First trade show offered by DCIBA |

First trade show offered by DCIBA

Linda Hiller

The first Trade Show ’97, presented by the Douglas County Building Industry Association, is turning into a day that should be fun for adults and children alike, according to one of the organizers.

Fran Houle, DCBIA executive director, said she is astounded at the response the building community has given to this Sunday’s family-oriented event at Lampe Park.

“We’re getting more and more things for kids,” she said. “It’s great – there will be sack races, three-legged races, volleyball, tug of war, a nail-driving contest, and all the events for the kids are free.”

Adults can also participate in a tug of war, nail-driving contest and a backhoe contest with the winner taking all the prize money, she said. The backhoe contest will have an entry fee.

Houle said the first 200 children accompanied by an adult will receive a free surprise and throughout the day, prizes and raffle tickets will also be given to children.

“All kids will win prizes,” Houle said. “There will be no one left out. We even have a mountain bike for a grand prize to the kids raffle.”

Other prizes for this raffle include a $100 savings bond and safety equipment for roller blades or skateboards, she said.

Parents can shop at any of the 40 booths, including the builder’s “yard sale,” while their children play games organized for different age groups, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We have gotten a super response to the builder’s yard sale,” Houle said, adding that donated items include hundreds of gallons of paint, downdraft stoves, many windows and sliding doors as well as a huge assortment of building supplies.

“This will be big. We have semi-trucks coming in. It is the chance of a lifetime, especially if you’re remodeling,” Houle said. “They’ll be ready to wheel and deal and bargain for the best prices.”

One of the “adult” raffles being held at the event is for four main prizes, including a storage shed being built on site by A.C. Houston, a wood-burning stove, 15 tons of gravel, a $100 gift certificate from a local nursery plus several other prizes. Tickets are 6 for $5 for this raffle.

The winners of the other big raffle, with only 220 tickets being sold for $100 each, will take home a 1997 Ford Ranger, a 46-inch projection TV or a leather recliner.

Food drink booths will also be a part of Trade Show ’97. The event is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 14 from 8 a.m to 5 p.m at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.

Proceeds from the one-day event will go to pay off the Fire Safety Trailer which helps teach children the best way to get out of a burning structure. The trailer is used all over Douglas County to teach fire safety.

Volunteer firefighters will be on hand to help with the trailer in addition to passing out prizes to participants.

“We’re amazed at the response we’ve gotten,” said Vicki Morrison, DCBIA secretary and one of the event’s organizers. “We’re still getting FAXes in from people wanting to participate or donate.”

“This has really turned out to be a great day for kids,” Houle said. “They should have a ball.”

For more information, call Houle at 267-1000 or Morrison at 782-5042.