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Don't miss the Home, Garden and Sport Show

The snow is melting; buds are budding and the 2012 Home, Garden & Sport Show is growing.

The event, set for Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25, will once again be held at the Kent Freeman Sports Arena in Detroit Lakes.

But this year, things are a little different -- a little bigger.

"We've added the sports show with it," said Sharon Westerholm, executive officer for the Lake Region Builder Association, the organization sponsoring the event.

"We wanted to try to make more traffic for everybody," Westerholm continued, "and we did have part sports in the other arena anyway (in previous years), so we decided to make the whole thing sports -- so we're full."

The sports side this year will be intended to entice outdoor sports enthusiasts with docks, lifts, campers, boats, ATVs and even a pool.

"So we encourage everyone to bring their swimsuits along because Gary Thompson (of Tri-State Diving) will be there to give everybody a chance to try scuba diving for free -- there will even be a place there to change," said Westerholm.

Along with the new additions to the event are the oldies and goodies.

This includes roughly 100 vendors in the fields of landscaping, metal roofing, basement, tile, lumber, garage doors, blinds, kitchen, bath, cabinetry, windows, geothermal and much more.

"There will be a park model home outside and an outdoor wood furnace outside all set up and running," said Westerholm.

For homeowners in search of some much needed answers, the ever-popular "Ask-a-Contractor" booth will be set up again.

"This is where people can stop and ask the member experts basic questions they may have about building," said Westerholm.

There will also be a silent auction set up to raise money for the Lake Region Builder Association, as the show is the non-profit's No. 1 fundraising event of the year.

But the fundraising won't go to the LRBA alone.

Raffle tickets are being sold for what is called "a crooked" playhouse.

"It's so cute," said Westerholm, "it's lopsided, so it has crooked windows, crooked door -- everything. It's adorable."

The drawing for that is Sunday at 4 p.m. with money raised being donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes.

Tickets can be purchased at the event or at Pro-Build, Stenerson's lumber, and the LRBA office.

There will also be a drawing for a $250 gas card from DinoMart.

Westerholm says another big draw will be the various seminars that will be sprinkled throughout the two-day event.

Saturday events

Starting at 11 a.m. fishermen can get a "fish's point of view" from Gary "Seal" Thompson of Tri-State Diving; at noon Skye Fingalson of Tile by Design will present "I'll tile & stone," at 12:30 p.m. Kevin Disse of KGD Engineering will discuss renewable energy for your home; at 1 p.m. a representative from the Pelican River Watershed will present tips to fight zebra mussels; at 1:30 p.m. Janaya Davis of Jay's Garden Boutique will present "Garden Art;" at 2 p.m. Belynda Nickolauson of Country Fields Greenhouse will crack out some "creative containers" and at 3 p.m. Steve Hanson of Habitat for Humanity will discuss habitat information.

Sunday events

Gary "Seal" Thompson is back with a second presentation on the Fish's Point of View; at 1 p.m. Belynda Nickolauson of Country Fields Greenhouse will demonstrate some landscaping for DIY'ers; 2 p.m. brings Brenda Enget to talk about Norwex and "cleaning your home the green way" and at 2:30 p.m. Janaya Davis of Jay's Garden Boutique will present "Living Wreaths."

The seminars and the show is designed to give homeowners what they want and the vendors what they need.

"If somebody is thinking about doing some remodeling or building, or buying a boat, we've pretty much got it covered here," said Westerholm, "and it gives them ideas on what they might want to do because they can see different ideas and talk to people about it," she said, adding that there is even a vendor with a virtual device that can show people what their place would look like with different furniture and designs.

Westerholm says while there are some new vendors this year, many choose to come back to the show year after year.

"They get leads, make sales, they contract for new homes and remodeling projects..." said Westerholm.

"It gives them the opportunity to be exposed to 1,500 people in one weekend -- maybe even closer to 2,000 if the weather is right."

The event is pretty booked up with vendors right now, but Westerholm says there are still a few vacancies for vendor booths.

For more information or to book a booth, call 847-0699 or log on to