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Home and Builder's Show
Shannon Smith of Fas-Break Windshield Repair, right, talks with Petey Croshaw about her husbands chipped windshield during the 30th Annual Home and Builder's Show in 2009 at Christensen Field. (Chris Bristol/Fremont Tribune)

People will see more green-minded displays and the return of a popular entertainment family at the 32nd Annual Fremont Home and Builders Show this weekend.

The show, sponsored by the Construction Employers Association of Fremont, will open at the Christensen Field Community Center from 6-9 p.m. Friday, and continue from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, and from noon until 5 p.m. Sunday.

"The new trend for some of these tax credits has been an emphasis on going green," Event Coordinator Ron Spahni said. "I think it's what people are looking for. The consumers that come out are looking at saving money on heating bills and things like that."

Local retailers, he said, are conscious of environmental and money-saving trends, with products ranging from efficient light bulbs to home heating systems, and from fuel-saving vehicles to landscaping that uses less water.

All 93 vendor booths, as usual, have been sold, Spahni said.

"Usually it's sold out by the end of August," he said.

The event offers vendors a chance to meet potential customers, introduce new products, receive consumer feedback, and visit other business people in related fields.

"It's a good show, a very good value for the money," Spahni said. "As far as communities our size, it's rated as one of the top shows."

"Vendors who go to other shows come here and they say they get better follow-ups, they get better leads, and their services are more in demand than in other communities. They like to come here because it generates business," he said.

Vendors come from a large area, including national companies, but Spahni said the emphasis is on local businesses.

Admission to the public is free. Organizers estimated around 4,000 people attended last year and expect a similar crowd this year.

Spahni said weather can affect attendance, "but we're looking toward pretty good weather, it's supposed to be pretty nice."

Back by popular demand is Philio, a family group featuring violins, cellos and other stringed instruments.

"We have had really good entertainment the last couple years and they were requested back. It's a free show," Spahni said.

Dr. Joel and Kathy Bessmer's 12 children, ranging in age from 6 to 20, make up the group, named after the Greek word meaning brotherly love.

They will perform Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.

The Home and Builders Show benefits the Construction Employers Association's scholarship fund for area students pursuing an education in construction related fields.

The association offers $5,000 to $14,000 a year in scholarship funding, Spahni said.

"It could be for interior design, drafting, or anything in the construction field," Spahni said. "It's also not just for Fremont, it's the Fremont area. Last year we had an individual from Cedar Bluffs who got a scholarship."


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