There was a long line Saturday afternoon waiting to get into the Home Show at the Soldotna Sports Center. According to Cindy Heaverley, executive officer for the Kenai Peninsula Builders Assoc., the event's sponsor, the crowd that turned out between 12 and 3:00pm Saturday, broke all previous records for attendance.
However, the over all attendance for the two day show was 4,400, down slightly from last year, "The show was a sell out this year, all our booth spaces were taken with more than 80 exhibitors. I think we had more out of town and out of state exhibitors than ever before also, and the Parade of Homes I heard was also very well attended," said Heaverley.
More than 40 pizzas were consumed at the exhibitors after set up party sponsored by 1st American Title. The exhibitors were also very appreciative of the exhibitors lounge where they could take a break away form the crowds, sponsored by First National Bank of Alaska. "I think we're looking at a pretty healthy year. There's a good positive feeling out there, low interest rates, good demand and available property, it's an all around healthy economy out there, we have a pretty diverse economy here, and were looking for some very positive things this year," commented Paul Moses of Spenard Builders Supply.
The winner of the $500 cash grand door prize sponsored by HEA, was Katherine Wilusz of Soldotna. The raffle for the outdoor playhouse donated by Spenard Builders Supply raised $8,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula, and was won by Amanda Coates of Freedom Realty in Kenai. Jacob Shearer of Soldotna won the Mountain Bike donated by Morelein General Contracting, and Don Roper of Soldotna won the gas Bar-b-que sponsored by Preferred Plumbing and Heating.
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