This Saturday at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers' Market, UnityPoint Health is celebrating pediatric care. So, in honor of all the wonderful children we serve, this week's Hidden Gem is dedicated to them!
The Downtown Farmers' Market is more than just fruits and vegetables - which we know kids love. It also boasts family-friendly entertainment and programs for all ages, sharing their talent with the crowd. A few of these entertainers are a favorite for children at The Market, for their artistry and creativity with. well, BALLOONS!
Lions, and Tigers, and Bears - Oh My!
Balloon Art is a market gem, sure to put a smile on faces both young and old. If you see a line stretching through the street, with giggles and cheers abound, you're probably in the right spot. The audience "Ooos" and "Ahhhs" as long, tubular balloons start to twist and turn into spectacular shapes. Balloons come alive right before your child's eyes, making life at The Market that much happier.
It's easy to see just how popular the "balloon man" has become! Every weekend, more and more lizard heads, swords, monkeys and giraffes float above the crowd as giddy children show off their new, prized possession!
There are four balloon entertainers who share their talents with the Downtown Farmers' Market from week to week:
If you see one of these talented entertainers this Saturday, be sure to stop by and say hello. and thank them for making us smile!
- Professor Von Air, Balloon Artist Extraordinaire has been performing since 1996, doing a variety of events all over Iowa, the Midwest and overseas. In addition he has taught balloon art and clowning. He specializes in balloon art, silly magic and games.
- Ronny Johnson - Twist of Faith is a 14-year Des Moines Market Entertainer who will captivate and inspire you to enjoy your day with balloon creations from guitars to dolphins, motorcycles to Angry Birds.
- Daniel Poe - Creations With A Twist has been in business for nine years and has provided amazing balloon art for every event imaginable. Everyone enjoys watching him twist colorful balloons into recognizable characters, incredible wear-ables, and comical sculptures!
- Jonathan May - Mr. Magic Productions, is a Family & Corporate Magician specializing in making fun and fast balloon animals for the children of the Farmers' Market. Known for his minimum wait time and maximum entertainment value!