July 3, 2008

Fireworks to Be Choreographed

By Carrie Kirschner, The Daily Independent, Ashland, Ky.

Jul. 3--ASHLAND -- The Summer Motion fireworks display will be truly special this year, according to organizers.

For the first time the fireworks display will be choreographed to patriotic music selections, which will be simulcast on two area radio stations.

"It's the first time we've ever done this and we're pretty excited about it," said Summer Motion fireworks coordinator and Ashland Police Capt. Todd Kelley. "The vendor we've been working with suggested we try it for something different."

Summer Motion's fireworks show is put together by Pyro Works, which is based in LaFollette, Tenn. The company sends a team of workers each year to stage the show.

Kelley said the types and colors of the fireworks, along with the timing of their launch and explosions, has been closely matched with the music selection. The music, in turn, was selected to follow this year's Summer Motion theme: honoring the American flag.

The music spans genres and time periods, he said, but is all patriotic in nature and honors the flag. The fireworks display is part of Summer Motion's Patriotic Show and will be preceded by a dramatic performance honoring the American flag and the national anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner. Country music performer Tracy Lawrence will take the stage after the fireworks.

Kelley said more than 2,200 mortars will explode as part of this year's show, which will again be less than 30 minutes. "The way it works out with the flashes and the fireworks, it seems like it could be a longer show than really it is," Kelley said.

"It's (going to be) completely different, and the ability to match the fireworks up with the music and the theme ... vs. regular fireworks with music in the background, we're hoping it's very noticeable," he said.

"We think we've got probably the best show in the Tri-State on the Fourth of July. We know we have the biggest. We're just trying to make it bigger and better every year."

The music will be simulcast on two area Clear Channel radio stations. B-97.1 and WTRC 103.3 will both be playing the selection, according to Summer Motion President Chuck Charles.

He said the simulcast allows the thousands of viewers of the display who are not at Ashland's riverfront to enjoy all the aspects of the display.

CARRIE KIRSCHNER can be reached at [email protected] or (606) 326-2653.


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