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Spring 2017 Home Shows

Happy spring, Alaskans! Now that you’ve had all winter to perfect that list of home improvement projects, the home show season is here! From Fairbanks to Juneau, each show will feature countless new ideas and products in building, remodeling, decorating, landscaping and other home-related services. Whether you’re planning a minor renovation or major remodel, we know these shows will help inspire and motivate you to start planning with confidence. Here are some highlights of upcoming shows.

IABA Home Show
March 24-26, Carlson Center, Fairbanks

Friday 2-8 pm
Saturday 10 am-6 pm
Sunday 11 am-5 pm

The 33rd annual IABA home show is a major community event for people interested in every aspect of northern living. As the only home show in Fairbanks, it has become the unofficial kick-off to spring and the building season in the Fairbanks community. From financing to new construction to remodeling and refurnishing, it’s all in one location on one floor with lots of free parking. Take part in the free seminars going on all weekend with tips and advice for improving your home and saving money.

Last year’s event was a big success, featuring more than 140 different vendors and attracting more than 5,000 attendees. At this year’s show, expect to be not only informed, but also entertained: Vendors are encouraged to decorate their booths to match this year’s theme, “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.” The Lowe's team, for example, always puts on a show for kids and adults alike with extravagant decorations at its tables. “It’s just a way to make it fun,” explains Kourtney Shannon, one of the event coordinators. “We always try to make the event so it’s family-friendly.” For fun kids' activities, stop by the Interior Alaska Green Star's table, where they'll use old CDs to craft items like light-catchers.

Did we mention amazing door prizes? The grand prize is a choice between a Cancun getaway, Las Vegas getaway or a Carnival Cruise, courtesy of Denali State Bank and airfare courtesy of MacCheyne’s Carpet Plus. There’s also a chance to win a big screen TV, courtesy of Sam’s Club.

Admission is $5 and includes access to all seminars and hands-on demonstrations. Schedules will be available at fairbanksevents.com and be listed in the Fairbanks Daily Newsminer the week of the show.

For more info, call 474-9082.

2017 Home and Outdoor Living Expo
March 24-26, Centennial Hall, Juneau

Friday 5-8 pm
Saturday 10 am-5 pm
Sunday 11 am-4 pm

Presented by the Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association (SEABIA), this year’s show will feature more than 50 vendors, providing you a great opportunity to talk to many different professionals about remodeling, financing options, purchasing a home, or building your dream home.

For a second year, Tyler Rental and the operator's union have joined forces for an “equipment day” at Centennial Hall. Whether you’re a child or just a child at heart, attendees can come run the equipment, excavators, and more – after signing a waiver, of course. According to Julie Berns, executive officer of SEABIA, this was the highlight of the show for a woman in her 80s last year, who had never had the chance to operate large equipment before.

Stop in Friday night and sample some wines while talking with vendors during the wine tasting event from 5-8 pm. “It just has a different atmosphere than most home shows,” says Julie. Wine tasting costs $25/person for adults 21 and older. Vendor booths will be open during the wine tasting hours.
General admission is $6 on Saturday and Sunday, free for children 12 and under. Tickets will be sold at the door. For Friday night’s event, visit seabia.com for ticket details.

For more info, call 463-5774, or visit seabia.com.

Mat-Su Home Show
April 7-9, Curtis D. Menard Sports Center, Wasilla

Friday 12-6 pm
Saturday 10 am-4 pm
Sunday 10 am-4 pm

Dream, plan and build at the 37th Annual Mat-Su Home Builders Spring Home Show, the largest show in the Mat-Su Valley featuring more than 100 vendors and drawing thousands of attendees.

Just by attending, you're given a chance to win a Blaze King stove, courtesy of Alaska Fireplace and Accessories, and a complimentary service from Denali Refuse. Be one of the first 100 people through the door on either day and win a free surprise gift.

General admission is $5 and free for active military and children under 12. On Friday the show will once again be holding a food drive, and admission is free with 5 cans of food. On Saturday and Sunday, seniors (65+) are free from 10 am-12 pm.

That same weekend, the Mat-Su Home Builders Association is also hosting the Spring Preview of Homes from 11 am-5 pm Saturday and Sunday. Explore the housing market in the Valley while touring beautiful homes. Stay tuned for more information at matsuhomebuilders.com.

For info, call 376-2620.

Kenai Peninsula Builders Association Home Show
April 8-9, Soldotna Regional Sports Complex

Saturday 9 am–6 pm
Sunday 11 am–5 pm

At the 38th Annual Home Show, presented by the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association and Spenard Builders Supply, look for “Knowledge You Can Build On.” The Kenai Peninsula’s oldest and largest trade show will feature more than 120 exhibits. You’ll find custom wood furniture and cabinetry, home security systems, garden supplies, home decorators, building supplies, custom home builders, home mortgage and loan information, spas, cash giveaways, hundreds of door prizes and much more – all under one roof.

As in previous years, a raffle will be held to benefit the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association’s scholarship fund, assisting Peninsula students who are pursuing building-related careers. In past years, KPBA members have built greenhouses, garden sheds, saunas, gazebos, playhouses and storage sheds, and they’re inviting you to come see – and possibly win! – what they have to offer this year. A prize-winning ticket will be drawn at the close of the show on Sunday.

Stay tuned for information on the exciting seminars at the show – details will be available in the Home Show Brochure, published by The Peninsula Clarion and at the door.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students, and children under the age of 12 and active military personnel are admitted free.

For info, call 283-8071.

2017 Anchorage Home Show
April 14-16, Alaska Airlines Center

Friday 12-8 pm
Saturday 10 am-7 pm
Sunday 10 am-4 pm

The Anchorage Home Show returns for its 57th year, showcasing more than 150 vendors at the Alaska Airlines Center. The longest-running trade show in the state attracts thousands of attendees every year, with more than 5,000 attendees last year.

Throughout the weekend, check out the informative seminars on a variety of topics: Learn about the Anchorage housing market, how to obtain financing and complete the construction of your home, how to choose the best roofing and many more seminars given by home show vendors.

Continuing an effort to empower women, the show will give away pink toolkits to the first 100 women each day of the event. On Friday, enjoy the hosted happy hour from 5-7 pm with beer and wine. In celebration of Easter, the Easter Bunny will visit throughout the weekend. On Sunday, Easter eggs will be given out with all sorts of prizes, including the grand prize of 25,000 Alaska Airline miles.

General admission is $10, $8 for seniors and military, and free for kids 12 and under.

And if you’re in the market for a new home, don’t miss the 25th annual Spring Preview of Homes from April 8-9. Check out the condos, townhouses and single-family homes in the Anchorage and Eagle River areas. For a map, visit ahba.net.

For more info, call 522-3605.