Welcome to The Pyrotechnic ArtistsΒ of Texas!

The purpose of the Pyrotechnic Artists of Texas, otherwise known as PAT, shall be to promote and encourage safe, legal and artful pyrotechnic design, construction, operation and enjoyment in Texas through training, demonstration and exchange of information.

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PAT stickers for John White, anyone else wanting to buy stickers to pick up at PyroFest?

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I’ll take some

Need 3

Also can we have 4 wheeler or gator at fall pyrofest?

I want 10

Hey Nick, I'll take some... how much for the sheet that's in the picture?

Sjon Sorensen will take 2.

Need 3

Need 3. Can you make smaller than 4"

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Ill be working hard building for this!

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Ken Purcell
DALLβ€’E version of a Fireant wearing a cowboy hat.

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Here is the midjourney ai making a red ant riding a rocket.

other cartoon red ants.

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Here is the video of the MUM and PAT built on site display.
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Those were some awesome shell builders! I think it was the TEXAS guys who nailed it!

PGI - MUM Member Built Display (over 500 shells, mines, & comets, and 500 salutes, built in a week long PGI class by mostly beginners, field work by the same crew) Script by MUM's Hailey Miller, Salute Build Lead by Ross Dusenbury, Cobra prep. & Command Center by Matt Schoen, Field Lead by JJ.

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Pyrotechnic Artists of Texas (PAT)
Part of the PAT crew stopping at The Dinky Diner on the way back to TEXAS!

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I know you guys!

That place was hilarious πŸ˜‚! Food OK, the 4 country kids putting on an Abbot and Costello routine priceless.

Hope yall had a safe ride home. Miss yall already. #fireantforlife

Goodbye PGI 2022. It was an amazing event this year and PAT made the largest splash out here. From Grand Master Chris Roth to 75lb salute outlaw NY Matt. USG doing JPA to PAT and Mum Pyro teaming up for a 100% hand built on site main display Friday night. By the end of the week we not only had the crowd screaming TEXAS!!! Even the announcers were screaming it on the PA System. Thanks for everything PAT members we should all be proud of this, we all had a part even if you couldn’t make the convention. We did you proud.

Goodbye PGI 2022. It was an amazing event this year and PAT made the largest splash out here. From Grand Master Chris Roth to 75lb salute outlaw NY Matt. USG doing JPA to PAT and Mum Pyro teaming up for a 100% hand built on site main display Friday night. By the end of the week we not only had the crowd screaming TEXAS!!! Even the announcers were screaming it on the PA System. Thanks for everything PAT members we should all be proud of this, we all had a part even if you couldn’t make the convention. We did you proud. ... See MoreSee Less

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I’m really glad that y’all had some Texas-sized good times. 🀠

Hopefully they can get a pgi event more towards east coast so I can make it. Congratulations.

Way to go TEXAS

you got a big salami

Wow! So cool, we plan on our team to attend next year!

TEXAS!!

Everything bigger in Texas

Omgggggg

That looks light πŸ˜‰

Great week

Atta way Texas!!!πŸ’™

JJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

🀘🀘🀘

From NY to TEXAS BABY 🀘🀘🀘

sweet shell

Sweet picture. What was in the shell?

I was looking up the website and was trying to find a location of the con, anyone have a link or information for next year?!?

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Congrats to the new PGI Grand Master Chris Roth! TEXAS!!!Image attachmentImage attachment

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Congrats Chris .

Chris, you’re absolutely brilliant! Congratulations!!!!

Thank you Chris for letting the world know not only is everything bigger in Texas but it is also Better in Texas!

Congratulations!!! TEXAS!! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡²πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡πŸ”₯

Congrats to Matt for beating his Dad in both categories he entered too!!πŸŽ‰πŸ₯°

So awesome... Congratulations Chris!!! I can't wait to meet up with you and build some shells in the near future!!

Yay! Congrats Chris! πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸ’₯

Congratulations

So awesome!!

Excellent!!!

Good job, Chris!

Awesome!!!!

Nice!!

Congratulations!

Congratulations. Chris!

That is so wonderful. Congrats.

Fantastic work, Chris!

Great news Chris Congratulations

Way to go, Chris & Matt!!!

