No government agency offered any taxpayer-funded carrot to lure the 2015 Pyrofest fireworks show from Allegheny County to Cooper’s Lake Campground in Worth,Pa.,  the head of the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau and the show producer said, according to a report on TribLive.com.

“We liked Hartwood Acres, it was a beautiful site,” said Derek Weber, show producer for the New Castle fireworks and special-effects company Pyrotecnico. “We were just maxed to capacity. Cooper’s Lake was the best option for us. It makes the event even better going forward.”

With access to the 600-acre campground by way of Route 422 and Interstate 79 and plenty of parking available, Weber said, Cooper’s Lake was the best of nearly 10 sites the company evaluated in Washington, Armstrong, Lawrence and Westmoreland counties.

The event, in its fourth year, attracted about 10,000 visitors to Hartwood Acres in 2014, and Weber said organizers are hoping that number rises to between 15,000 and 20,000 this year for the event May 22-23.

The festival costs about $500,000 to stage, Weber said. Organizers charge an admission fee.

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