IABA Home Show to open Friday
March 12, 2013 3:00 PM
by HEATHER BLAKE
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It’s that time of year again.

The 34th annual Indiana-Armstrong Builders Association Home Show is gearing up for another year of bringing the latest and greatest in home enhancement needs under one roof for visitors’ one-stop shopping and consulting.

The show will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the S&T Bank Arena at the White Township Recreation Complex, and will showcase seven or eight new vendors and newer innovations, said Dick Clawson, executive director of the IABA.

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“We’ve got some newer, high-tech heating systems that are going to be displayed. These are ones that can be operated from your smartphone,” Clawson said. There’s also going to be some “new, high-efficient energy equipment for the (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) part of it.”

“We have a gentleman that’s going to be able to test your home for efficiency as far as air leakage and if there’s a need for more insulation,” he added.

Clawson said half of the Home Show, in terms of booth exhibitors, has been there for the whole 34-year run. This year, he said, some of the older vendors have added extra booth space, or “doubled up from one to two.”

This year’s show will feature 100 exhibitors and 135 booths displaying various products and services, Clawson said.

A benefit of the Home Show is that guests get to view building and home remodeling products all under one roof, instead of traveling to several different locales, said IABA President Matt Houser.

“Consumers can visit with contractors and specialists in all different trades,” Houser said. “There are a variety of booths, from banking and construction to landscaping. There’s something for everybody.”

To give an example of how much the Home Show has grown, Houser said the event sells out its booth space each year, and there’s a waiting list for prospective participants.

Admission is $3 for adults and free for children 16 and under with a paying adult.

“It is very inexpensive to gain admission to the Home Show,” Houser said.

There also will be a full-service concession stand, Clawson said, and free parking is available.

“It’s accessible and very easy to get to,” he said.

Clawson said he hopes to have a turnout of around 3,000 to 3,500, what he said has been the average over the years.

Currently, 155 members belong to the IABA, Clawson said.

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