From: "Cape Internet" <email@example.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <email@example.com> Subject: Festivals Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2000 21:35:09 -0800 We did an outdoor fair & 2 things that are very important: One: make sure no balloon goes unweighted (you're a CBA so I don't need to tell you that....I just see so many festival vendors selling unweighted mylars & latex balloons...I get furious! Remember it is not the latex balloon that is dangerous to wildlife....it is the string attached to them & in as far as mylar goes we all know why caution is needed) Next: the mylar balloons are printed with a water-soluable/non-toxic ink. If you are not COMPLETELY enclosed, or if someone spills a soda near your display...your in trouble! We have an easy-up & I felt reasonably protected, but, the wind was blowing the rain into our tent & the mylars bled & almost all were ruined. Lastly, we only offer balloon twisting & face painting at festivals now, as far as "manned" operations go. We tried a booth at a fair, where we promoted & vended & well....we just flat out, will never do it again! I am still most happy to provide decor, with losts of signage that we did the job, so we don't need to hang around all day to get publicity...just make like little elves that no one sees & set-up & strike & go home. Also, if things are slow & you are not getting enough attention float a 3' round as high as you can safely tether it, write something catchy on it...like free balloon...or what-have-you in big bright letters. You can use vinyl lettering if you like, I do signage, so I hand lettered mine...just make sure it looks professional (again...I don't need to tell you that, I just throw it in for good measure). The big balloon saved the fair for us, everyone wanted to to find out what was so special that it merited a giant balloon. Overall the booth at the festival was not good for our business. There are far better ways to promote, so I have found. This was our experience, our results may not be typical ;-), and like most things, live & learn...& go forth & really prosper! Mike & Teri Michon, The Merry Poppers!