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Fireworks a finale to remember
The West Australian

Not many people can say they get a fireworks display to mark the end of a hard day's work.

For the Cardile family, the final whizzbang of the Perth Royal Show display is the culmination of months of graft to make each Show more memorable.

Cardile International Fireworks' Rob Cardile oversees a crew of 18 who work from 6am each day for the Show's grand finale, which begins at 8pm.

The task is a family affair, with his father Jim, who was involved in the company's first Show display in 1970, and 14-year-old son, also named Jim, who hopes to join the team once he has finished school.

The family help make sure thousands of fireworks are wired up individually in a tent at Claremont Showground before moving them out to the main arena for a 15-minute show.

Mr Cardile said planning for the display, which costs $150,000, starts 12 months before each Show. The hours of work that go into each display are worthwhile when he hears feedback from Showgoers. "When you hear the applause, you know you've done well," he said.

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