Building excitement for new homes and remodeling projects was the goal of the first Home Show organized by the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association (KPBA) 34 years ago and the 2013 Home Show co-sponsored by Spenard Builders Supply set a new bench mark for “Building Excitement.” And there was something for everyone to get excited about from hatching chicks at the 4-H booth to gardening ideas, giant construction tractors to hot tubs this year’s Home Show had it all. “As the original organizers of the Kenai Peninsula’s only home and building industry show, we wanted to offer everything for the home buyer, home builder, and home owner all under one roof,” said Jake Denbrock, KPBA President.
“Attendance was extremely strong, and the show was a great success for all involved,” said KPBA executive officer Cindy Rombach, “We had great 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. The $500 cash giveaway sponsored by Homer Electric Association was won by Mark Schaafsma, “And the Annual Garden Shed Raffle to benefit the KPBA Scholarship Fund was won by Jon Cox of Nikiski. Jon purchased his winning ticket at the show on Saturday. Additionally hundreds of door prizes were given away throughout the weekend with builders reporting high interest in building and remodeling projects in the local area. There were a lot of great questions were asked and information provided and that is one of our goals for the community. The gas grill sponsored by First American Title was won by Chuck Johnston of Soldotna; the mountain bike sponsored by Stewart Title was won by Taylor Furlong of Soldotna. The Parade of Homes entries were well attended by a lot of visitors as well,” said Rombach.
It was a perfect sunny spring weekend that surely added to the excitement at the show which for many years has been a very unscientific economic indicator for the Peninsula’s economy, “With the enthusiasm here at the show you just have to predict a great summer for the Peninsula,” commented Jeff Warton, SBS Kenai store manager, “Folks come to see what’s new and to find answers to the questions of who is a good builder, who is a good lender, what kind of products do I want to use on my project and this is the perfect place to do that and of course that is an indicator of the interest and confidence consumers are expressing in the local area. So with the great turn out this weekend and very attractive lending rates right now you don’t really need a crystal ball to have a positive outlook and I would say we are heading for a busy building season this year and my hat is off to the folks at KPBA for all the work they do to bring our community such a great Home Show,” he said. “And KPBA is already planning for and looking forward to the 35th Annual show!” said Cindy Rombach.