In the midst of a long, cold winter, local businesses are looking forward to spring projects as they gear up for the 28th annual Home and Garden Show this weekend.
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"It's something to do to get out of the house and start thinking about remodeling and doing home improvements this spring," said Pam Johnston, chairwoman of the home show committee. "It's a sign of spring."
Home show coordinator Nelda Stewart said organizers expect more than 60 vendors at this year's event, ranging from contractors to financial institutions.
"We have a lot of the locals that are participating this year," she said.
The three-day show, sponsored by the Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association, has a $5 entry fee; kids 12 and younger get in free. Doors are open from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Hall.
Whether people are looking for carpeting, appliances, furniture, building supplies or anything in between, they should be able to find it at the home show, Stewart said.
Organizers are anticipating another big crowd this year, she said.
"Last year they had over 3,000 attendees," Stewart said. "Every year we expect more."
Johnston said the show isn't just for men looking to acquire more power tools.
"Since the women are the ones who manage the checkbooks, it is definitely catering to the girls," she said.
The show will include an open house gallery hosted by local real estate agents, a new attraction this year, Johnston said. There also will be more food vendors on hand this year.
Building on the success of prior shows, a variety of seminars are also scheduled, Stewart said.
Some of the seminar topics include working toward home ownership, designing kitchens for 30-minute meals, how to pick the right paint for whatever needs painting, and how to repair damaged landscaping.
"Our theme is 'make your home a vacation retreat,'" Stewart said. "We've actually tied in our grand prize to that theme."
Alaska Airlines has donated a four-night, five-day vacation for two with airfare to the Pueblo Bonito resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, for the grand prize winner. All attendees are eligible in a drawing for the prize.
The event not only gives people repair and remodeling ideas but also helps keep the Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association going strong, Stewart said.
"It's actually our main fundraiser for the association," she said.
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