February 12 — February 14, 2021
There was a loud, collective moan as it was recently announced yet another beloved pyrotechnic event planned for 2021 would bite the COVID dust. Nonetheless, several WPA members were not willing to throw in the towel completely and have been planning a COVID-safe virtual event.
Virtual WinterBlast 2021: Lifting Spirits with Pyro, will be held on February 12th, 13th, and 14th. A nominal fee will be charged.
This will be an entertaining chance to socially interact with old friends, make new ones, contact vendors, improve knowledge and share skills. It is a chance for newcomers to check out the WPA and an opportunity for those who would normally be unable to physically make it to attend virtually. Yes, you will need a way to access the internet. No, it won’t be the same as live in person - no smoke, no hugs, no chest thumps from big shells unless you really turn up your speakers....BUT... no set up, tear-down, uncomfortable weather, travel costs, bunker duty and you still actually get to spend at least part of Valentine’s Day with your sweetie!
For all that WWB has afforded attendees in the past, this interactive virtual event will be a unique opportunity for rare experiences and additional participation:
Every morning there will be a social discussion of the schedule of events for the day and recapping events from the day before. Every evening there will be a BYOB Afterglow. The WPA membership meeting will be held for members only.
Sure, it won’t be quite the same as an in-person event, but with the tools of modern technology and virtual participation, the possibilities for Virtual WinterBlast are endless. You won't want to miss this entirely new interactive and unique approach to a beloved pyrotechnics tradition.
President’s Day Weekend, annually. Since 1990 it has been held in Lake Havasu City; right on the beautiful Colorado River in Arizona. Like a PGI convention, we have seminars, trade shows, class C and pyrotechnic supply vending, open Class C and Class B shooting, BBQ's, afterglow parties, and much more. If you have never been to a Winter Blast, you don't know what you’re missing. WWB is the premier pyrotechnic event of the Winter Time. Now more than ever, people come to the Winter Blast from across the globe, and with good reason. Not only is it an exciting event, but the weather is warm and the sun is shining... (most of the time). Pyro enthusiasts who live in freezing and snowing areas are finding a summer pyro haven in the wintertime at the Western Winter Blast.
Do It is a spin-off of an event first held in 1998 across the river at the Avi Casino and Resort in Laughlin, NV; then called Pow Wow. Organized by WPA member and former VP of the club, Greg Boyd, this event came from the need to have a second event during the year and geared more towards the hobbyist. While in 1998 there were few participants, this event has grown in popularity and attendance each year and now boasts attendance in the triple digits. This event is geared towards those who like to develop and create pyrotechnic items.