Waterfire returns to Sharon tonight

Sharon, Pa. (WYTV) — Lighting is the only thing that will stop Waterfire Sharon tonight.

This is the second year for the event, but getting Waterfire to the Shenango Valley took lots of planning– and some international competition.

In just a few hours fire will be glowing on the Shenango River. Right now keeping the wood on the 55 braziers dry is a must.

“It’s nice and dry it’s been in a warehouse, it won’t be smoky and we won’t take the rain flies off until right before we light,” said Jennifer Barborak.

Waterfire can only be seen in six cities— Sharon is one. To get it here the city had to sell itself to Waterfire directors and the artist.

“We wanted to highlight this great natural resource the Shenango River,” said Bob Wilson.

That was part of the pitch– bringing arts and culture, economic development and tourism were the other key factors.

“It just caught my ear. And it just seemed because these people were real people, they had a lot of enthusiasm, they had a lot of just energy that had to be spent somewhere,” said Allen Redfern, of Waterfire International.

Big cities like Paris and Berlin have expressed interest in bringing the art show.

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