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Spring 2016 Home Shows
If your spring home-improvement list is growing, there’s good news! The home show season is right around the corner to help you kick-start those plans and projects. From Kenai to Fairbanks, each show features the newest ideas and products in building, remodeling, decorating, landscaping and other home-related services. Here are some highlights of upcoming shows.
April 15-17, Alaska Airlines Center (NEW LOCATION!)
Friday 12-6 pm • Saturday 10 am-6 pm • Sunday 10 am-5 pm
Now in its 56th year, the Anchorage Home Show is the longest-running trade show in the state, attracting thousands of attendees every year. Visit with more than 150 vendors at the show’s new location, the Alaska Airlines Center. “The new and improved venue is encouraging our exhibitors to really change up their look this year,” says Nikki Giordano, executive officer of the Anchorage Home Builders Association.
Seminars and classes will take place throughout the weekend brought to you by various home show vendors. In an effort to help empower women, the show will give away pink toolkits to the first 100 women each day. Free water bottles will also be handed out to the first 1,000 people each day.
General admission is $10, $8 for seniors and military, and free for kids 12 and under.
And don’t miss the 24th annual Spring Preview of Homes on April 9-10. Condos, townhouses and single-family homes will be in various stages of construction and open for viewing in Anchorage and Eagle River. For a map, visit ahba.net.
For info, call 522-3605.
IABA Home Show
April 1-3, Carlson Center, Fairbanks
Friday 2-8 pm • Saturday 10 am- 6pm • Sunday 11 am-5 pm
The 32nd annual IABA Home Show has become a major community event for people interested in every aspect of northern living. It is the only home show in Fairbanks and has become the unofficial kick-off to spring and the building season. From financing to new construction, to remodeling to refurnishing, it’s all there in one location on one floor with lots of free parking. At this year’s show, you’ll find free seminars all weekend long with tips and advice on improving your home and saving money.
Last year’s three-day event was a big hit, featuring more than 140 different vendors and drawing more than 5,000 people. The show’s continued success is due to the quality of the vendors and the home-related merchandise available at the event. This year’s theme, Dr. Suess – Alaska Built Whoville, will prove popular with the young and the young at heart.
Be sure to sign up for those door prizes. The grand prize is a choice between a Las Vegas getaway, a Cancun getaway, or a cruise supplied by Denali State Bank and airline miles by MacCheyne’s Carpets Plus.
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 News-Miner the week of the show.
For info, call 474 -9082.
Mat-Su Home Builders
April 1-3, Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Complex
Friday 12-6 pm • Saturday 10 am-6 pm • Sunday 10 am-4 pm
Dream, plan and build at the 36th Annual Mat-Su Home Builders Spring Home Show, the largest and most-attended show in the Valley featuring more than 100 vendors with information regarding energy, weatherization, money-saving ideas and green building options. Last year’s show was a success with more than 2,300 attendees and a food drive that brought in 200 pounds of food.
The first 75 people through the door each day will receive a free, surprise gift. Other door prizes will be given away hourly throughout the weekend. And don’t forget to enter the drawing for the grand prize of 10,000 Alaska Airlines miles courtesy of GCI. On Saturday, Adopt-A-Pet and the Blood Bank of Alaska will be on site.
General admission is $5 and free for active military and children under 12. On Friday, enjoy a special admission price of $2 or free with 5 cans of food. On Saturday and Sunday, seniors (65+) are free from 10 am-12 pm.
In conjunction with the home show is the MSHBA 2016 Spring Preview of Homes, April 2-3. Various homes in the Mat-Su Valley will be open for viewing. For more a schedule and map, visit matsuhomebuilders.com.
For info, call 376-2620.
Kenai Peninsula Builders Association Home Show
April 9-10, Soldotna Regional Sports Complex
Saturday 9 am–6 pm • Sunday 11 am–5 pm
At the 37th Annual Home Show, presented by the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association and Spenard Builders Supply, expect to find “Ideas to Build on.” Among the more than 100 exhibits, you’ll find custom wood furniture and cabinetry, home security systems, garden supplies, custom home builders, home mortgage and loan information, spas, cash giveaways, hundreds of door prizes and much more – all under one roof.
A raffle will be held to benefit the Kenai Peninsula Builder’s Association scholarship fund, which assists students on the Peninsula who are pursuing building-related careers. This year’s prize is a beautiful garden shed. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. The winning ticket will be drawn at the close of the show on Sunday.
Seminars will be scheduled for both days, and information will be available in the Home Show Brochure, published by the Peninsula Clarion and available in the Friday paper, as well as at the door.
Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students, and children under 12 and active military personnel are admitted free.
For info, call 283-8071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.