Valpo Dream Factory

Ginger Glitterdrop

joy (joi)


a. Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness.
b. The expression or manifestation of such feeling.
The following is an email we received from Ginger Glitterdrop a.k.a Madison Cowger…

My dream to be a Flanagin Fairy came true this year at the Popcorn Fest.  I had seen them in the parades before and I always clapped and waved at them.  I can’t believe that they picked me to join them!  I loved dressing up and having my make up done by Crystal Snowflake and Ella Seaswirl.  The very best part was when Fairy Godmother gave me my very own enchanted wand!  Walking in the parade was a blast, I loved seeing all of the people!  It was so fun getting to walk with my friend Scarlet Sunflower!  It was a day I will never forget.  Thank you to the Flanagin Fairies for making my dream come true!


Ginger Glitterdrop

They're granting you a wish

We are looking for ways to make more dreams come true, if you have any ideas leave a comment.

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me:  Life gets better every day.

Popcorn in Paradise

2010 Kernel's Kup Award


Follow-up from Disney Institute – 76 Trombones.  2010 Parade them is Popcorn in Paradise.  

For those of you that read my previous post, we are proud to report that we just won the “Kernels Kup” award in the 2010 Valparaiso Popcorn Parade.   Another day of great memories.  

Have a wonder-filled day,  

Donna Flanagin  

Random me:  New York cherry ice cream is my favorite.  

The magic and enthusiasm of the Disney Institute workshop is over, now what? This blog is about exactly that,  for a small bulk mail business in Indiana.

Disney Institute – 76 Trombones

The Blueprint

Excitement is in the air. The street is lined with lawn chairs, blankets, strollers, eager children and everyone is straining to get the first glimpse of the approaching parade.   The scene is the same whether in rural Indiana or Orlando Florida.  Who doesn’t love a parade?

After attending the Disney Institute workshop, I re-evaluated the impact participating in a hometown parade could have on a local business.  How often do you have a captive audience of  thousands of onlookers, all waiting to see “you” ?  There is no question that it requires a commitment of time and money but how can you put a price on creating memories?

In 1979 Valparaiso gave birth to the first Popcorn Festival and Parade inspired by Orville Redenbacher, a Valparaiso native who became a household name with his very own brand of popcorn? 

Fast forward  to 2009, the theme for the parade is “Celebrate Valparaiso”.  It is our third time participating in the parade and we needed a float theme.  While looking through our vacation photos we realized that the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade could be the blueprint.   It was perfect.

With the creative brilliance of my daughter Erica, 7 gallons of colorful paint, carpet padding, carpet roll tubes,  hula hoops, vinyl flooring, cardboard boxes, lamp shades, and of course popcorn, my favorite float, to date, was born.

Our Interpretation

Check out the "centerpiece"

Doug's 1937 !!

We won the 2009  “Kernels Kup ” Award.

Stay tuned to find out if we can win an award for our wacky interpretation of this year’s theme “Popcorn in Paradise”.

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random Me: I moved to Valparaiso IN in 1978.

The magic and enthusiasm of the Disney Institute workshop is over, now what? This blog is about exactly that,  for a small bulk mail business in Indiana.

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