Monday, April 19, 2010

Day 6 Festival of Balloons

Ok, I am back on time with this blog. Unfortunately the last one was slightly delayed due to very sore head. However a day to recover is always very welcome.









On the final day, the Grand Hall was opened to the public to view the balloon sculptures, competition pieces and pretty much everything that we have produced. The WBC has been featured on the news for the last three nights. Despite this Amanda Dolecheck (Pioneer PR guru) was somewhat anxious that her PR had been deficient and no-one would turn up. Pioneer had projected that maybe 1500 - 2000 people would turn out between the 11am start and 3pm finish.
This picture was taken at 2pm at the back of the entry queue. Estimated wait time of 50 minutes.












So it seems that most of Dallas turned out. Straw poll has the numbers at between 8,000 - 10,000 people turning up, with well over 5,000 balloons sold. It did not close until after 4.30pm and it was absolutely feral down there. Of course, it wasn't all bad......












I had an easy day, as previously mentioned. Watched Sam Stosur win the final of Family Circle Open in Charleston (?). Tonight all the teachers, Pioneer people and some distinguished guests had dinner at a local BBQ bar. It was a great way to unwind, and a great chance to actually stop and speak to the instructors that we had greeted as we ran past each other for the last four days. A nice relaxing night, but as usual didn't get to bed until after 1am. Some of you balloonies may recognise some of these people in the pictures below.....


















That is pretty much it for coverage of World Balloon Convention. I have NSW and New Zealand training days coming up, where I will present a much fuller presentation of photos and some of the new designs. If anyone else wants this then speak to your BASA and/or Qualatex distributor.


It has been an awesome event and I have met some wonderful people from around this great big world we live in. I hope to see "y'all real' soon".

MAD Dave Taylor - in Dallas Texas!!

26 comments:

  1. Just visiting from Marelle's blog to say Happy Anniversary, Dave! Sorry you'll not be with your lovely wife for the day, but I hope you're able to have a nice day anyway!

    Your blog looks great!

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  2. Happy anniversary and great blog! Wow - who'd have thought you could get so creative with balloons. Amazing!

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  3. Hi Dave
    Looks like youre having a fabulous time in Dallas!
    Happy 14th wedding anniversary!
    Hope you have a great time for the rest of your trip! :)

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  4. Happy Anniversary Dave! Looks like Dallas is a laugh a minute and you're having a great time! Terrific blog!

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  5. HAPPY ANIVERSARY DAVE!! May you and your gorgeous wife have many more together! Oh and I'm lovin' this ballooning stuff - your a legend!

    Karen

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  6. Calling in from Marelle's blog. Hope you have a Happy Anniversary. There are some amazing pics on here, who woulda thought you could do so much with some balloons!
    Fiona

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  7. Have a safe trip home. Happy Anniversary!

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  8. Hi Dave.

    Happy anniversary! How cute is your blog. Have a safe trip home.

    Teneale :)

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  9. Popping over from Marelle's blog to wish you a very happy anniversary. Amazed by all those balloons - I guess you balloonies are like us stampers - always trying for something new!

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  10. Hi Dave
    Wow, I have never seen such awesome things made from balloons.
    Make sure you bring home something special for your lovely wife...something besides what is on your mind while you are wearing that .... mo!!
    Happy Anniversary!

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  11. nasmith4@netspace.net.auApril 20, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Happy Anniversary Dave, congratulations to you and Marelle. Congratulations on your WBC instructor opportunity, looks fantastic and heaps of fun....who know there was so much more to balloons and so many creative souls out there to mould them into artworks. Awesome, have a safe trip home.
    cheers
    Adele

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  12. Hey Dave,

    Happy Anniversary! Congrats to you and Marelle! Your blog looks fabo! How much fun does the balloon convention look like! Enjoy yourself! Steph and Neil Pike X

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  13. blog hopping from Marelles blog to wish you a happy anniversary Dave! I have a hubby called Dave too. Love the balloons ..they are all amazing ...love the Knight/horse one!

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  14. Happy anniversary Dave. The balloon fest looks amazing. You're obviously having a great time.

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  15. Your darling wife has left a link on her blog. Happy Anniversary. Looks like you have been having fun. Blog looks amazing as well.

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  16. And Happy Anniversary from me too Dave! Im sure you will make up for it when you get back right? :-) See you in October! xx

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  17. Hey Dave - HAPPY 16th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!!! I have to say - you really DO have the most gorgeous wife!!! Hope you get to celebrate spectacularly when you get home!!! Enjoy the rest of your conference...xxx

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  18. Happy 14th wedding anniversary Dave as I celebrate my birthday too! You look like you are having an absolute hoot over there in Dallas. Cheers, Leanne.

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  19. Waving to you in Dallas Dave....what a MAD time you are having there...I've had a MAD time reading through this blog...just so so cool.....oh, and happy anniversary to both you and Marelle...the cutest couple on the planet.......enjoy your time left OS.....

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  20. Hey Dave
    Congratulations on your anniversary & for being our Australian representative in Dallas (as well as your spread in Images).
    I was lucky enough to attend one of your classes in Melbourne & your work is amaaazing (as is Marelle's)! Looking forward to all the info you bring back from the US.
    Cheers Helen H

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  21. Love the balloons exceptional stuff. By the way just checked Marelle's Blog, Happy 14th Wedding anniversary.
    Katie xox

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  22. Happy anniversary to you and Marelle. Great blog, and lots of fun with the balloons. Hope all goes well for you and that you and Marelle celebrate in style when you get home.

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  23. Happy 14th Wedding Anniversary to you and Marelle dave.The convention looks fab and I just love what can be done with the ballons. Oh yes, where did you get that outfit from?Have you been keeping it in your waredrobe all these years?

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  24. Hi from Australia and Happy Anniversary to you and Marelle. I love what you do with balloons. Who would have thought that there could be so much created from balloons. Love the Afro and outfit.

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  25. David, I sure wish I could've met you in Dallas, but your convention was a year too late! We're in Colorado now - when ya gonna come do a convention in Denver?!

    I hope you had a wonderful time in the States and I know you're eager to get back home to your family... Happy Anniversary to you!!

    Hugs all around!

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