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Skyfire Fireworks Show

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by Felicity Banks (subscribe)
I'm a writer of interactive and normal novels including steampunk fantasy app books set mainly in Australia. Banks
Fireworks set to the year's best music
Skyfire is an annual event in Canberra that manages, even in our tiny town, to draw actual genuine crowds of people. It is always a huge hassle to get there and back, because Canberrans are bewildered by the whole experience of moving en masse. Also, last year, it rained. A lot.

But when the fireworks start (they're set to music because it's run by a local radio station, FM 104.7) there's always a moment when I think, "Oh THAT's right. It is worth coming, after all."

I like to go to the end of Anzac Parade (the most family-friendly section) several hours before the fireworks begin. The Australian Defence Force kept us amused - with cannons, and with aerial stunts. They were utterly amazing/terrifying.

I did NOT know that:

a) helicopters can fly nose-upward.

b) helicopters can fly that close.

I literally screamed at one point, and was frequently convinced they'd collide. There was much hair-clutching and gasping and not just from me. The cannons kept firing (they didn't hit the helicopters) so the pilots flew through clouds of gunsmoke.

Then the sun set - and soon afterwards, the fireworks began!

This year is the 25th birthday, so it'll be bigger and better than ever, including the latest musical TV celebrities and more BIG BOOM from ADFA.
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Why? Because shiny go boom!
Phone: 6241 4444
Where: All around Lake Burley Griffin
Cost: Free
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