After a long snow chocked winter the 33rd Kenai Peninsula Builders Assoc. (KPBA) Home Show was enthusiastically greeted by thousands of visitors last week at the Soldotna Sports Center. According to KPBA executive officer Cindy Rombach attendance was extremely strong this year, "The show was a great success for all involved, we had positive feedback from vendors, and a real high energy crowd. The show has evolved into a community event, and KPBA was happy to see the high number of families in attendance," she said.
For many the turn out and energy level at the Home Show is a good indicator of economic growth for the Peninsula in the coming year a trend that Rick Abbott, Spenard Builders Supply(SBS) manager, sees as a positive indicator, "Of course the prophet Paul Moses has retired and his methodology was truly gifted, but the weather has been our dictator so far this year, but now that spring is upon us we can safely say we're going to have a good year this summer with a lot of re-models as well as new construction being spurred by the activity in the oil and gas industry out north," said Abbott. SBS has been the co-sponsor of the show along with the KPBA since its inception in 1979 and this year was proud to have their booth judged Best in Show. "We featured a lot of new products this year in metal, cement siding has taken another new turn and there a many new roofing products on the market. We had a colorful show this year and it was a lot of fun. I'm seeing the next generation coming to SBS now to build their dreams and that's a lot fun as well" said Abbott, reflecting on this year's Home Show theme, "Building Dreams to Reality."
Hundreds of door prizes were given away throughout the weekend to help folks get a start on building their dreams. According to Nichole Smith of Southcentral Title Agency, KPBA secretary the $500 cash giveaway sponsored by Homer Electric Association was won by Jan Gauthier. The gas grill sponsored by Southcentral Title was won by Duke Green of Soldotna; the mountain bike sponsored by Stewart Title was won by Jonathan Pedginski of Soldotna, and the KPBA garden shed raffle prize was won by Brian Gauthier of Kenai. "For the first time in show history, two main prize winners were of the same family, mother and son, what are the odds of that, they have to be one lucky family," said Smith.
Vendors and builders reported high interest in building and remodeling products with a lot of great questions being asked about production information. The Parade of Homes entries by Hall Quality Builders, Byler Contracting, and Cornerstone Custom Homes and Designs were reported well attended by the community, "KPBA is already planning for and looking forward to our 34th Annual show! And we truly appreciate the great turn out and show of support by everyone who attended this year," added Rombach. KPBA is a non-profit trade organization affiliated with the Alaska State Home Builders Assoc. and the National Assoc. of Home Builders. "The goal of this organization at all levels is to provide safe, affordable housing this is well designed and well constructed for all Americans."