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LABA Home & Sports Show is this weekend in DL

Last year’s LABA Home & Sports Show drew good crowds to Freeman Arena. Brian Basham/Tribune

It may be slow in coming, but signs of spring are everywhere … and on March 23 and 24, it’s all over the Kent Freeman Sport Arena in Detroit Lakes.

The annual Lake Region Builders Associa-tion Home and Sports Show is once again popping up, and it’s sure to be jammed packed with everything spring.

“We are sold right out of booths,” said Brenda Eidenschink, the executive officer of LRBA.

“We have over 100 booths and depending on the year, we can get anywhere from 900 to 1,500 people attending the show over the weekend.”

The two-day event will be split up into two arenas where one side will be dedicated to sports enthusiasts and the other to all aspects of home building and improvements.

“We’ll have building contractors, electrical, plumbing contractors, flooring, appliances, spas … anything to do with a house, we’ll have it covered,” said Eidenschink.

She says people love attending the event because they can get a variety of questions answered, since all of the experts are gathered in one place, and also because they can get some fresh ideas.

“Things change from year to year with paint colors, designs and style, and so this is a great chance to get some ideas on the very latest on everything from floors to light fixtures,” she added.

But if anything can get a person fired up for summer, it’s the sportsman’s side of the show, where there will be a whole slew of ATVs, boats, docks, lifts, jet skis, motorcycles, hunting gear and even some scuba diving.

“People can bring their swimsuits and actually try scuba diving in a pool that Tri-State Diving will have there,” said Eidenschink, who says the scuba sampling is free.

“Jeremy Elbert will also be there – he is a hunting guide with a TV show on channel 6 on Saturday nights called Wildlife Pursuit,” said Eidenschink, “and so he’ll do some seminars and have a booth set up and will do autographs.”

An agency called ‘Operation Kid Safe’ will also be set up at the event to fingerprint children free of charge.

“They put it with a picture on a certificate and give it to the parents to have, and that way if something ever happened, they have that to give to the FBI or police,” said Eidenschink.

The Pelican River Watershed District will be on hand as well to give out information on invasive species that threaten the area waters.

Its seminar is one of several throughout the weekend, including those from Tri State Diving on Minnesota Ice Recovery; I’ll Tile & Stone on Tile By Design; Becker County Environmental on Composting and Rain barrels 101; MYY Design on How and Why to Use Interior Designers; Jay’s Garden Boutique on Fairy Gardens and Side Planting; and Jeremy Elbert on Wildlife Hunting.

The Masons will be there serving up lunch at the concession stand, and those in attendance can also check out the silent auction.

“We have over 150 items there, and all the money raised goes for scholarships for high school seniors going into the building trades,” said Eidenschink.

The cost of admission is $5 for adults with $1 of that going to the Becker County Food Pantry.  Children and youth 18 and under are free.

For more information on the event, including the seminars, call 847-0699.