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The 2009 FLOAT Convention

Aquatic Elegance
Aquatic Elegance

This gorgeous sea horse design was the winning entry in the Large Sculpture Competition in 2009. Congratulations to Cheryl Rupple, CBA, for creating such a lovely piece.

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Rock On!
Rock On!

The Entrance Decor Competition in 2009 centered around a musical theme. David Weiss, CBA, took the event "hands down" with this iconic and character-filled creation.

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"Like, Gag Me with a Spoon!"
"Like, Gag Me with a Spoon!"

The Table Centerpiece Competition, while rocked with a bit of controversy over conflicting rule interpretations, proved that classic style is the key to success. Patty Sorell, CBA, took top honors in this competition with her 80's themed design.

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The Writing's On the Wall
The Writing's On the Wall

Delegates entering FLOAT in 2009 were greeted with this larger-than-life RMS mural of the iconic FLOAT logo. Special thanks to Dale Moore, CBA, and Greg Arrigoni, CBA, for creating such a memorable piece!

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Getting Things Hoppin'
Getting Things Hoppin'

Non-rounds classes are ALWAYS a big hit at FLOAT. Here, Mark Verge shows how he uses 646s to create sculptures with lots of character.

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"Thank You….Thank You Very Much…"
"Thank You….Thank You Very Much…"

FLOAT is all about sharing the love, even if it's a bit off key. Here at the annual karaoke party, Brazilian balloon artist Eduardo Seiti, CBA, earns a round of applause for his rendition of "My Way".

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Who Says "Stackers" Don't Twist?
Who Says "Stackers" Don't Twist?

One of the biggest events at FLOAT 2009 was the pajama party and twister jam. Decorators got their chance to play with non-rounds in a way that was non-threatening to their "globular minds".

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Time to Test
Time to Test

The FLOAT Convention also hosts the CBA Exam, presented by Qualatex. Even though FLOAT is aimed at advanced level artists, there are always a few among the attendees still looking for their certification.

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Cross Dressing Clowns
Cross Dressing Clowns

Guido Verhoef, CBA,and Bidou were extremely busy at the 2009 Convention. Not only did they design all of the decor for the Final Night Gala, but they also taught a four-hour master class the night before! Just don't ask about the tutus. But don't feel too badly for Guido; the next night he would be honored at FLOAT by receiving the Cheeseman Memorial Career Achievement Award.

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Creating a Memory
Creating a Memory

David Weiss, CBA, made quite an impact on FLOAT in 2009. His entries in the design competition series were extremely memorable, being the first competition artist to go the "non-round" route as the main emphasis of his competition pieces. And his punk rock themed Entrance Decor piece is still recognized by many at FLOAT as one of their all-time favorite pieces.

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Larger Than Life
Larger Than Life

Bigger can be better, especially in this case! This jumbo sized clown, created by Gary Ledbetter, CBA, nearly reached the 20 foot ceilings in the main ballroom at FLOAT.

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Making Beautiful Music
Making Beautiful Music

Many decorators realized that linking balloons were the ultimate "deco-twisting" product long ago. Here, Lisa Swiger, CBA, uses linking balloons to create her musically themed entrance decor piece.

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