Congratulations Chris!!

Congrats! Beautiful shells sir.

And it began way back when with a 4th of July fireworks show on the beach in Waveland, MS. Congrats Chris and Matt.

πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Chris Roth. You are the man

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Rick De La Ossa

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Nick and Ross pressing some rockets.Image attachment

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What brand is that press?

Pyro Tower at PGI!

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See you soon!

TEXAS!

πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£

USA, USA, USA!

Dueling banjos sounds like fun!

On the road already

PGI SiteMap

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To all the PAT members excited and thinking about PGI, here is a video from the past. To all my PAT builders, here is a challenge for future PYROFEST!!!

See you all at Fall PyroFest Sept. 22-25 2022. fb.me/e/5JSDHSiGR

www.youtube.com/watch?v=srVF1aDr6Xs&ab_channel=jred23pyro
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Wow that was so awesome

Man I wish I could go!

Let's make it happen 😍😍😍🀘🀘🀘

Im in

Don't think we're going to be able to go to SkyWars. So I can contribute on strobes. And necualr rockets.

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The difference between knowledge and experience.
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PAT PGI Shirts, If you want one put your size in below. $20 each cash at PGI or Fall PyroFest. Order cut off Monday 7-18-22

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For those not in the know, PAT members are well known at other events for screaming TEXAS!!! at the top of their lungs. In fact, there are numerous PGI, Sky Wars and other pyro videos you can hear the chant randomly in. So we are commemorating this with the Screaming Marmot Meme on a shirt.

3xl

Smeade Junior also wants a 3XL any other sizes?

One Small or Extra small, one XL

3XL

3 4xl for me!

Raymond J Clark Nemo Boss Harley Johnson Ross Dusenbury StreetPyro Fireworks Kevin White Derrick Miller

1 medium

Also a 4xl

Shouldn't he be yelling "SEND IT"?

I’d take some, but won’t be back in DFW until October.

Ken Purcell

(1) Large (1) Medium Thank you

If we get over 24 ordered, I'll add "Send It" on the Back of the shirt.

Katie Gromlovits

One XL for me!

I’ll take one extra large and one medium

Two 3XL’s at next Fall Pyrofest, please! And if you order larger sizes, one 4X for jammies, too! 😊. Glenn Ingram

1 small and 1 2xl please! Pick up in fall

Two xl shirts, 2 sm shirts. been warming up for months lol

2xl

One XL

2xl

2-XL for Carol and Eddie H. - JJ paying

1-XL for JJ

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PGI 2022 RV Camping Map

Some PAT Members will be in the light green BugEaters Compound.  Nick & friends will be in the pink MUMPYRO Compound.  And most everyday well be grilling about 6:00pm at the Ground Salute line.  Stop by and say howdy!

PGI 2022 RV Camping Map

Some PAT Members will be in the light green "BugEaters" Compound. Nick & friends will be in the pink "MUMPYRO" Compound. And most everyday we'll be grilling about 6:00pm at the Ground Salute line. Stop by and say howdy!
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Is the bug eater location within aqua velva stumbling distance from the stands? Asking for a friend.

Can't wait. 🀘🀘🀘

Wish we could, but we had to cancel the trip this year. We won’t be recouped by then from the season and taking time off work. Maybe next year!

Nemo Boss thanks for the post! You Rock! Jeremy Jandreau not sure about the Aqua Velva, but it is were Christopher Harrison saw a ghost last yearπŸ˜‚πŸ€£ Richard Holden Can't believe your skipping out. You should be flush in all that Pyro Money now that you got the first season under your belt. 😝 Never heard how that city shoot went for you? I still want to see pics.

Look for it! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£

Bourbon party?

Bobbie Neubert used to be a PAT member long ago. And Marc Walker is honorary PAT member. Do not know about Ray.

We're heading North baby! Let 'em know where we're from, TEXAS!!!

I'm with NLP somehow lol

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Congrats on the July 4th Season.

Looks like No PAT Members made the news for Fires!
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Magnolia FD was onsite and didn’t even get to do anything. Here’s to that trend continuing! Cheers!

Did you expect them to not be responsible?

