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The 2019 FLOAT Convention

All That and a Bag of Chips!
All That and a Bag of Chips!

FLOAT 2019's Opening Night was the biggest ever! Included in the night's festivities was a surprise fashion show, and here, FLOAT instructor Brook Rogers strikes a pose with her three models during the curtain call.

And the Winner is....
And the Winner is....

FLOAT's newly revamped Designer of the Year competition drew a record number of competitors in 2019. Here, the winners of the Organic Decor competition stand with their prizes. Sara Meyer, center, would later to go on to be announced as FLOAT's 2019 Designer of the Year.

A Truly International Event
A Truly International Event

FLOAT 2019 featured delegates from 23 different countries, another first for the convention. Here delegates from Ecuador show their national pride at FLOAT's Opening Night event.

The Love Story Continues...
The Love Story Continues...

At FLOAT 2015, Peter Schmaus and Magda Calvo met and fell in love. At FLOAT 2017, they got married. And at FLOAT 2019, they introduced the newest member of the FLOAT Family, little Valentina. :)

A Packed House
A Packed House

According to our attendees, the single biggest reason for attending FLOAT is the quality of the classes. Here Melissa Vinson, CBA, representing Anagram showcases various designs and techniques.

Growing in Every Way
Growing in Every Way

Aside from the biggest attendance ever at FLOAT, our 2019 event saw growth in every direction. Two more manufacturers joined the FLOAT Family: Gemar and Tuf Tex. Here, Vincenzo Musto and Claudio Casagrande of Gemar mug for the camera.

The Vendor Showcase
The Vendor Showcase

Another significant expansion at FLOAT was the Vendor Showcase. 26 different sponsors showed off their wares in a newly designed space. Here "Faraday", the official mascot of The Balloon Council, meets with delegates at the convention.

The Magical Garden
The Magical Garden

As a tribute to our fallen friend and FLOATer, Deborah Fellman, FLOAT's Designer Awards Gala was themed as one of Debs' favorite type of place, an elaborate garden. Here, FLOAT's executive producer Steven Jones presents awards on the stage designed by Melissa Vinson, CBA. Melissa would later go on that night to receive the Don Cheeseman Career Achievement Award for her dedication to and accomplishments within the industry as a whole.

One for the Record Books
One for the Record Books

FLOAT 2019 saw a lot of records broken, and it didn't stop with attendance. Tommy and Scott DeLorenzo pose with their six FLOATEE awards, a new record. The two eclipsed the previous record holder of Alexa Rivera who won five FLOATEEs in 2015.

Running the Gauntlet
Running the Gauntlet

FLOAT's Laurie Straus enters through the Opening Night "Keyhole Tunnel" to a myriad of fun and frivolity from the FLOAT Faculty. It's this sense of excitement and energy that keeps people coming back for more...

#YouAreTheKey
#YouAreTheKey

This year's hashtag signified that you as a business owner truly control your own destiny, and you can overcome outside forces. So what better way to enter the Opening Night party that through a keyhole? Here David and Amanda Mahoney construct this stylish and unique entrance decor piece.

Stylin' and Profilin'
Stylin' and Profilin'

One of the more noticeable differences at this year's FLOAT Convention was the presence of our newly formed Security Team. Team Director Phil Whitehead shows off the bright orange vests worn by the members.