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I’m judging Balloon Time’s contest – win a Disney Cruise

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 17-09-2010

We’ve long used Balloon Time cannisters of helium in our house to fill balloons for parties. Actually, I’m a total cheapskate, so instead of throwing out those metallic balloons of hearts or Mickey Mouse people give for birthdays, I let the rest of the air out when they are “dead” and save the balloon for next time. My wife thinks I’m nuts, but I hate throwing more stuff into landfill, and even more, I hate paying $10 for something that lasts less than a day.

We also fly a inflatable zeppelin around the house (again, not a favorite with my wife), and it leaks helium at a rate of about a refill every 3-4 days. A canister at home has been a good solution to top it off when the kids want another flight.

So I was happy when they asked me to be a guest judge for Balloon Time’s Put A Face On Fun Contest. They are trying to find photos of happy, energetic kids to sue on packaging and advertising. And the lucky winner’s smiling mug will be featured on a Balloon Time  package and will receive a Disney Cruise Line vacation for four (subject to availability). Not bad for a balloon contest.

You can go to PutAFaceOnFun.com to enter the photo (no professional photographs) no later than November 14 at noon. Then, invite your friends and family to vote – a portion of the final tally is determined by popular vote and then finalists by the judges, including yours truly (though, please no bribes!). The winner will be based on the following criteria: smile, age appropriateness, expression of fun and suitability for appearing on packaging.

Let me know if you’ve entered your child! Have fun!