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Balloon boy saucer to go on display

AURORA - It has been called an experimental craft, a flying saucer and some have even likened it to a giant Jiffy Pop pan that flies. Now, the balloon that kick-started a worldwide media frenzy and deflated the hopes of two Fort Collins residents to become big reality TV stars is set to go on display in a sports cards shop.

"I didn't think I'd be a winner. I've always wanted to own something really unique. This is a piece of Colorado history and yes, if it helps more people learn about my store, fantastic," Fruitman said.

The 20-foot balloon was hanging from the ceiling in the back of the store, intact but with some tears in the foil. It was being hidden behind a blue tarp on Wednesday, just one day before its unveiling to local media and onlookers on Thursday. The store says it has renamed the balloon "Flimflam One."

Fruitman says the balloon will be on display and even streamed live on a webcam until Oct. 15 of this year, the two-year anniversary of the incident. On that day, he says he will cut the balloon into strips to be sold with all proceeds benefitting the Smoky Hill Thanksgiving SHARE Basket Project.

After serving short jail sentences, Richard and Mayumi Heene and their three sons moved to Florida. Richard Heene was ordered to pay $36,000 in restitution after the incident set off a frantic three-county search, National Guard helicopters were deployed and flights were temporarily diverted at Denver International Airport. />

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