Truckee home show grows, small town spirit remains
TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; The 90th annual Truckee Home andamp; Building Show filled the Truckee High School again with everything from garage doors to wood stoves, in fact everything you need to build or remodel your Sierra mountain home. But something else filled the Home Show andamp;#8230; small town neighborly spirit that separates us from larger communities and grand scale home shows.On Saturday, the Home Show exhibits filled the two gymnasiums and sprawled across the front lawn and parking areas of the school. Maybe no one was surprised as snow started to fall Saturday, and by Saturday evening an impressive collection of snow pack covered everything from lawn furniture to pop-up tents. Well, pop-up tents are not known for carrying a great snow load and we all might expect to find a sea of collapsed tents the next morning. Not in Truckee. As it turns out, exhibitors came down to the Show during the night to clean off their tents. In the spirit of our generous community they not only cleaned their own tent but all the rest in the parking lot. By morning only one tent had tipped sideways which a few men joined together to fix. Others grabbed shovels and cleared steps, walkways and displays. By the 10 a.m. opening time the outdoor displays were ready to go. This turned out to be quite a testimony to those exhibitors who came from out of our area. andamp;#8220;This is the kind of thing you see small towns,andamp;#8221; said local Jim Schmidt with The Great Outdoor Landscape Company. Schmidt was part of the middle-of-the-night snow clearing effort.Turn out? The Truckee Home Show was a sell out. With the largest number of exhibitors on display in the Home Show’s history the event was packed and the crowds poured in either in spite of or because of the inclement weather. Recreation displays were added to the theme and may have contributed to the event’s success. andamp;#8220;The Sierra Recreation Expo, the newest part of the Memorial weekend event, is still in a building phase and even though some of the outdoor displays packed up early or did not set up due to weather issues, we are expecting this aspect of the event to grow next year,andamp;#8221; said Pam Neff, event coordinator.The Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe (CATT) pulled off the best attended Regional Green Building Symposium in the five-year run for this program. The Green Symposium brings together professionals in many areas of sustainable construction and educates the public on the elements of green building. Many people walked through the doors of the Home Show with their Green Symposium schedules in hand headed for the massive green-built structure which housed the Symposium presentations.Raycore and Mt. Lincoln Construction are to thank for providing this impressive venue for the speakers. Mike Bernard from MHD Studio deserves special mention for organizing the Green Brick Road of door prizes given to show attendees.The Truckee Donner Public Utility District was again the star attraction as they handed out free florescent light bulbs and provided information, free gifts and education related to energy efficiency. The Truckee Donner Public Utility District presents the Truckee Home andamp; Building Show each year as a community service every Memorial Day Weekend. Find photos on the Truckee Home Show Facebook page, more information at http://www.truckeehomeshow.com or call 530-587-3477.andamp;#8212; Submitted to email@example.com
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