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Low, Low down Fireworks

Original post made by Watcher on Jun 29, 2012

Puzzled how or if a decision was made to dramatically change how fair fireworks are displayed. After several decades of watching Fair Fireworks from my carport, I miss not being able to this year. They have been further 'East' I would say, and are only shooting half the usual height. I kept thinking, well, I'd be able to see the finale, as the boom, boom climbing ladder would be displayed. Huge disappointment...even the final few that would have normally been quite high, were a pathetically short wasted effort.
It just seems for zthe giagantic expense, it was a nice to share with residents who are sometimes bothered with the fair. Sorry that's no longer the case...even in main part of town along Main/Santa Rita Safeway area. They were nice and high and visible last year.... pretty much sound only this year. Just askin...
Maybe they'll get 'em up next week.

Comments (15)

Posted by Pete , a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2012 at 12:05 am

Fireworks were great tonight!...a suggestion would a season pass and view close-up and enjoy. Know that your just I'm just tellin. Nature has a way of growing trees...higher and higher. Enjoyed the immediate burst... to grab your attention. Not sure what more you want...not sure you realize how hard it is to throw them that high...five at a time.

Posted by Watcher, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2012 at 12:25 am

12 months ago there was plenty of clearance and from a different location.

Posted by another watcher, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 30, 2012 at 6:58 am

Well if you can no longer view the fireworks for free then why don't you sue the fair for your inconvenience. They may have moved the firing location but they do not change the height of the explosion, cannot do that. Next time pay for a ticket or find a real problem to complain about.

Posted by Arroyo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2012 at 11:58 am

I'm curious why they moved the location of the fireworks at the fairgrounds. Not complaining, just wondering if anybody knows why they were moved to the new location.

Posted by fairgoer, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jun 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I have to say that yesterday's fireworks were the best I have ever seen at the fair, or in the area in general. They did a superb job. And yes, I went to the fair and watched the fireworks from there. The fireworks might not have been as high (don't know) but they were spectacular if you were at the fair. My thanks to the fair board for putting on this great show.

I believe they are doing the fireworks every Friday so I encourage you to go to the fair next Friday and watch them.

Posted by Watcher, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2012 at 8:51 pm

sorry another, the Height was lower than 12 months ago, including the finale.

Posted by Watcher, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2012 at 9:47 pm

My,my another watcher, you make so many false assumptions.
Not to insult your brilliance, but the rooftops in MY neighborhood have not grown taller this past year!
And,FYI, I have already attended 3 times so far this year. I enjoyed my usual Bubba's and OJ, and made several interesting purchases inside. I still have 3 tickets left, but will not be attending any FRI evenings, which leaves 14 other days and nights !!
You probably shouldn't smart off on situations you know nothing about.

Posted by Fred, a resident of Beratlis Place
on Jul 2, 2012 at 4:36 am

The moved them so they are further from the horse stalls. They were spooking the horses. That simple.

Posted by Watcher, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 2, 2012 at 11:18 pm

It seems having them explode lower to the ground could be more likely to ignite fires in the area. Higher in the sky, would give more time and space to burn out.

Posted by steven, a resident of Stoneridge Orchards
on Jul 3, 2012 at 7:18 am

Their should'nt be a charge. They should be free because thats what freedoj is about. Our kids need to know that bombs birsting in air is what makes us free. Our incompitent union teachers sure are'nt teaching them anything.

Posted by Claudette , a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2012 at 9:52 am

Yes noticed that the fireworks weren't as visible, I like viewing them from home too, but that's OK ~ I have a season pass, have enjoyed the races but wish they would not be only running 4 days out of the week, seems a waist. The animals are great and the atmosphere perfect. I prefer going during the week because it is soooo crowded during the weekend, which is good for the venders. Hope they are pulling in what they need to continue ~ Love the SummerTime Fair ~

Posted by Rick Pickering, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Thanks for your inquiry and valuable input. Three key items impacted this years fireworks shows at the Fairgrounds. First, to help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Fair, a decision was made to have a show each of the three Friday nights during the Fair. Second, the Fairgrounds moved the fireworks launch site from the Northern end of the Race Track to the Southern end of the Race Track, at the request of our horse trainers. While our horse trainers have worked with their horses in past years when there was only one fireworks show, trainers were concerned that the three shows might negatively impact the horses. Third, the insurance requirements for launching fireworks changed this year, from 60 feet of clearance for each 1 inch of shell to a new distance of 100 feet of clearance for each 1 inch of shell. IE In prior years a 7 inch shell needed a safe clearance of 420 feet, now a 7 inch shell is required to have 700 feet of clearance. Since we do not have 700 feet of clearance to our neighbors, the 7 inch shells were deleated from the shows and more 5 and 6 inch shells were added in.

As we celebrate our 100 year milestone, please know that the changes to our fireworks program were made in the interest of public safety, animal welfare and fiscal responsibility. We value and appreciate our many neighbors and apologize to anyone who cannot view our fireworks shows in the same manner as they did in the past.

Rick Pickering
Alameda County Agricultural Fair Association

Posted by Watcher, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 4, 2012 at 12:10 am

My thanks to Mr Pickering for his first class answer about his first class fair. I appreciate the explainations. As a devoted fair supporter, I recognized each of the variances from past years, and knew there must be some explaination. But, I always have to look inside for the whys.
As always, I'm sure the fair will again be one of the tops in the country of all fairs, state as well as county.
Thank you for a job well done.

Posted by Watcher, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 4, 2012 at 12:30 am

wow, fair HITS are right up there with healthcare and school board ! Everything else pales in comparison. Pleasanton does love it's fair !!!

Posted by Some Dude, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm

They should call it the Alameda County UNFAIR!


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