Builders association to host 34th Home and Sport Show, March 19-20 at Detroit Lakes' Kent Freeman Arena

The Lake Region Builders Association will host its 34th annual Home and Sport Show this weekend, March 19-20 at Detroit Lakes' Kent Freeman Arena. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. Admission is just $5 per person.

Home and Sport Show 2017 attendees browsed items at the silent auction, including everything from wine and cheese baskets to handmade art. A silent auction is also planned for the 2022 event, which takes place this Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20 at Detroit Lakes' Kent Freeman Arena.
File photo / Meagan Pittelko / Detroit Lakes Tribune
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Though the snow and ice are still thick on the ground, thoughts of new, fresh home improvement, landscaping and construction projects have begun to bloom in the minds of lakes area residents.

Capitalizing on this annual phenomenon, the Lake Region Builders Association is preparing to host its 34th Annual Home and Sport Show this Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20 at Detroit Lakes' Kent Freeman Arena.

The two-day event pulls in hundreds of people eager to take in the ideas and expertise that populate the more than 60 vendors scattered throughout the venue, which actually includes two separate arenas.

One side is focused on home related exhibits, including landscaping, plumbing and heating, electricians, custom home builders and the like, while the other side is devoted to all things sports and outdoor recreation-related.

In addition, there will be a silent auction to benefit local scholarships for kids pursuing careers in the building trades. Those scholarships are given out annually, to students within LRBA’s five-county service area: Becker, Otter Tail, Mahnomen, Wilkin and Norman counties.


Door prizes are also part of the fun, along with gardening seminars. This year's seminars will be focused on "Tips and Tricks — Spring Readiness Inside and Out (Saturday, 11:30 a.m.); "Planting in Driftwood" (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.); "Yard and Garden Composting for Beginners (Sunday, 11:30 a.m.); and "How to Make a Spring Garden Gnome (Sunday, 1:30 p.m.).

Both morning presentations will feature Sandy Gunderson of Becker County Environmental Services, while the afternoon presentations will be presented by Jay's Garden Boutique.

Admission is $5 per person, with $1 of the proceeds from each ticket donated to the Becker County Food Pantry (based in Detroit Lakes) and Bridge Community Pantry (formerly the Perham Food Shelf).

Hours for the Home and Sports Show are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 19 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 20. For more information, please contact the Lake Region Builders Association at 218-847-0699 or . You can also visit the LRBA website at , or check out their Facebook page for updates.

If you go

What: Lake Region Builders Association's 34th Annual Home and Sport Show
When: Saturday, March 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, March 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Kent Freeman Arena, 1310 Rossman Ave., Detroit Lakes
How: Admission is $5 per person; visit for more information.

A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at
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