Jaffrey Festival of Fireworks festival blasts off Saturday

  • The Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce Festival of Fireworks is this Saturday. File photo

  • The Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce held its 25th Festival of Fireworks on Saturday, Aug. 20. 2016. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 8/14/2019 8:52:50 PM

The theme for this year’s Jaffrey Festival of Fireworks will take you back to a time when peace, love and music reigned supreme.

This weekend is the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and the area’s largest annual fireworks show is set to honor the legends of the famous New York music festival.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at the Jaffrey Airport, a later time than in year’s past but organizers believe spectators will still have plenty of time to get in, parked and enjoy some of the pre-firework festivities.

Cathy Furze, who first began as a volunteer in 2002 and has served as chair of the fireworks committee for the last five years, said there is plenty for the whole family to do before fireworks fill up the night sky.

“This is a family friendly, fun event,” Furze said.

Furze said there was somewhere between 13,000 and 15,000 people at last year’s festival, but it’s always hard to tell how many people will be there based off of pre-sale tickets.

“I have no idea at this point. The weather is always the biggest factor,” Furze said. “But from all the weather reports I’ve seen, Saturday is supposed to be beautiful and filled with sunshine.”

Music will be provided by SOWA Entertainment during the afternoon and evening. Last year there were things like hula hoop contests, line dancing and conga lines to go with it. There will also be kids games and a climbing wall. The folks from the Newfoundland Pony Conservancy Center in Jaffrey will be on hand to show off some of their critically endangered animals.

At 7 p.m., look to the skies over the airport and watch as sky divers jump from a passing plane and glide safely to the ground.

Don’t worry about eating before showing up because there will be plenty of food vendors in attendance with typical fair food like fried dough, cotton candy and French fries, to go along with a pizza truck, specialty coffee and deep fried Oreos – and much more. Local nonprofits, including clubs from Conant High School, will be at the festival in an effort to raise money for their initiatives.

The fireworks show, put on by Atlas PyroVision, will begin after dark and Furze said it usually lasts about 35 minutes.

“It will be well worth it,” Furze said. “They put on a great show.”

Tickets will change on Friday night to day of prices. Cost for walk-ins will be $10, cars will be $60 and VIP increases to $175. The festival serves as a fundraiser for the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce.

“This is the largest fundraiser the chamber puts on and it allows us to do many things in the community,”  Furze said.

For up to date info  and all ticket prices, visit jaffreyfireworks.com.


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