Thad James, of Fenton, will use more than 7,000 balloons to build a lush jungle setting inside the convention center.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Dan Barger
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Thad James will be spending some time in a tropical settng this week. And it's only a short drive from his Fenton home. James, also known as Sammy J, is already hard at work putting together a tropical balloon garden for the Home & Garden Show that opens Thursday at America's Center and Edward Jones Dome. Sammy J Balloon Creations will build the 600 square-foot balloon garden that will feature an over-sized palm tree, a mountain cave with stalagtites and stalagmites, a mountain waterfall, a lagoon filled with flamingoes and a large tiki hut covered with vines and flowers. Monkeys and exotic birds will populate the garden, as well as a variety of tropical flowers, palm trees and all sorts of greenery. Construction of the garden will take …
Thad James, of Fenton, twists and turns colorful balloons to decorate his, and our, world.
Thad James was just trying to impress his nephew. After buying some balloons and a pump, and making some rudimentary figures – dogs and swords probably – James has transformed his one-time fling into a career as a "non-clown balloon entertainer." But he'll always be known as "the balloon guy." "It's the most fun thing you can ever do," James said. James has parlayed his initial bag of balloons into his own business – SammyJ Balloon Creations. Why SammyJ? "I got the name from my cat. I owe it all to him." Although he can twist a balloon into a miniature poodle in no time flat, he specializes in far more complex creations at corporate events, parties, trade shows, festivals and scout meetings. His quick wit and entertaining patter adds to …