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Third Annual Balloon Time “Put A Face On Fun” Contest Kicks Off

Balloon Time Hellium Balloon Kits Nationwide search for new “Face of Fun” to run through Nov. 15, 2009

Columbus, Ohio – September 1, 2009 – Parents, brush up on your photography skills, and kids, practice your cutest smiles. It’s time for the third annual Balloon Time “Put A Face On Fun” contest.

Now through Nov. 15, 2009, parents can register their children ages 3 – 11 for the chance to be named the next Balloon Time “Put A Face On Fun” winner. In addition to receiving $1,500 toward his or her education, the grand prize winner will participate in a professional photo shoot and will be featured on Balloon Time’s packaging during the next year. Fifty first-prize winners will receive a Balloon Time 30 Helium Balloon Kit.

Last year’s winner, 6-year-old Matthew Gaska of Tampa, Fla., wowed judges with his birthday-inspired photo entry. His image was selected out of more than 2,200 photo submissions nationwide.

“Matthew loved traveling to Ohio and staying in a hotel for the photo shoot,” said Matthew’s mother, Christine Gaska, who entered her son in the contest on a whim. “He’s excited to see himself on the packaging in the stores. He feels like a celebrity!”

To enter this year’s contest, parents can upload their child’s photo at PutAFaceOnFun.com or at Shutterfly.com, a free Web site that that enables consumers to share, print and preserve their photographic memories. Uploaded photographs must be in GIF (.gif) or JPEG (.jpg) format and may not exceed a file size larger than 200 KB. Professional photographs will be disqualified.

Each photograph will be scored by a panel of judges based on the following criteria: smile, age appropriateness, expression of fun and suitability for appearing on packaging. For a list of official rules, visit PutAFaceOnFun.com.

In addition to registering a child, those who enter the contest can also enroll in the Balloon Time Party Club, giving them access to the monthly Celebrations e-newsletter, full of creative party ideas from Balloon Time’s party planning expert, Penny Warner.

Balloon Time offers a family of helium balloon kits that includes an easy-to-use helium-filled tank, latex or foil balloons and ribbon in one convenient, lightweight, portable box. Balloon Time kits can be found at large retail chains, party goods and grocery stores nationwide.

For more information on Balloon Time or to find a retailer, visit BalloonTime.com.


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About Balloon Time
Balloon Time is the leading brand of consumer helium balloon kits in North America. Balloon Time’s family of products includes Balloon Time 30 Helium Balloon Kit, Balloon Time 50 Helium Balloon Kit, Balloon Time A La Carte helium tank and Balloon Time Party Create-A-Face Sticker Kit. The helium balloon kits are available at a variety of retailers worldwide. Visit BalloonTime.com to learn more about Balloon Time and its family of products or to locate a retailer.

About Worthington Cylinders
Worthington Cylinders is the leading global supplier of pressure cylinders, providing consumers the power needed for grilling, party planning, camping and home repair. The company’s Worthington Pro Grade and Balloon Time products are known for their affordable quality, and are available at retailers worldwide. Commercial products include liquefied petroleum, refrigerant and industrial gas cylinders and air brake tanks. Worthington Cylinders is a Worthington Industries company (NYSE:WOR), a leading diversified metal processing company with annual sales of approximately $2.6 billion. For more information, visit WorthingtonCylinders.com.