Hey, some of us should get a round of applause for practicing good judgment and self restraint!! At least that’s what I keep telling myself…

Does triggering PTSD in war veterans count?

This display was not shot by PAT Members, but there were plenty of fires caused by fireworks in Texas this Season, this was a big show that got canceled by grass fires: www.fortworthtexas.gov/news/2022/7/fort-worth-fourth-fireworks-cancellation

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Instructions for Signup for MUM Shell Building & Display Building Events at PGI. These classes will sell out, be sure to have your e-mail(s) ready to send on July 16th at 6:00pm CT.

How to register?
Send the following information to mumpyro@gmail.com
STARTING AT 6:00 pm Central Time - Saturday, July 16, 2022. Any registration emails prior to that time will be ignored.
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Spider Draves - RIP

Spider was good friends with many PAT Members and he attended quite a few PAT Events. He will be sorely missed. - JJ

www.goethalswells.com/obituary/HaroldSpider-Draves?fbclid=IwAR0m2Sia0KqCoX6KpX5D7JvOm9xG6kUjxcssT...
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Well damn! I haven’t seen Spider'h Draves in a long time. He was a big fan of Texas BBQ. RIP sir!

We always had a πŸ’₯ blast when Spider visited. He is missed.

Crazy fireworks pic from Cobra Facebook page.

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Reminds me of the Atlas show that blew off the trailer outside of the Galleria mall. It’s a good thing that it didn’t blow underneath the overpass. 😳

Which power ranger do you think they summoned?

Ive been working hard in the background with Mum Pyro to help out with the Display Building Class and wanted you all to know. Big thanks to Derrick Miller and Mum Pyrotechnics for taking on this challenge again. Building ALL THE FIREWORKS for a PGI Display and then setting up that display at PGI is an amazing thing to be a part of! Also, big thanks to Matt Schoen and Nemo Boss for loaning the Firing System and helping with the class. Also, thanks to Harley Johnson, Kevin White, Carlos Bazemore, Nick Sainz, USG Pyrotechnics and the others helping put this on! This is the kind of thing that people remember. TEXAS!!!

I've been working hard in the background with Mum Pyro to help out with the Display Building Class and wanted you all to know. Big thanks to Derrick Miller and Mum Pyrotechnics for taking on this challenge again. Building ALL THE FIREWORKS for a PGI Display and then setting up that display at PGI is an amazing thing to be a part of! Also, big thanks to Matt Schoen and Nemo Boss for loaning the Firing System and helping with the class. Also, thanks to Harley Johnson, Kevin White, Carlos Bazemore, Nick Sainz, USG Pyrotechnics and the others helping put this on! This is the kind of thing that people remember. TEXAS!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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I want to personally thank PAT for their support in this. We're busy rolling stars and prepping all of the supplies to put on the class but having the support of another dedicated group of pyros from another state really makes a difference. We're hoping to make this an annual event at PGI for years to come. Knowing that Mum Pyrotechnics can rely on the skills and resources of another big group really helps push us in the direction we want to go.

I'll drop a thank you in here as well. From me personally and as the seminar chair. The idea of a member-built display and class speaks to the core of what the PGI attempts to do.

TEXAS! I'm bringing back the red glare rockets this year for the anthem. It's going to be a cool effect.

Terrific! Looking forward to your display.

When is this happening again?

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So, in 2018 I built my first 6# rockets with the help of Ross Dusenbury and Chris & Matt Roth. The most impressive rocket carrying a 15lbs Salute. Last Saturday, Chris & Matt finally tested one of these big rockets on the Acme Test Stand. After modeling the results, they were able to estimate that this rocket lifted the salute 275 ft.

Here is a link to a video of this rocket! Do you think it hit 275ft???
https://youtube.com/shorts/DPOnB4m8rms?feature=share

So, in 2018 I built my first 6# rockets with the help of Ross Dusenbury and Chris & Matt Roth. The most impressive rocket carrying a 15lbs Salute. Last Saturday, Chris & Matt finally tested one of these big rockets on the Acme Test Stand. After modeling the results, they were able to estimate that this rocket lifted the salute 275 ft.

Here is a link to a video of this rocket! Do you think it hit 275ft???
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302' πŸ™‚

Hell yes.

