The Red Deer Fall Home Show is the place to be for people looking to give their homes a facelift.
This is the fifth year the fall show has been in Red Deer, but it’s the first year the event is being held at Westerner Park’s newest facility, Exhibition Hall.
“If you’re in the market for a new home, or in the market for renovation, this show is often the place where you get the best deals,” said Andrew Wiebe, president of BILD Central Alberta, which hosts the event.
“The economy has been tough in Red Deer and central Alberta these last few years. But we do find that there is some optimism out there and people are maybe thinking now might be the time to renovate or build.”
The home show began Friday and continues throughout the weekend. It will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The spring edition of the home show has been held in Red Deer for more than 30 years.
“We found there was a demand … to have a home show happen twice a year. The pace of change and innovation in this industry has increased, so having just one product show a year, you miss some things,” said Wiebe.
The spring show is a little bigger than the fall show, he added.
“The fall show tends to be more inside focused. People are starting to think about the longer winter ahead, when you spend a lot of time indoors.
“Whether it’s new paint for the master bedroom, or maybe new flooring in the family room, all the way up to that new kitchen or bathroom the family’s been dreaming of, all of those providers … that can accomplish that for you can be found here.”
Wiebe said he isn’t sure how many attendees will come to the weekend-long event, but expects a solid turnout.
“We pre-sold tickets online this year – it’s the second year we’ve done that – and we sold four times as many tickets online as we did this time last year. That’s a good sign.”
It’ll be a busy weekend at Westerner Park – the New Earth Expo and Carswell’s 29th annual Red Deer Christmas Antique and Vintage Show and Sale will be held Saturday and Sunday.
The Red Deer Rebels will also play two home games this weekend.