Andrea McGregor and boyfriend Jason Powers check out an all-terrain vehicle during last year’s Brandon Home and Leisure Show at the Keystone Centre. This year’s three-day event starts Friday. (FILE PHOTO)
This weekend’s 48th annual Brandon Home and Leisure Show will feature the latest indoor, outdoor, travel and recreation products, all under one roof.
Nearly 170 exhibitors will take over 96,000 square feet of the Keystone Centre starting Friday afternoon. Although the three-day event will be similar to years past, a new addition will include a selection of modular homes.
Show manager Dave Melcosky said the modular home business has really taken off in the past year and is something they wanted to be able to showcase.
"Because of the activity in the oilpatch and in the influx of new immigrants into Brandon, the housing market has changed," Melcosky said. "A lot of people looking to work near Virden, Melita and Pipestone, they’re looking at modular homes as opposed to housing because there’s a shortage of housing in some of those areas."
There will be three modular homes on site including two vacation-style homes and one regular residence, along with a wide selection of hot tubs, sunroom additions, decorations for both indoors and outdoors as well as decks and fences.
"If you’re decorating, buying or building or moving out to the lake, all the products that we sell encompass that."
On the travel and recreation side of things, he added, there will be plenty of boats, lawn and garden tractors as well as docks, fireplaces, motorcycles and quads and other motor vehicles on display.
Exhibitors have been busy setting up for the event since the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair wrapped up last week, he said.
The doors will be open Friday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. For a full list of exhibitors, visit brandonhomeshow.ca.
Admission is $6.50 per person and children under 12 are free. Those who purchase tickets will automatically be entered into a draw to win nearly $5,000 worth of products, which include a custom kitchen counter top and a barbecue.
Melcosky encourages those attending the show to access it through the show’s main entrance at the curling club doors on the east side of the Keystone Centre.
Last year, the growing trade-show saw upwards of 10,000 visits.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 10, 2014