Wicked good

Good lord

Brainstorming for Fall PyroFest.

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A bunch of jumping jacks or ground blooms

Willow, crossettes, Hummers, whistle inserts to salutes to a bottom shot. Oh you said no salutes πŸ˜‚

brocade to gold crown. with red willow with screams

for several of us it was very interesting, the rocket press very impressive but for the simple pyro person maybe what we would use as in a arbor press like on the double voice crackers which was very very cool simple and a great effect

did like the black powder test, being that rolled rice hulls gave the best performance. Would like to see more of comparison between lift powder and burst charge. Maybe making BP with willow and 2 other woods for charcoal for comparison as well, and inserts for shells besides starts go getters or dragon eggs, did like that one effect in the show white sparks from what I would call a Sentinel from the Matrix the machine with the tail searching out as it came down it was randominly wiggling back and forth as if it was alive, that would be very cool to make depending on the metal powder that was used

or a rocket press using a harbor type 10 ton press and what modifications and what type of pressures to use

I started back in 1996 with a 12 ton A-Frame press from Harbor Freight. The small pump stroke sucked pressing anything taller than 4-5 inches. Even adding an air over hydraulic pump only marginally helped as then you needed an air compressor (heavy) and it burned through the CFMs (loud). A 2 ton arbor press would probably work for these small inserts but even then you are looking at something that weighs 85 lbs. Hammer time!

Whistles rockets to timed reports + bottom shot

Lunch delivery?

I am testing a 1lb sali whistle rocket with a 4inch header with 5 whistle to crackle with bottom crackle

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3 months ago
John King
More spring housecleaning turned up these pictures in an old file folder. 
In 2002 I made an 8 foot diameter fireworks effect for an event held by the Texas fireworks club - two counter rotating wheels surrounding the logo of the ranch which was hosting the event. The wheels rotated on the same axle in opposite directions spraying sparks from tubes mounted around the perimeter. The first tube burned with a reddish color from charcoal, when that tube was done it lit the next tube which burned titanium white.
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More spring housecleaning turned up these pictures in an old file folder.
In 2002 I made an 8 foot diameter fireworks effect for an event held by the Texas fireworks club - two counter rotating wheels surrounding the logo of the ranch which was hosting the event. The wheels rotated on the same axle in opposite directions spraying sparks from tubes mounted around the perimeter. The first tube burned with a reddish color from charcoal, when that tube was done it lit the next tube which burned titanium white.
I miss those days!
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Updates on PyroFest Planning...Still looking at property options would love to be around Waco, but we are very lucky to have the option of Jed Allsups paintball property as a northern option that would likely hold our event well. Thank you for your generosity. 

We are also still looking for a 1.4 display option as well, if your interested please reach out.

Thanks,
Nick Sainz

Updates on PyroFest Planning...Still looking at property options would love to be around Waco, but we are very lucky to have the option of Jed Allsup's paintball property as a northern option that would likely hold our event well. Thank you for your generosity.

We are also still looking for a 1.4 display option as well, if your interested please reach out.

Thanks,
Nick Sainz
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We have some promising leads down here near Houston, but nothing is firm yet, so...

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Expect to see more posts from members on the PAT page. I want to see more of what your doing in pyro. If you want to post jobs or where to find supplies, the Talk Forum is what that is for. Thanks, Nick talk.fireants.org/

Hey PAT members,

After the great success of Spring PyroFest, we found out that the Ranch we used last year for Fall Pyrofest has sold and is no longer an option for the group. So we are looking for new properties if you know anyone that can help. 

Here are the criteria we would like the site to have, but we will be flexible as needed.
* Size: 2300ft x 2300ft area for the display (this is minimum fallout for a 16” shell)
* Structures: A barn or other structure we can use for manufacturing and shade for members
* Location: South of DFW preferably between Houston and Austin.
* A land owner that loves Fireworks!

Hey PAT members,

After the great success of Spring PyroFest, we found out that the Ranch we used last year for Fall Pyrofest has sold and is no longer an option for the group. So we are looking for new properties if you know anyone that can help.

