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The 2010 FLOAT Convention

But Which One is the Prince?!?
But Which One is the Prince?!?

Tammy Corzine, CBA, led the pack in 2010 with her adorable Large Sculpture Competition entry. The frogs took top honors, both by the judges and by the popular vote.

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Stay Out of Jail!
Stay Out of Jail!

In one of the wildest competitions in FLOAT history, six of the seven Entrance Decor teams were penalized for either going over the allotted time of three hours or being outside the allowed design space. In the end, it was Sandy Pressley, CBA, standing at the top of the pack, the only artist to complete their entry without any penalties.

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Sweet Sixteen
Sweet Sixteen

2010 was the toughest year of competing at FLOAT to date, with the Table Centerpiece competition being the toughest challenge of all. Eleven different competitors entered the competition, but it was Anne McGovern, CBA, who came out on top.

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International Flavor at FLOAT
International Flavor at FLOAT

2010 was a banner year for FLOAT, with attendees traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio, from over ten different countries. One of the most noticeable represented? You guessed it….our friends from Brazil!

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Fit for FLOAT
Fit for FLOAT

One of the great things about FLOAT is how different attendees offer their own special skills to help everyone's overall experience. Here, FLOAT delegate and licensed Zumba instructor Leah Scott, CBA, leads a class during the lunch break.

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Cuttin' it Up in Costume!
Cuttin' it Up in Costume!

The Opening Night Costume Party is always a good time. Everyone gets together to reconnect, make new friends and be as silly as they like in their own costumes, posing for memorable photos like this one!

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Hands-On Help
Hands-On Help

There are all kinds of ways to learn at FLOAT, and one of them is by doing. Here, the official FLOATila, FLOAT's team of dedicated volunteers, helps build decor for the Opening Night event.

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

A tradition created that has taken a life of it's own at FLOAT! Every year at the karaoke party, many of the female attendees gather together to proudly sing the Cindy Lauper tune!

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Pop Goes the Weasel!
Pop Goes the Weasel!

With the overall theme of "Fun and Games" for the convention, what better way to guide people at FLOAT than with Jack-in-the-Box sign holders at each classroom? Here Rose and Tristen Burkholder pose with their new friend.

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Our Friend, Ricardo
Our Friend, Ricardo

One of FLOAT's most popular instructors in 2010 was Ricardo Rodrigues, CBA. His fabric and balloon master class was one of the hottest tickets at the convention. Less than six months after FLOAT ended, Ricardo died tragically at the age of 31 from complications from pneumonia in his native country of Brazil.

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Boring Speech Bingo
Boring Speech Bingo

Yep, FLOAT was all about fun and games in 2010. So to liven up the regular Opening Night speeches, we decided to incorporate a friendly round of Bingo into the mix. The winner got to play FLOAT's own version of "Deal or No Deal" later that evening.

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Time to Twist
Time to Twist

Once again, decorators like to get their hands dirty during the Twister Jam and Pajama Party. There's always lots to learn when the scraps start to fly!

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