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Fireworks competition coming to the Sault... but not this year

Organizers, however, will be firing a test shot from Whitefish Island February 23
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Get your cameras ready! Fireworks.International is set to fire a test shot on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. from Whitefish Island. This being the first step in an effort to bring an International Fireworks Competition to Sault Ste. Marie.

The test shot will consist of one large shell, flanked by some medium shells with comets lifting from the bottom of all seven of our shooting positions. Pyromusicals need a wide position for the fireworks to follow the beats of the music across the sky. During the winter, the edge of the island gives us a perfect wide site. Being one shot, the test shot will be designed more for a picture than to follow music. It will be counted down live, on air, by Rock 101 so the audience with still get the look and feel of the audio/visual synchronization.

“This year we just weren't able to raise the funds in time for a full show. An ambitious timeline got even shorter with the holiday, not to mention, no real surplus in the economy,” Mark Varrin said. “It was only in November that we saw the opportunity to catch the back to back champs Team Finland returning from presenting their entry at the 10th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition in Manila. We have a good start for next year. With this test shot, you will have a better idea of what you are in for.”

To help capture the moment Fireworks.International has also set a photo contest. Winning photos will be on display at the Station Mall. The contest will be free and open to amateurs and professionals. Official rules, submission deadlines and prizes will be on our website Feb. 20. 2019. Companies that register a prize get to award it to their favourite submission. Courtesy of JL Printing, sponsors will get a copy of that photo to hang on their wall. is a not-for-profit community action group dedicated to bringing the world together to show what can happen when we all work as a team. For more information, visit or call Mark Varrin at 705-975-4201.