Here are the criteria we would like the site to have, but we will be flexible as needed.
* Size: 2300ft x 2300ft area for the display (this is minimum fallout for a 16” shell)
* Structures: A barn or other structure we can use for manufacturing and shade for members
* Location: South of DFW preferably between Houston and Austin.
* A land owner that loves Fireworks!
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Here is a map showing the spread of our membership, to help explain why we would like to be south of DFW.

Cousins Paintball Dallas has 275 acres in SE of DFW and would be very interested in hosting

Palacio Fireworks & Pyrotechnics we can also wholesale fireworks for anyone interested we have a huge staging area for everyone and 12 acres for a display

I will start asking around. I may know a spot.

Ashley Slocum it’s not going to be in the same place.

I think Jed’s place would be amazing. If you need another option, I have 100 acres in Long Branch Texas just south of Henderson in East Texas.

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Great show Grant!!!

#goals

Great show, great video, great drone shots

James Bud Thornton

So fun!!!

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If you have any PyroFest pictures or videos please share them with the club! Here is a link to our club dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/request/MS5AIcTAPFcNx83ajjyZ

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Tangentially relevant request, if I may hijack this post a bit... I have not been able to find any good footage of the fuel mine "puke" at the end of the Toxic display πŸ˜… hoping to release the edited show video in the next day or so, if anyone got a good shot of it that you'd be willing to share, let me know!

Ted Lundy

Nick give the CMFR guys a fun tour of PyroFest. Hope we can team up next year to bring the public back to PyroFest!

Nick give the CMFR guys a fun tour of PyroFest. Hope we can team up next year to bring the public back to PyroFest!In case you were wondering what all the loud explosions were, CMFR was fortunate to get a tour at Nelson's fireworks where they are doing Pyrofest. An event to properly train on the proper ways to not only build fireworks, but also the proper way to put on a show! Pictured is a 16 inch artillery shell which weighs about 60+ pounds! ... See MoreSee Less

We had a successful Pyrofest this weekend!  I’ve got a lot of thanks to give out, please don’t feel neglected if I fail to mention you specifically.  

First off, I thank all the attending Members, both old & new, for attending and being patient & supportive of our PAT Club. Without you, the Club doesn’t exist.  

Please all of us reach out to Nick Sainz, Club President, and thank him all his efforts over the last 6 years, growing the club with creative Facebook posts, answering thousands of questions via voice & email.  Setting up these Events and running the Club is incredibly time intensive.  Nick, deep thanks!

Please deeply thank our property hosts, Rex & Alex Nelson, and Nelson’s Fireworks General Manager Robin Eaton.  They and their team spent weeks preparing the site for Pyrofest, making room for us in their store & warehouse, cutting & trimming grass, assuring the site was awesomely ready for our visit. 

Also let’s thank Ken Purcell, Club webmaster, treasurer, and purchaser/slicer of lunch meats/cheese & puller of pork butts.)  Without Ken & Ms. White’s potato salad, you don’t get fed at Pyrofest.  Nick and Harley spent some serious time at a smoker cooking the pork butts for Saturday’s dinner service.

Please thank Betty Sainz, & all the Ms White’s, for running registration for 2 solid days, checking lists, running CC’s, printing ID’s, etc.  This is tedious work, they handled it with friendly elan.  Thank you!

Huge thanks to Carl Standridge & Steve  Vaughan from Big Boom Pyro for pulling the Display Permits and bringing the Big Guns!

Special spreadsheet thanks to Chris Stasey for organizing and ordering the PAT Group Buy from Spirit of 76.  22-pallets of pyro just dont appear & get divided up without some detailed effort.  Also thanks to Tim Thurber & Kendra Scott of Spirit of 76 for attending Pyrofest in-person, answering questions, taking orders, & handing out serious quantities of swag.)

Special shoutout to John White, Master Builder, he taught 21 students how to each build their own 4” shell, WASPed them, and then shot them electronically with the students in the field on Saturday night!  John went on to showcase his own large shells, 6”-16”, so impressive!

Speaking of Builders, PGI Master Builder Chris Roth, and PGI trophy winner & son Matt Roth, brought a very cool collection of rockets, shells, and girandolas for Friday night’s entertainment.  Thank you and best of luck Chris, we all hope you achieve PGI Grand Master status!

