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World Balloon Convention dates announced on heels of CBS News feature

The next World Balloon Convention will be in Orlando, and it’s nearly three years from now, not two. Pioneer Worldwide announced Monday, Oct. 1, that the next installment of the WBC will be March 25-27, 2021, in Orlando, Florida. The WBC had previously been held in even-numbered years since its inception in 2010, including this year in San Diego. Pioneer will announce more details on its website and the WBC Facebook page.  The announcement comes on…  » Read more

Balloon community’s best descend on San Diego for 2018 World Balloon Convention

(Click image for more photos) By Matt Cerre, Pioneer Balloon Co. Building on the success of the World Balloon Convention (WBC) 2016, nearly 900 delegates attended the highly anticipated WBC 2018, held March 14-17, in San Diego. Hosted by Pioneer Balloon Company, the event showcased balloon artists and balloon creations from all over the world, with delegates representing 52 countries. “We were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response of the delegates,” said Ted A. Vlamis, president of Pioneer…  » Read more

Peer Perspective: Sue Bowler, Certified Balloon Artist

Sue Bowler Certified Balloon Artist (CBA), instructor Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom Sue Bowler is among the most dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable people in the balloon industry. The United Kingdom native’s career started in 1990 with a small home-delivery company and it's only grown since then. She’s since gone on to work for Conwin and Pioneer, become a Certified Balloon Artist and won countless awards. Through personal instruction and as a blogger, Bowler has influenced balloon…  » Read more

World Balloon Convention 2016 drew more than 900 delegates from 58 countries

(Click on image to see a photo gallery from the World Balloon Convention.) The World Balloon Convention 2016 certainly lived up to its name. Organizer Qualatex released the attendance tally in its recent issue of “Balloon Magic The Magazine,” and 915 delegates attended the five-day event, which was held at the New Orleans Riverside Hilton in April. Of the attendees, 410 (or roughly 45 percent) came from outside the United States. In all, there were…  » Read more

Focus On: The Ballooney Bin

It’s all about balloons and the blues for Cindy Fuller By Zeke Jennings | ppredit@partypaper.com Cindy Fuller’s first career was dedicated to helping people. The dual career she enjoys now just helps people smile. A former social worker, Fuller rather abruptly left the field 10 years ago to open The Ballooney Bin in Jackson, Michigan, which consists of a brick-and-mortar retail store and a balloon design and delivery business. Fuller also doubles as the lead…  » Read more

World Balloon Convention 2016 draws professionals, artists from around the world

Photo Gallery The recent World Balloon Convention truly was an international affair, as it drew more than 900 delegates from 58 countries to New Orleans for the eye-popping celebration of balloons. Staged every other year by Pioneer Balloon Co., this year’s event took place April 6-10 at the Hilton Riverside overlooking the Mississippi River. Attendees converged on the Crescent City to share ideas, learn new balloon techniques and, most importantly, to reinvigorate their passion for…  » Read more

WBC 2014 Elevates Balloon Art and Education

Qualatex event continues to drive passion and profitability in the balloon industry   Hosted by Pioneer Balloon Co., the World Balloon Convention 2014 took place in Denver March 26-30 and attracted more than 800 balloon professionals from 54 countries around the world.   With top-notch education as the primary focus, the WBC offered more than 55 classes for decorators, twisters/entertainers, party retailers and newcomers to the balloon industry. The lineup of 31 talented instructors also…  » Read more

Registration Costs Announced for World Balloon Convention 2014

Registration will open Sept. 2 for the World Balloon Convention 2014, taking place March 26-30 in Denver, for all balloon decorators, twisters/entertainers and party store retailers. In order to receive the biggest savings, delegates are encouraged to register early at WorldBalloonConvention.com. Extra early bird pricing, offered Sept. 2 – Nov. 29, will be $595 per person. Early bird pricing, offered Nov. 30 – Jan. 31, will be $695 per person. Regular pricing, offered Feb. 1…  » Read more

WBC 2014 Announces Décor Design Competition

Balloon artists will have the chance to rise to balloon stardom by entering the World Balloon Convention (WBC) 2014 Décor Design Competition at the WBC, hosted by Pioneer Balloon Co., March 26-30, 2014, in Denver, Colo. One winning guest designer will be selected for the lobby décor and each of the two WBC 2014 Parties (Thursday night Costume Party and Grand Gala).  Each guest designer will have the opportunity to design his or her dream…  » Read more