Annual Home Show Keeps it Fresh for 50 Years

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Sustaining an annual home show for 50 years is a lot like sustaining a marriage: The key is finding ways to keep things fresh.

The New Hampshire Home Show celebrated its golden anniversary last month, and organizers acknowledge a big part of the show’s success is its inventive programming.

As workforce development continues to become a higher priority, this year’s show added a Tiny House competition in which students from four high schools built “tiny houses” with the help and mentorship of local HBA members. The homes were then made available for purchase during the home show.

NAHB Second Vice Chairman Greg Ugalde poses alongside his fellow judges and some of the winners of the Junior Lego Build competition.

The show also brought back the Junior Lego Build — a contest that was first held last year when kids between the ages of 5 and 12 competed by building homes out of Legos. The inaugural contest drew a large number of spectators and contestants, and it was even more popular this year.

Several elected state officials as well as NAHB leaders attended this year’s show to help commemorate the historic 50-year milestone.  New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, Senator Maggie Hassan and Manchester, N.H. Mayor Ted Gatsas all came to pay tribute to the New Hampshire HBA, which runs this show. NAHB Second Vice Chairman Greg Ugalde also joined the festivities.

“Our state association has a very strong government affairs program. Many of our highly active members are very politically engaged and their personal relationships helped strengthen and sustain [the show’s] successful attendance record,” NHHBA President Paul Sullivan said.

Dianne Beaton, a member of NAHB’s Public Affairs and Resolutions committees, also emphasized the value of maintaining positive, open working relationships with elected area officials.

“We have taken the time to help them understand that what they do each day can affect what our members do day in and day out,” Beaton said. “We believe they feel it is important to be at the table with us at all levels.”

For more information about how to reach out to your local officials, email NAHB’s VP of Intergovernmental Affairs Karl Eckhart or call 202-266-8319.



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