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Home & Sports Show around the corner

Kent Freeman Arena is transformed from a hockey rink to a showcase for area home and recreational vendors during the Lake Region Builders Association’s annual Home & Sports Show, which is set for March 22-23. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

Folks with the Lake Region Builder’s Association seem to have a way of hitting the nail on the head with their annual Home & Sport Show, as the event typically draws well over 1,000 visitors.

This year is expected to be no different.

The event is set for Saturday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Sunday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kent Freeman Sports Arena in Detroit Lakes.

The show provides quite the smorgasbord of everything ‘home’ as over 90 vendors will be set up on both sides of the facility.

“We’ve got building contractors, plumbing, electrical, flooring, a mosquito squad — anything having to do with a house, it’s probably there,” said Brenda Eidenschink, who is the executive officer for the Lake Region Builder’s Association.

Eidenschink says there are a lot of excited people who show up ready to get some good spring project ideas and even some who show up with blueprints to tap into some of the expertise on hand.

“And then on the sports side, we’ll have docks, boat lifts, boats, pontoons, motorcycles, and we’ve got Jeremy Albert there,” said Eidenschink of the TV show host of “Wildlife Pursuit.”

The outdoorsman will be putting on a youth archery shoot for kids under the age of 13 both days from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Kids can come in for free to do this. They just have to have a parent with them,” said Eidenschink, who says they’ll be setting up an area for the shoot where kids can get a taste of bow hunting by practicing with recurve bows and arrows.

Food Network Chef and Park Rapids-area resident Amy Thielen will be at the show doing a cooking demo on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

She will also be doing an autograph signing for her cookbook “The New Midwestern Table” — a collection of 200 Midwestern-style recipes, which will be on-hand for purchase at the show.

There will be other seminars to take in during the two-day show, including a wine tasting event with Seven Sisters Spirits on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., and Jay’s Garden Boutique on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday at 11:30 a.m..

There will also be a silent auction going on, which raises money for scholarships that go to local students pursuing education in the building trades.

“Over the years we’ve raised about $200,000 in silent auction items that have all gone to these scholarships, so we’re really excited about that,” said Eidenschink, who says last year alone the show raised $8,500 for scholarships.

There will also be a $250 cash drawing for participants who drop their ticket stubs in the bucket that will be drawn from on Sunday.

The cost to get into the Home & Sports Show is $5 for adults; youth 17 and under are free.

“And that $5 gets you into the show and into all of these really neat seminars, so it’s just a really good deal,” said Eidenschink, who expects this year to be a well-attended event because so far Mother Nature is cooperating.

“It’s nice outside, but there’s still snow — if there were no snow on the ground it would kill our show because too many people would want to be outside,” she laughed.

“So we’re hoping the weather is nice so that people want to get out, but not too nice.”

For questions on the show, contact Brenda Eidenschink or any Lake Region Builder’s Association representative at 218-847-0699.