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28th annual Home Show growing in attendance, amount of offerings

Building in popularity

Posted: Friday, April 13, 2007

 

  Josh Bartell, a junior at Skyview High School, and Tanner Waterbury, a junior at Soldotna High School, work Wednesday on a gazebo for the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association's display for the 28th annual Home Show at the Soldotna Sports Center. The construction was a project of the Workforce Development Center. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Josh Bartell, a junior at Skyview High School, and Tanner Waterbury, a junior at Soldotna High School, work Wednesday on a gazebo for the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association's display for the 28th annual Home Show at the Soldotna Sports Center. The construction was a project of the Workforce Development Center.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

April showers may bring May flowers, and the fourth month of the year also brings with it the Home Show, sponsored by Spenard Builders Supply and the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association.

“This will be our 28th annual show. The theme this year is ‘Spring into Building’ and it’s going to be a good show,” said Cindy Heaverley, executive director of KPBA.

Heaverley said the event has come a long way from its humble beginning when a few builders got together at the Kenai Armory and even had to build their own booths just to have a show.

“It’s evolved into a huge community event over the years,” she said.

Heaverley said the purpose of the event has remained the same since its inception.

“Our goal now, like then, is to spotlight our members, their products and their services, to show spectators the latest trends and new innovative ideas in the building industry,” she said.

Even as comprehensive as that statement may seem, Heaverley said it only describes a fraction of what is available at the Home Show.

“There’s not just home building services and products, its everything for the home -- floor covering, doors, windows, spas, satellite T.V., fencing, mortgage companies -- everything,” she said.

Heaverley said she also is excited about a new partnership this year between KPBA and students involved in the Workforce Development Center building trades course.

“We traditionally raffle off a greenhouse or playhouse, but this year it will be an elaborate gazebo built by Workforce Development Center students. Spenard Builders Supply and Alaska Steel donated the materials, but the kids helped design it, weld it, assemble it, and they’ll be selling raffle tickets for it,” she said.

Raffle tickets will sell for $5 each or 5 for $20, and Heaverley said “The proceeds from the raffle will then be used for scholarships.”

The Home Show begins Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center, and on Sunday it resumes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and children under 12 and active military personnel get in free.

Joseph Robertia can be reached at joseph.robertia@peninsulaclarion.com.



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