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Serious buyers at Truckee Home Show are positive economic sign

Courtesy photoThe 2012 Truckee Home Show was a busy event chhock full of the latest in home design, green building techniques, workshops and yes, health and fitness seminars.

TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Just like every Memorial Day Weekend for the last two decades, hundreds of people flowed through the doors of the Truckee High School for the 20th Annual Truckee Home and Building Show. They were treated to the grandest selection of exhibits ever at this event. Truckee Donner Public Utility District gets the credit for bringing the Home Show to Truckee each year. They handed out free compact florescent light bulb packs and other gifts that help with energy and water conservation.andamp;#8220;This was the best Home Show ever, with beautiful displays and great traffic flow,andamp;#8221; said Pat Davison, director of CATT (Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe). CATT organizes and hosts the Regional Green Building Symposium at the Truckee Home and Building Show. This yearandamp;#8217;s symposium enjoyed a wide breadth of green building speakers during two days of presentations. Boasting 17 programs in all, the subjects ranged from andamp;#8220;Rain andamp; Snow Harvestingandamp;#8221; to andamp;#8220;Solar Hot Water Systems.andamp;#8221;The biggest buzz was the brand new Sierra Health andamp; Recreation Expo, which made its debut as an addition to the Truckee Home Show. The displays featured themes from fly fishing to paddle boarding to naturopathic medicine to saunas. It was deemed a very popular exhibit room. Tahoe Forest Health Care was on hand to teach participants about skin cancer prevention and the health benefits of walking. Genesa Living Foundation hosted the two-day andamp;#8220;Healthy Living Forum.andamp;#8221; Speakers educated the public on high altitude gardening, organic labeling, stress reduction and more andamp;#8212; 10 presentations in all.And, there is nothing like the Truckee Home and Building Show to bring out the latest technology and interesting ideas for the High Sierra home. Medicine cabinets that lock with a finger key pad and locking nightstand drawers that open with the ownerandamp;#8217;s fingerprints got a lot of attention.Home automation displays were a favorite as well. Many homeowners came looking to upgrade kitchens and baths, as well as windows, doors, fireplaces and flooring. Landscaping displays and outdoor fire pits took their share of the draw, too, as did interior dcor exhibits. Homeowners saw big opportunity in the residential dumbwaiters for hauling firewood, groceries and more up stairs. A working model was on display. Central vacuums, garage doors, elevators, appliances, snow blowers, gas barbecues and furniture were all included in the 140 displays that sprawled from one end of the Truckee High School to the other.Patio furniture sold like crazy. From general contractors to insulation companies the feedback was that the public was buying andamp;#8230; they showed up with particular projects in mind and had serious questions for the exhibitors. This is a good sign for the local economy.If you misplaced the brochure from your favorite exhibit or missed the event, visit to retrieve contact information or link to exhibitor websites. Planning is already underway for the 21st Annual Truckee Home and Building Show event, May 25 andamp; 26, 2013, and will continue to expand on the andamp;#8220;Home,andamp;#8221; andamp;#8220;Healthandamp;#8221; and andamp;#8220;Recreationandamp;#8221; themes. For more information give the Show office a call at 530-587-3477 or visit

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