Just too many Builders in PAT to single out, but Harley Johnson tirelessly taught young and old how to press & make rockets all weekend.  Brent Black held an impressive star building class and answered chemical questions all weekend.  Special thanks to all the Builders and their willingness to teach!

Please offer thanks to Gary & Johnnie Kovar & Mike Strang of GWPyro, they brought the huge gas mines & smoke rings.  And they lent us gear & product to help us fill in the gaps.  Gary & his team also prepped & executed 12 example effects for the PAT Safety Class, reinforcing our Clubs Safety First focus.

Scott Chapman of Proud Pie, https://www.proudpie.com/ , brought a great 1.4G Display for Saturday night, so artistic and precise.  But he also donated about 30 pies from his Houston Pie shop for desert on Saturday night, HUGE!  Scott, please attend every future Pyrofest…Seriously thank you & your crew for performing your display.

Grant Cox was the designer and choreographer of the Big Display for Saturday night.   Masterful artistry and execution! This type of display requires long hours doing product selection and choreography.   Thanks Grant!  Also, my personal thanks to the display team who setup the display, it was a complex multi-effect & angled presentation requiring technical precision and you pulled it off!  Thank you, Team!

Behind the scenes, my sincere thanks to Zach, Corey, Gary, and Scott’s crew for being the Fire Suppression Team on Saturday night.  It’s not a flashy job, just very important.

Lastly, my thanks to Zoz for traveling all the way from Australia to attend Pyrofest, even with many handoffs!  And thanks to my friend OG Matt for traveling all the way from NYC, Street Pyro indeed.
 
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We had a successful Pyrofest this weekend! I’ve got a lot of thanks to give out, please don’t feel neglected if I fail to mention you specifically.

First off, I thank all the attending Members, both old & new, for attending and being patient & supportive of our PAT Club. Without you, the Club doesn’t exist.

Please all of us reach out to Nick Sainz, Club President, and thank him all his efforts over the last 6 years, growing the club with creative Facebook posts, answering thousands of questions via voice & email. Setting up these Events and running the Club is incredibly time intensive. Nick, deep thanks!

Please deeply thank our property hosts, Rex & Alex Nelson, and Nelson’s Fireworks General Manager Robin Eaton. They and their team spent weeks preparing the site for Pyrofest, making room for us in their store & warehouse, cutting & trimming grass, assuring the site was awesomely ready for our visit.

Also let’s thank Ken Purcell, Club webmaster, treasurer, and purchaser/slicer of lunch meats/cheese & puller of pork butts.) Without Ken & Ms. White’s potato salad, you don’t get fed at Pyrofest. Nick and Harley spent some serious time at a smoker cooking the pork butts for Saturday’s dinner service.

Please thank Betty Sainz, & all the Ms White’s, for running registration for 2 solid days, checking lists, running CC’s, printing ID’s, etc. This is tedious work, they handled it with friendly elan. Thank you!

Huge thanks to Carl Standridge & Steve Vaughan from Big Boom Pyro for pulling the Display Permits and bringing the Big Guns!

Special spreadsheet thanks to Chris Stasey for organizing and ordering the PAT Group Buy from Spirit of 76. 22-pallets of pyro just don't appear & get divided up without some detailed effort. Also thanks to Tim Thurber & Kendra Scott of Spirit of 76 for attending Pyrofest in-person, answering questions, taking orders, & handing out serious quantities of swag.)

Special shoutout to John White, Master Builder, he taught 21 students how to each build their own 4” shell, WASP'ed them, and then shot them electronically with the students in the field on Saturday night! John went on to showcase his own large shells, 6”-16”, so impressive!

Speaking of Builders, PGI Master Builder Chris Roth, and PGI trophy winner & son Matt Roth, brought a very cool collection of rockets, shells, and girandolas for Friday night’s entertainment. Thank you and best of luck Chris, we all hope you achieve PGI Grand Master status!

Just too many Builders in PAT to single out, but Harley Johnson tirelessly taught young and old how to press & make rockets all weekend. Brent Black held an impressive star building class and answered chemical questions all weekend. Special thanks to all the Builders and their willingness to teach!

