Traverse City, Mich. — Tickets will soon be on sale for the first-ever International Fireworks Championship to be held September 9th at Turtle Creek Stadium in Traverse City.
The Championship will include four world-class shows with teams from the US, Mexico, Spain and Germany who have qualified by wining similar competitive events. The Championship is believed to be one of the first of its kind in the US, building on similar fireworks competitions that are wildly popular in places like Europe, the UK, Canada, and Mexico. The competitors create unique fireworks displays with musical accompaniment, which will be formally judged.
“This promises a fireworks event like no other,” said Mickey Graham, Director of Events at Traverse City Tourism
. “There are bright colors, bold designs and fun concepts. I recently watched a competition in Spain and the show was the pride of the entire community.”
Details of the fireworks championship are still in the planning stages, but Graham said it would be a family-friendly event with entertainment leading up to the competition at nightfall. The invited competitors must qualify by participating and winning other competitions. Each show will be synchronized to music, and competitors will follow specific guidelines that will challenge their creativity and artistic abilities. The public will have the final say on the winner of the competition.
“The International Fireworks Championship will be unlike anything this area has seen,” said Traverse City Tourism President, Trevor Tkach (Tah-koch). “The competition is tough. It’s taking typical Fourth of July fireworks and adds elements of artistry to a competitive challenge – this will bring new meaning to live entertainment in northern Michigan. It gives people another great reason to come to Traverse City.”
Only a handful of Fireworks Competitions are held in the US, with the closest being staged in Missouri. The competition will be a ticketed event. Details will be announced when they are finalized.