2013 - Volume #37, Issue #2, Page #07[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Bubble Tower Adds "Clean Fun" To Any Event
It’s such a simple activity that it usually turns out to be more popular than organizers expect. “I was honestly a bit surprised by just how popular it was,” wrote one organizer for the Sweetwater County Fair in Rock Springs, Wyo.
Based in Denver, Colo., Coleman’s four bubble towers have become the fastest growing part of his entertainment business since he built his first tower in 2004 for a bubble festival in Manitou Springs, Colo.
Self-powered by a solar panel, the tower goes through 5 to 10 gal. of water a day making everything from ping-pong ball clusters the size of bushel baskets to basketball size bubbles. At night, the bubbles twinkle in front of the tower’s LED lights.
Organizers or sponsors pay a fee for the tower ($225/hour with a 3-hour minimum, or at discounted day or weekly rates) so that it’s a free activity for attendees. The tower makes a great promotion tool, Coleman adds, when sponsors provide a banner for the tower.
Most of his team’s travels are within 1,000 miles of Denver, but they will go anywhere. For example, one team traveled as far as Anchorage, Alaska, when event organizers agreed to transport the tower and other equipment.
In addition to the tower, Coleman has a gaggle of other entertainment ideas – including 10-ft. tall dancing Christmas trees, oversized penguins in tuxedos, giant puppets and Coleman’s signature, Stretch, the 9-ft. Clown (featured in FARM SHOW’s Vol. 32, No.2).
At 59, Coleman, a former drywall taper and window washer, admits he started his second childhood about 15 years ago. Stretch got him started walking tall in parades, and the bubble towers continue the outdoor entertainment fun.
“If you want to have fun, give us a call or check out our website,” he says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bill “Stretch” Coleman, 930 S. Decatur St., Denver, Colo. 80219 (ph 303 922-4655; www.bubbletower.com; www.stiltwalker.com).
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