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The 2020 FLOAT Convention

Couch Trip
Couch Trip

Once again, the iconic FLOAT Couch was a hot spot of selfies and photos for the attendees. And this year, the couch was bundled together with the #IAmFLOAT hashtag the convention adopted as it's new slogan.

It's all about the orange...
It's all about the orange...

One thing is for sure....FLOAT is all about branding! Every Opening Night at FLOAT is nicknamed "Orange You Glad FLOAT is Back?"

Wait...we said orange....
Wait...we said orange....

Balloon decor involves so much more than just inflation. Here Johnathon Gerber on behalf of Betallic demonstrates some lighting products he uses in his business.

The Rising Star
The Rising Star

No one instructor left a bigger mark on FLOAT 2020 than Lea Beck, CBA. A third generation balloon professional, Lea impressed both production and students alike with her hard work, professional yet personable attitude and her amazing design work. Here she poses with creations she did for her "Frameless Animal Sculpture" class.

Organic, organic, organic....
Organic, organic, organic....

The organic trend was alive and well at FLOAT 2020. Gemar Balloons sponsored the "Club L8X" Karaoke Party the night before the convention and literally filled the room from ceiling to floor in organic decor.

Jumping for Joy
Jumping for Joy

FLOAT 2020 saw a record number of entries in every single Designer of the Year competition. Here, FLOAT newcomer Amie Vreeken shows off her excitement over her First Place finish in Organic Decor.

Showin' the love
Showin' the love

Delegates cheer for their favorite entries in our Costume Contest at Opening Night.

Reykjavik, here we come...
Reykjavik, here we come...

While everyone knew that FLOAT was going to move to a new host city in 2022, no one quite knew where. In an effort to distract everyone from the big announcement, it was "leaked" that FLOAT was relocating to Iceland for the 2022 Convention. Of course, no one at the time knew how "prophetic" the decision could have been given that Iceland had one of the world's smallest COVID-19 outbreaks in all.

A Hard Fought Battle
A Hard Fought Battle

FLOAT 2020's Designers of the Year, Mary Lou Kunka and Jessica Zillman, were the winners that nearly weren't! An epic blizzard struck the Midwest and the two found themselves stranded on route to St. Louis in an airport. Determined to make it on time for the competitions, the two rented a car and drove cross-country the rest of the way to make it in time to compete.

"It's alive....ALIVE!"
"It's alive....ALIVE!"

Yes, that IS Philomena! FLOAT's own lovable mascot took to life in the form a full on costumed character! Needless to say, she became a popular favorite among selfie takers.

Cruisin' Along...
Cruisin' Along...

Guido Verhoef, CBA, leads his team of builders in the completion of the massive cruise ship mural backdrop for the Designer Awards Gala.

Sign of the Times
Sign of the Times

Trends are always a popular subject in FLOAT classes, so it was to no one's surprise that Qualatex presented the Nieves Sisters as instructors with their signature style of delivery bouquets.