Another early spring and little snow left inspired families to turn out in great numbers for the 37th Annual Home Show. The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association (KPBA)and Spenard Builders Supply (SBS) were pleased to present a very well attended show and a sold out arena of vendors. Attendance was extremely strong, with several thousand visitors on Saturday alone. As always, we were happy to see the large number of families present,” said Cindy Rombach, KPBA executive officer. For many years the Home Show has been an economic forecaster for the summer construction season, “I’m humbled by the turn out this weekend,” said Jeff Warton, SBS manager, “It’s really great, there are more people here than I expected and that bodes well for the upcoming construction season. We have seen interest in cabins or rental cabins and a lot of folks wanting to remodel decks and facilities to accommodate visitors for the coming tourist season. We just got in a product called Wild Hog Railing, which is an outdoor form of railing that is almost transparent to the eye and quick and easy to install and is very cost effective compared to some of the cable rail systems.”
Dale Bagley of Redoubt Realty show cased his new building on K-Beach Rd. and said his favorite part of the annual event was learning about all the new products and of course the chance to win great prizes. Joe Gallagher from Homer Electric Association presented $500 cash to Ryan Dablemont, this year’s winner “Ryan took his entry form around the show to KPBA member booths to have his form stamped, and ended up being the 2016 lucky winner. We started the Home Show stamping over 15 years ago as a fun way to spotlight our KPBA member exhibitors, and it’s still going strong today. HEA is our original sponsor, and continues to support this popular Home Show tradition,” reported Rombach. The Annual Garden Shed Raffle to benefit the KPBA Scholarship Fund was won by Dick Evenson. He purchased his winning $5 ticket at the show on Sunday afternoon. This year the KPBA will be awarding four $1,000 scholarships to area youth who are pursuing building related careers “Our thanks to the community for supporting this worthwhile fundraiser through the years,” she said. Door prizes were given away every ten minutes throughout the weekend, and hundreds of show-goers walked away with everything from hefty gift cards to local building supply companies, greenhouses, local restaurants and coffee houses, potted plants and flowers, to power tools and handmade birdhouses. According to Rombach, the Traeger grill sponsored by First American Title and provided by Sterling Supply was won by Jodi Smith; the mountain bike sponsored by Hanson’s Roofing was won by the Ashkenasy family. “We’d like to thank Davis Block for their great display at the entrance of the Sports Complex – it was extremely popular and a fun touch to the show. Davis Block was selected as one of the outstanding 2016 exhibitors this year, and awarded a ribbon by the KPBA Board of Directors for their efforts. Other exhibitors to receive awards were – Best of Show, Alaska Remote Builders; Most Informative, Far North Roller Derby; Best Double Booth, Builders Choice; Best Single Booth, Mt. Spur Cabinets & Millwork. As always, the Central Peninsula Garden Club had a delightful and popular display, and those visiting their booth were treated to tomato plants and a wealth of information for the upcoming gardening season.” KPBA is already planning for and looking forward to the 38th Annual Home Show.