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Athens, GA, Ballooniversity returns

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of Georgia-based burton+BURTON, Ballooniversity is returning to Athens, GA, Aug. 9-12, and this year’s theme is Sunset Safari. This event only happens every five years and florists and balloon artists from all over the world have the opportunity to learn from top balloon, floral and business industry leaders, as well as celebrity instructors, according to a news release.

“We are thrilled to mark burton+BURTON’s 35th anniversary with the return of Ballooniversity,” said company president and chief operating officer Maxine Burton. “This year’s Sunset Safari-themed event is slated to be the most extravagant celebration to date. The conference is full of educational seminars, hands-on workshops, and nightly festivities. After 35 years in the balloon and gift industry, burton+BURTON continues the commitment to education and providing exemplary customer care, all while celebrating the joy of balloons.”

There will be two full days of classes taught by top instructors, a two-day decorators’ workshop, a design competition, receptions, cookouts, dancing, entertainment, and the Ballooniversity Gala. New for 2017 is the Balloon Networking Room where attendees can participate in mini sessions and network with instructors and other balloon professionals.

Whether your focus is floral, event planning, balloon décor or entertainment, Ballooniversity will provide the necessary tools for your trade.

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