Record-breaking 'Balloon Guy' builds agriculture sculpture at fair

Published: Aug. 31, 2018 at 2:43 PM MDT
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Jeremy Telford, also known as The Balloon Guy, broke a world record in 2015 for building a 65 foot long balloon sculpture by an individual. He said he used almost 9,000 balloons.

The achievement was recorded in the Guinness World Records 2017 book. He said it took him about 80 hours to put it all together.

Telford is currently in the Ag Pavilion at the Twin Falls County Fair building another sculpture.

"Basically it will be a whole scene. Tractor trailer, produce, a hay field. If I have time there will be an apple tree behind it, about 3,500 balloons in that one when it’s done," he said.

Telford said he asked the fair for input on what to make and decided since that he was in the Ag Pavilion, he would do something ag related.

Tying so many balloons, a KMVT reporter noticed Telford had quite a few bandaids on his fingers.

"A lot of it’s preventative, because I know after five days and I had something before I came here, it’s going to take a toll on my hands," he said. "Usually I have cotton gloves I wear it over it as well. Anything I can help protect my skin, because it’s a lot of tying knots."

However, he enjoys his job. When asked why he decided to break a world record, Telford laughed.

"Because it's a world record," he said laughing. "It's always been part of my childhood. I was in one of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not books and that was in Guinness and it’s kind of a nostalgia thing for me."

Telford said he decided to get into balloon sculpting because of her wife's brother.

"(He) had been doing balloons at restaurants., the small stuff for years. He taught me as a way to get my college degree and it just took off from there," he said.

This year is his first time at the Twin Falls County Fair and he said he enjoys it.

"The fair crew has been very kind. The fairgoers for that matter," he added.

On the last night of the fair on Monday, Telford said he will be giving out pieces of his sculpture.

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