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Spring 2018 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 23-25
Carlson Center, Fairbanks

The 34th 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, “It’s All Fun & Games at the IABA Home Show.” 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.”

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 Aaron’s Sales & Lease.

Admission is $5, children 12 and under are free, and includes access to all seminars and hands-on demonstrations. Schedules will be available at fairbanksevents.com listed in the Fairbanks Daily Newsminer the week of the show.

For more info, call 474-9082.

Kenai Peninsula Builders Association Home Show
April 7-8
Soldotna Regional Sports Complex

At the 39th annual Home Show, presented by the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association and Spenard Builders Supply, come learn about “Healthy Homes ~ Healthy Community.” 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.

In keeping with the home show tradition, a raffle will be held to benefit the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association’s scholarship fund. “Each year, the KPBA awards thousands of dollars to Kenai Peninsula students who are pursuing building-related careers, which is partially funded by this once-a-year raffle,” says Cindy Rombach of the KPBA. 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.

2018 Anchorage Home Show
April 13-15
Alaska Airlines Center

The Anchorage Home Show returns for its 58th 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.

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 26th annual Spring Preview of Homes from April 21-22. 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.

2018 Alaska Home & Lifestyle Fair
April 27-29
Centennial Hall, Juneau

Presented by the Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association (SEABIA), this year’s show has a new name! The first ever Alaska Home & Lifestyle Fair is a one-stop destination to find everything that pertains to the Alaskan lifestyle – inside and out. Exhibitors will feature home improvement products and services for every type of project imaginable as well as experienced business for consulting or hire. The Alaska Home & Lifestyle Fair will also include raffles, kid activities, seminars and entertainment.

Stop in Friday night for an evening happy hour event with light bites and wine. Are you looking to buy a home for the first time? Remodeling your house? The happy hour event is a good opportunity to have face-time with experts of all kinds. $25/person for adults 21 and older (ticket valid all weekend). Vendor booths will be open during the wine tasting hours.

General admission is $5 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 27-29
Curtis D. Menard Sports Center, Wasilla

Dream, plan and build at the 38th 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.

Be one of the first 100 people through the door on either day and win a free surprise gift. Blood Bank of Alaska will be holding a mobile blood drive all day Saturday and Adopt-a-Pet will be at the show all day Saturday with cats and dogs available for adoption!

On Sunday, it's Veteran Appreciation Day at the Show, including a free BBQ from 2-4 pm and a Military Family Motorcycle Rally. The event is hosted by American Legion post 35 and sponsored by US Bank.

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 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.

What's In

Exhibitors at the upcoming home shows share what’s hot right now in home products and trends