2011 Isanti Home Show this weekend

Rachel Kytonen
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The 11th Annual Isanti Home Show will be held this weekend, once again bringing thousands of people to the area, and giving visitors a chance to meet one-on-one with a wide variety of vendors.

The 2011 Home Show will once again offer a wide variety of vendors. The Home Show will be held March 26 and March 27 at the David C. Johnson Civic Arena in Isanti. File photo by Rachel Kytonen.

The Isanti Home Show will be held Saturday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the David C. Johnson Civic Arena in Isanti.

Debbie Bray, owner of LionShare Enterprises LLC and producer of the Home Show, continues to work hard to make it the best home show in the region.

“There are other shows that you can go to in the area,” Bray said, “but I work very hard to ensure the Isanti Home Show continues to be the biggest and the best in the area.”

The Home Show will once again have some new features and vendors, and connect visitors to landscapers, home remodeleres, heating and cooling specialists, financial institutions, construction contractors and subcontractors, and many more.

“The main course of the Isanti Home Show is the solid connections that visitors and vendors create each year,” Bray said. “Especially in this economy, where we have to be careful how we spend our resources, a trade show is one of the best ways to meet face to face with a business and be able to compare notes.”

New to the show this year is the addition of a Healthy Living/Senior Expo. Bray hopes to incorporate this “mini” show inside the Home Show that will offer visitors resources for help with exercise, healthy food, and fun ways to stay healthy.

“I relied on word of mouth to contact vendors that may be interested in showcasing their goods and services at the Healthy Living Expo this year,” Bray said. “Once people see this year’s show, hopefully more will see the potential and want to promote their businesses.”

Unique to the show this year is a “Roving Auction,” with local auctioneer Lee Ann Vande Kamp of Vande Kamp Auctions.

“I wanted to have some unique entertainment at the show, and I wanted to have visitors not be stuck in one location,” Bray said. “So that’s why the ‘roving auction’ idea came to play.”

One-hundred percent of the proceeds of the auction will benefit this year’s Home Show benefactor, Cart to Cupboard. The auctions will only last for 10 minutes, and auction times are 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Auction items will include a basketball autographed by Gopher Coach Tubby Smith; fitness package (includes free enrollment, one month membership, t-shirt & water bottle); Delta 1455 Tub & Shower Head Assembly; low level carbon monoxide detector; assorted jewelry; and much more.

Cart to Cupboard, a program of the Isanti County Commission on Aging, assists the local senior citizens in any way they need—whether it’s food, shopping or working around the home.

And like always, visitors will have a chance to win some great door prizes including a comfy recliner, E-Reader, 33 gallon, 150 psi Air Compressor, and a 360 Grill with removable plate for easy cleanup. Individual vendors will also have some door prizes at their booths.

The Home Show offers free admission, but Bray asks that visitors support Cart To Cupboard by bringing in at least a $1 donation and a food shelf item.

More information on the Isanti Home Show is available by calling 763-444-8303, visiting www.isantihomeshow.com or by emailing [email protected]

For more information on the Home Show’s benefactor, Cart to Cupboard, visit www.carttocupboard.com.