VIDEO: Revelstoke balloon artist does it to make people smile

10-year-old donates part of her proceeds to the food bank

There’s a long line behind a small table at one of the Revelstoke farmers’ markets where a 10-year-old ties balloon.

Ainsley Renyard only learned how to balloon tie last June from YouTube, yet it soon became a summer job.

Most Saturdays, Renyard can be found at the farmers’ market taking requests. Kids ask for wiener dogs, giraffes and her most popular item – a hair flower.

“She’s always been artsy,” said her mom, Crystal Davis.

Renyard sells the balloons by donation. Even if someone does not have money, that’s okay. She’ll make something for free.

“I like making people smile,” she said.

Part of the money from balloon sales, Renyard donates to the food bank. Last week, she donated $70 worth of food and both grocery stores, Save-On-Foods and Southside agreed to match her donations.

“I want to try to help because there are lots of people who need help,” Renyard said.

“No one should ever have to feel sad because they are hungry.”

Renyard had a booth at Railway Days. Here, she is making a sword. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

Renyard also volunteers at the Revelstoke Museum and last week, started at Community Connections.

In the past, Renyard has struggled in school. However, since learning how to balloon tie, Davis said her daughter has become more confident.

“She’s totally come out of her shell. She’ll go up to anyone and ask if they want a balloon.”

Renyard had a booth at the Salmon Arm Children’s Festival, went to the Sunshine Festival in Vernon and sold balloons during Railway Days at Revelstoke Railways Museum. She also goes to local campgrounds and can be hired for birthday parties.

READ MORE: Photos: Railway Days at Revelstoke Railway Museum 2019

She has become so busy, Renyard has taught her mom.

“I’m her helper,” said Davis and she gives her daughter a little nudge. Renyard giggles.

If there’s a long line, sometimes Renyard’s seven-year-old brother entertains with magic tricks.

“We’re like a family circus,” Davis said with a laugh.

If interested, Renyard can be hired for parties and events by contacting Davis at 250-814-7522.



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Supreme Court of Canada will hear Sinixt appeal May 12

B.C. has appealed aboriginal hunting case through several levels of court starting in Nelson in 2016

Bands and DJs playing this week in Revelstoke

Lots of options Friday and Saturday night!

Man sentenced for sexually assaulting woman while partying in Revelstoke

The man must now be registered as a sex offender for 10 years

Wind this afternoon for Revelstoke area

Roads and weather for Feb. 24

Okanagan rescue team comes back home from Australian mission

Brad Pattison’s team spent 33 days rescuing wildlife

Kelowna mayor to request RCMP’s ‘unfounded’ sexual assault report

RCMP said the report was completed over a month ago but have yet to release it or make a statement

Criminality not suspected in Ellison trailer fire death

The body was discovered after crews responded to reports of a house fire

VIDEO: B.C.’s seventh coronavirus patient at home in Fraser Health region

Canada in ‘containment’ as COVID-19 spreads in other countries

Kelowna youth accused of killing 16-year-old released

The young woman was arrested on Feb. 21 and is facing one charge of manslaughter

Interior Health appoints administrator at Summerland Seniors Village

Numerous concerns raised about private seniors care facility

Man arrested following suspicious trailer fire in Kelowna

Reports came in about the fire at approximately 11:45 a.m. on Monday morning

Body discovered following vehicle fire on Kelowna property

Firefighters discovered a body in a home on Anderson Road

‘Please be quiet,’ Kelowna Mayor tells sexual assault survivor protesting in council chambers

Forty per cent of sexual assaults reported to Kelowna RCMP in 2019 were deemed ‘unfounded’

Most Read