CES Fire Marshall Gary Hale demonstrates fire fighting equipment at annual Home Show
There was something for everyone at the 2005 Home Show presented by Kenai Peninsula Builders Association (KPBA) and Spenard Builders Supply (SBS). True to the theme of this year's show, "Knowledge You Can Build On," there were informational booths of all kinds from recycling and worm composting to the latest insulation methods and custom log homes. A vast variety of professionals had information on everything from home financing to how to advertise your garage sale, high tech connections to show and tell pets, how to plant a lawn to fire prevention. There were contests of all kinds and hundreds of prizes to win, and of course the annual economic forecast from SBS Prophet Paul Moses. Moses has participated at every Home Show since they began in 1979, "The first one was in the Blazy Mall, I think four or five hundred people came through and we probably had ten or twelve vendors in there," recalled Moses. Over the years Moses began correlating the number of visitors to the show to the strength of the coming building season, "It's definitely an indicator, it's hard to predict every year, but the show gets people out and circulating in the area and stimulates interest in things and home projects, but I also look for the fireweed fund indicator," said Moses. Ever since Moses ventured into the prophetic world of economic forecasting, he has proven to be 100% correct.
Over 100 exhibitors displayed everything from the latest in gadgets, spas and building materials to advertising at the 2005 Home Show.
This year the Home Show equaled last year's attendance record of 5,000 paid visitors according to Cindy Heaverley, executive officer for the KPBA. So based on his rocking chair observations Moses says, "We're going to have a pretty good up-tick through the year and I think the fall is going to finish real strong. A lot of people will be coming to the area and I think everybody is going to enjoy a good year with good business and a good year." The increasing costs of building materials is a concern to Moses, but he said that after traveling on the West Coast this year and comparing prices he found that the Peninsula was still the least expensive place to build or buy a home on the West Coast. Next year Moses has promised to reveal his Ten Commandments for successful building and buying on the Kenai Peninsula.
4-H leaders Michael Morelein & Paris Cooper hold Pumpkin the bunny & Chili Pepper the pig as Sophie the St. Bernard looks on at the 4-H petting booth at last week's Home Show.
The big winner of HEA's $500 cash give-a-way at this year's Home Show was Mike Reberg, "Mike told us that he will soon be getting married and plans to use the money to help with honeymoon expenses," said Heaverley. The big greenhouse was won by Jerry Baty of Kenai, South Central Title's Deluxe BBQ Grill was won by Cecil Farkenberg, and the Mountain Bike sponsored by Mizera's Steamway went to Colton Heimanis, a high school sophomore from Nikiski.
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