworks displays "and hopefully a pyro-musical or two."

Contact staff writer Sally Voth at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or svoth@nvdaily.com


    Went to see the show Saturday night it was excellent stayed in the car with the heat running and watched one of the best fireworks shows I have ever seen. The music and announcing could be heard inside the car. They had one technical difficulty with a wire that made the show run a little long, however I think they got the show over in plenty of time for the neighbors to relax in a little peace and quiet on their Saturday evening.

    If they decide to come back I will be there and hoping for a little warmer weather. Thanks to all the people who worked real hard and allowed us to enjoy the fruits of their labor for free.

    My husband and I wants to say kudos to he Mayor of Middletown. I have seen fireworks displays In New York, Honolulu and in Sydney, Australia and what we got to experience on Saturday night in Middletown far exceded any that I have seen any where. A great display to say the least. Look forward to seeing them again. One of the best displays ever.

    On behalf of the NLPC and MAFF, thanks to the town of Middletown for hosting us. We had a great time... and hope we weren't too loud (wait a minute, there's no such thing as too loud).

    Our usual videographers were both unable to attend due to the storm up north, so if you have any videos or photos of the event, we'd love to see them. You can email links to: webmaster@maff.ws


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