Monthly Archives: April 2013

Sky Dangers, Sky Guys, Sky Tubes, Fly Tube, Airpuppets

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sky-dancers1Looking for a way to make your business or upcoming sale stand out? Sky Dancers are a creative, colorful and attention grabbing way to promote your store or business. These sky tubes are by far the most cost-effective way to advertise a business and they attract attention from far away.

The sky guys come in different sizes, styles and colors. These guys can be 10′ to 70′ in height but generally they are 18′ tall. They come in many different colors too. Most have arms that flail and a happy face. In my business I carry a variety of different tubes; a frog, a 9′ multi armed colored sky dancer, a red, white and blue, an “open” sky dancer with an arrow, a two-legged yellow sky guy, a bride and groom and over eight different single legged colored sky dancers as seen above. The variety and themes very greatly.  You can have them customized by contacting a manufacturer.

All the sky guys are blow upward with a round blower that usually have three speeds. The blowers are usually 3/4 hp and 18″ diameter. These blowers run around $300.00 each which I think are a little pricey. However I just noticed the blowers are as low as $200.oo. That is a big drop from just a couple of years ago.

Rental of these items are great for businesses. Great times to rent these items are for grand openings, sales, specials or just to draw attention to your business. I have also rented them for parties and birthday parties to draw attention to the party site. They do not take up a lot of base room – 18″ and they take a 110 outlet. Just be careful with telephone wires, tree limbs, telephone poles, flag poles and highs signs.

It is very important to use several different medias to draw attention to your business. These are an excellent choice and the rental fees are reasonably priced.

The problems I have found with these items are: if the winds are too high then the sky dancers have a tendency to flap and hit the ground a lot. Also the normal wear and tear of a sky dancer is about 700 hours before the color looks dull and the ends and edges of the arms and head becomes frayed. I had a customer use a sky dancer and when she returned it the head and arms were full of mulch. It took forever to remove all the little pieces from this guy. I suggest using them on grass or cement not in a flower bed. Also if customers are not carefull and do not stretch the sky guy out before they start the blower up it could get caught under the blower.  The fabric will tear and get caught in the fan and the blower motor could lock up.

The sky dancers are made out of a nylon parachute type material. The fabric is very lightweight, tightly woven and has a sleek feel. The fabric wears and tears very well.

In general, these are very good to use for advertising your business!

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Cotton Candy 100 calories

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image5154Cotton candy, popcorn and sno cone are the three top most popular concession items for festivals, events and amusement parks. Cotton candy is a light and fluffy sugar confectionery made out of one ingredient – SUGAR. It is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the taste. Cotton candy comes in a variety of flavors and colors. What do you think the top 3 flavors are? Answer: pink, blue and grape. Pink comes in flavors called silly nilly – vanilla, wacky watermelon, bubble gum, cherry berry and jolly berry – strawberry. Blue raspberry is called boo blue, O-Jay is orange and green is leapin’ lime. Orange cotton candy sells more in October because of Halloween.

This treat is simple to make using a cotton candy machine. The sugar is spun, heated and air-filled and the end result is cotton candy. The hardest thing about making cotton candy is twirling it on the stick. This treat melts in your mouth while giving your taste buds a ride.

Cotton candy got its official name in America around 1920. Previously it was called “fairy floss” and spun sugar. It was thought that this sugary concoction started in the 1400s. Seven hundred years later it is a favorite treat for may festival goers. Years ago, it was a very expensive to make cotton candy and it only began public sales in 1904 at the worlds fair. Today you can purchase it in gas stations, grocery stores, festivals and amusement parks or you can rent a cotton candy machine and make it at home.

Cotton candy is usually served in bags or on a stick. A normal serving of cotton candy is one ounce and this equals 100 calories. This treat is great for adults and children. Cotton candy is my highest sales items in the concession items categories. Adults love the taste and it makes them feel like a little kids again. It is so much fun to eat and it literally melts in your mouth.

These days there are many items made from cotton candy: cake and frosting, cotton candy martinis, cotton candy whipped cream, cookies, cotton candy cupcakes and yummy cotton candy bars.
Did you know that the word cotton candy is used to describe a number of different items: Crayola no. 37 is called cotton candy, there is a new grape growing in California called cotton candy and there is a  type of grass called cotton candy.
Some people avoid cotton candy saying it is too high in sugar. In fact, there is as much sugar in one ounce of cotton candy as there is in a can of soda, 2 mini Reese cups have 80 calories, 2 mini Snicker bars has 90 calories and 10 Gummi bears has 100 calories. So enjoy all these sugary delights.