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About Us

Roger and Virginia met in 2016.  We were both in terrible relationships and found that we needed the friendship we desired.  Our friendship turned into a love like no other we had had and found how much we both needed each other.

So one day, at a large event, Roger watched Virginia twist balloons and thought, "I can do that!" Virginia taught him a few basics and Roger began doing a few he enjoyed doing most.  Virginia laughed and said, "All you need now is a little character!"


We became a team.

You May Have Seen Us Twisting Balloons

At Many Of These Places!

  • The PlayStation "Back To School" Cedar Rapids, IA

  • Oelwein "Independence Celebration" Oelwein, IA

  • "Monster Jam" in Moline, IL

  • Epworth "Town & Country Days" Epworth, IA

  • The PlayStation "Spooky Halloween" Cedar Rapids, IA

  • Martin Luther King Jr Community Center "Family Fun Days" in Rock Island, IL

  • March of Dimes "March For Babies" in Dubuque, IA

  • The PlayStation "Glow" New Years Eve Celebration, Cedar Rapids, IA

  • Vinton "Party In The Park" Vinton, IA

  • Allamakee County Fair, Waukon, IA

  • The ARC of East Central Iowa "Sunday Funday", Cedar Rapids, IA

About Virginia

This crazy lady is the one that started it all in 2007.  It started with a handmade "Harry Potter Sorting Hat".  With her sewing skills she created a costume to go with the hat and put together a comedy act to entertain children with.  Then she made a different costume, and another and next thing she knew, she had a selection of Characters to entertain for all sorts of events & parties.

Yet there was something missing.  She tried to learn to juggle, nope that was not it.  Then she learned how to do some magic tricks, nope that was not for her either.  Then came an opportunity to learn about balloon twisting.


She became one of the most

entertaining balloon twisters.

About Roger

Known as "Boxcar Crowley", "Crowley the Twisted Wizard" & "Santa Dale" he has brought a whole new level to the Living Characters Family.  He has supported Virginia in making her business better in many ways.  From becoming a character, learning to twist balloons, keeping Virginia on track (and on time), supporting strong ethics and helping out wherever needed.


He became a true Living Character.

Penny "the Pistol" Lane

As for those who know us, We support the Rescue & Adoption of pets. We have had many "fur-babies" over the years that have blessed us with the greatest of their love.

Currently we have Penny Lane.

She was adopted at age 3 with her sister, Polly,  in 2009.  We tell everyone that Penny is 12 years old going on 2 because of the spunky energy she still has. She loves ham & cheese, curling up on her favorite pillow & being with both Roger & Virginia. Of the many things she does not like, she hates balloons.  When we bring our gear out to load up for an event,


She is gone!

Explore History Inside & Out

Ushers Ferry Historic Village, (part of the City of Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department) preserves the history of early Cedar Rapids in the early 1900's while providing an enjoyable atmosphere with both indoor & outdoor events for children, families & adults.

Be a part of the History by donating

to History for everyone through the

The Friends Of Ushers Ferry

Virginia often volunteers to assist with programs but her enjoyment of working in the outdoors is enjoyed most when helping with landscape needs around the grounds.   Email Virginia to pass on your extra seeds, bulbs & plantings so that together we can help spread natural beauty.

Ushers Ferry Historic Village
Ushers Ferry Historic Village
Adopt, Rescue, Foster Or Donate

Even the children we entertain, know how much we LOVE animals! We support the caring of a loving pet, and if at all possible, a pet in need. 

Virginia & Roger of Living Characters support:

Rockstar Cocker Rescue & Last Hope Rescue. 

rockstar cocker rescue