Please offer thanks to Gary & Johnnie Kovar & Mike Strang of GWPyro, they brought the huge gas mines & smoke rings. And they lent us gear & product to help us fill in the gaps. Gary & his team also prepped & executed 12 example effects for the PAT Safety Class, reinforcing our Club's Safety First focus.

Scott Chapman of Proud Pie, www.proudpie.com/ , brought a great 1.4G Display for Saturday night, so artistic and precise. But he also donated about 30 pies from his Houston Pie shop for desert on Saturday night, HUGE! Scott, please attend every future Pyrofest…Seriously thank you & your crew for performing your display.

Grant Cox was the designer and choreographer of the Big Display for Saturday night. Masterful artistry and execution! This type of display requires long hours doing product selection and choreography. Thanks Grant! Also, my personal thanks to the display team who setup the display, it was a complex multi-effect & angled presentation requiring technical precision and you pulled it off! Thank you, Team!

Behind the scenes, my sincere thanks to Zach, Corey, Gary, and Scott’s crew for being the Fire Suppression Team on Saturday night. It’s not a flashy job, just very important.

Lastly, my thanks to Zoz for traveling all the way from Australia to attend Pyrofest, even with many handoffs! And thanks to my friend OG Matt for traveling all the way from NYC, Street Pyro indeed.

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It was a lovely show Saturday night and great to see some sweet, familiar faces again!

Thanks to everyone that made this event happen! It was my first one to attend. Everyone was very welcoming!

I want to say Thank You to the Club and all the PAT members for allowing me to teach rocket classes. For all the Ants and the Lil' Ants 🐜 out the there Thank You. I hope I helped you learn something new. I want to say big Thank You to EL Prez Nick Sainz, for all your hard work we couldn't have done it without you Sir. Thank you to all the builders for also teaching your skills and passing it on. Thank you JJ, The GW, and NY Matt for your safety classes and maintaining the salute line. Thank You to the Nelson and the Eaton families for all the hard work preparing and hosting this event. Shout out to USG and all the other Pyro Clubs that join PAT and share their knowledge and help with the shows. Thank You 76 Pro Line for showing up and participating with us. Thank You to the event coordinators for all their hard work, Grant, keep doing what you're doing it's good stuffs. And again Thank You to all the Fire Ants out there, all of y'all are the reason we do what we do. We do it for you. PAT! TEXAS! FIRE ANTS!

Really great displays gentlemen! We had a blast.

Same time next weekend? That way I can actually go????πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Sounds like I missed another good one!!

We had a blast. 😎

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Wish I was there!!!!

Austin Adams

That warmed me up

You can tell, these are skilled non-flinching professionals!

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NY Matt living his best life mowing the open shooting area. ... See MoreSee Less

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No cows were hurt in the making of this epic world premiere video

Thursday Afterglow!

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My watch says otherwise. πŸ€”

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Where is that pyroslut

Wow. that is awesome.

That is awsome do you need me to bring anything to help

Woo hoo!!!

Omg

How late are ya'll going to be there tonight?

I gotta be a part of this next year

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That where we need to go??

I’m up here in the area but not sure where to go

Loaded up for PyroFest with Harley and NY Matt

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Oh snap Matt in the house!

See y’all Friday!!

OG Matt in Texas! You know you want to stay, just say it! See you soon!

See y'all in about 4-5 hours

It’s Go Time!

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Time to get charged up!

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yep im loading up my truck now, be heading up 35 early tomarrow morning anyone needs a ride let me know, was going to bring a trailer and atv but fuel prices putting that idea as a no go

Today I pulled some Unobtanium for Grant Coxs Epic Toxic Rev9 Display!

A teaser, but come find Grant at Pyrofest to learn how to setup & build a fantastic pyromusical with 1.4G & 1.3G.  Hes put a ton of work into it already.  Deep thanks Grant!  

Finale Simulation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHWjjYD05Dg

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Today I pulled some Unobtanium for Grant Cox's "Epic Toxic Rev9" Display!

A teaser, but come find Grant at Pyrofest to learn how to setup & build a fantastic pyromusical with 1.4G & 1.3G. He's put a ton of work into it already. Deep thanks Grant!

Finale Simulation:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHWjjYD05Dg

7-PyroLama Front, 41-Cobra 18M's
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