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Home Show in fourth decade; Opens Friday

by NICOLE ROSER nroser@indianagazette.net on March 15, 2011 2:00 PM

Back for its 32nd year, the Indiana-Armstrong Builders Association Home Show will be held Friday through Sunday at the S&T Bank Arena at the White Township Recreation Complex.

The show will feature approximately 130 booths and approximately 100 exhib-itors, and door prizes will be awarded.

Consumers will be able to view the show from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The admission cost is $3 for adults, and children 16 and younger will be admitted for free with a paying adult.

Parking is free for the event, and a concession stand will be open at the center.

This year's products, according to Dick Clawson, executive director of the IABA, will promote solar energy ideas and "green"-friendly products.

He also said "just about anything new will be shown."

Clawson said the show benefits everyone, because consumers will learn about products that will get them money reimbursed through an energy-efficiency savings rebate. In addition, many areas of home-building information will be also available on site.

"This is one-stop shopping for building and home improvement needs," he said.

According to Clawson, this is a great opportunity for both consumers and contractors, because many use this as a chance to set up business, develop a relationship and to see what they can do. 

Clawson, who has been involved with the association for 34 years and was involved when the first show was set up, said he expects the show to be sold out as it has been in previous years.

"I hope people will come out and see the newest products," he said. "My favorite thing about the show is seeing everybody walk away with some new knowledge."

The Indiana-Armstrong Builders Association has 175 members. For more information about the association or the home show, contact Clawson at (724) 349-2327 or visit www.iabuilders.com.

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