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Monday, July 11, 2011

Smiley and the S.S. Cupcake: Anything That Floats 2011

Who doesn’t love cupcakes? I’m not sure, but I do know that Smiley DOES love cupcakes. So to celebrate his 25th birthday, it only seemed fitting that we would build a giant cupcake and take it sailing on the strong waters of the Allegheny River… makes sense, right?

The S.S Cupcake takes shape in the parking lot of
Eat'n Park's Corporate Support Center

Under the careful supervision of trained adults (not really), we dusted off our power tools and hammers to build the second generation Eat’n Park float for the Pittsburgh Regatta’s "Anything that Floats" contest on July 3rd. It featured the biggest cupcake I’ve ever seen, as well as a larger-than-life Smiley Cookie…all atop a foundation of Smiley icing buckets. After a day of hard work, lots of sweat, and only a few tears, the S. S. Cupcake was ready to set sail!

Ready to hit the water at the Point in Pittsburgh. 
That's me on the right!

Now, you must be wondering if it did, in fact, float. Well my curious cookie-loving friend, IT DID! Thanks to the strength and endurance of my fellow crew members, we successfully floated from PNC Park to Heinz Field. Not only were we the third place finishers, but we were also awarded with a trophy for being the Best Decorated Float! My arms are still a little tired, and I should have used more sunscreen, but at least this cupcake didn’t crumble!

The S.S. Cupcake makes its way down the Allegheny,
with the Pittsburgh skyline in the background.

We're already looking forward to next year. One of these times, we're going to win this race. If you have any great ideas for next year's theme, post them here!

Team Smiley


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