Western Winter Blast 2019, Lake Havasu City, AZ

February 11th - 18th

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After attending the Fiberglass Gathering at Dome Rock, Quartzsite, AZ with 200 or so small fiberglass trailers, a group of us headed to Lake Havasu City and the 30th Western Winter Blast. This is a fireworks demonstration & show at the SARA Park Rodeo Grounds. While there are a number of ways to attend the "Blast", I chose, like last year, to haul my trailer and camp on the rodeo grounds. The cost is a donation to the park of $100.00 for the week for a dry campsite that is a piece of the parking lot. Meals are available for most nights at $10.00. There are bathrooms & showers, fresh water fill stations, but no dump station. There is a pump out service available. No one is here for the camping, but the fireworks are wonderful.

Thursday was pretty much rained out. They still fired off the fireworks, but I didn't get too many photos, and those are full of "wiggles" since I had to hand hold the camera to keep the rain off the lens between shots.

Thursday, February 14th

Many of the images are of single bursts rather than a "show". Manufacturers and individuals use the show to demo their products & designs for most of the event, with "shows" as only part of the program. The first "show" was on Friday. They started well before dark, with what looked like an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest continual run of a fireworks column. At the lower right of some of the images you can see a white column that ran for over 40 minutes. No idea of how they did it... As it darkened, the air bursts became more visible. Between 7:30 and 8:30 a excellent show was displayed, while the remainder of the evening was demos, mostly single bursts.

Since I have over 100 images of Friday's fireworks, I linked to a Lightroom generated page, making it a bit easier to assemble, and easier to page through. Use the link below:

Friday , February 15th

They started Saturday's "Blasts" long before dark, so I ended up with some interesting "daylight fireworks" images.

Saturday , February 16th


Another early start so more daylight "blasts". There were some interesting "face" shells - check the last two images below. The "Member Showcase" was scheduled between 7:30 & 8:30. As of 8:20, it hadn't started, but the rain did. I headed back to the trailer, and, of course, as soon as I got there, the show started. I took a few wiggly photos standing in the rain outside the trailer. Overall, not as many photos as the last two nights, but some interesting stuff.

Sunday, February 17th

I've already registered for next year at the fireworks site.

While I have seen & photographed some excellent fireworks at my hometown's Harborfest Festival put on by Fireworks by Grucci, I've seen some very different and innovative shells at this program.

Here are the links to the pages I put together for each night:

Friday, February 15th
Saturday , February 16th
Sunday, February 17th

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