Home Builders show thrives in new location

For the third year, the Home Builders Association of West Michigan's Home & Outdoor Living Show was held at the Little River Casino Resort. (Michelle Graves/News Advocate)

For the third year, the Home Builders Association of West Michigan’s Home & Outdoor Living Show was held at the Little River Casino Resort. (Michelle Graves/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — Since moving to the Little River Casino Resort three years ago, the Home & Outdoor Living Show has grown.

Close to a thousand people attended the 25th annual show throughout the weekend, hosted by the Home Builders Association (HBA) of West Michigan. However, it previously was called the Home & Garden Show.

The Home Builders Association of West Michigan's Home & Outdoor Living Show brings the community and vendors together to show what they have to offer. (Michelle Graves/News Advocate)

The Home Builders Association of West Michigan’s Home & Outdoor Living Show brings the community and vendors together to show what they have to offer. (Michelle Graves/News Advocate)

This year, 53 vendors from the HBA’s four county area set up booths in the casino’s conference center.

“Previous to the casino we were at the Mason County Fairgrounds,” said Jack VanderBie, HBA president. “The show was going downhill when we had it there; it was cold.”

He said the first year the show was held at the casino there were around 30 vendors, and the next year it grew to more than 40.

“It works out really well. Everybody is having a great show,” VanderBie said.

Vendors from Manistee, Mason, Lake, Oceana counties included Stanley Steamer, Caldwell Banker, Bob’s Roofing, Larsen’s Landscaping, Lowes, Gloria’s Flower Garden, Bear Lake Hardware, Hopwood’s Heating and Cooling, Empire Contracting and many more.

“The purpose of the show is to bring knowledge to local people on the vendors, different contractors and things they have to offer — plumbing, heating and building contractors — to put the information out to the community,” said VanderBie.

With the number of people who attend the show, vendors gain a lot of public exposure, he said.

“When you get that amount of volume coming through the casino, talking to the different vendors, it’s a very good show for them,” he added. “We’d like to thank the casino for letting us have this room in order to make the show happen, make it successful.”

Nearly a thousand people attended the Home & Outdoor Living Show at Little River Casino Resort to learn more about the vendors, including McCardel Culligan. (Michelle Graves/News Advocate)

Nearly a thousand people attended the Home & Outdoor Living Show at Little River Casino Resort to learn more about the vendors, including McCardel Culligan. (Michelle Graves/News Advocate)

The show also included a presentation, “How to design your dream home” on Friday and “Fire prevention for homeowners” on Saturday.

“We had the Forest Service here this year to do a Fire Wise program,” VanderBie said. “This is the first year they’ve been here. They spoke about wildfire, and how to protect your property and your home and what you can do to prevent wildfire.”

The Home Builders Association of West Michigan is a group of builder and associate members that work together to have its views heard in state legislature, educate members on changes in the industry, promote professionalism, and provide services and group benefit plans to members.

“If somebody came and put an application in for membership, we ask around the table who knows this individual,” said VanderBie. “We want to stay above — we want to be the higher standards. We strive on doing trainings, code updates and basically are here to answer other people’s questions.”

The HBA also works to educate the public on the advantages of only hiring licensed contractors.

For more information on the HBA, visit www.hbawest.com.

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Posted by Michelle Graves

Michelle is the managing editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3106 or mgraves@pioneergroup.com.

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