Sandboxes, toolboxes, cash grab and food trucks are all part of the 2019 Builders’ Home Show & Lifestyle Expo at the Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds this weekend.
“It’s hard for parents to come and be able to look around while the kids are bored,” said Donna Durckel, executive director of the Helena Building Industry Association, which puts on the home show. “So, we’ve made it really family friendly.”
The children’s area, which also includes face painting by Carroll College women’s track and field athletes, popcorn and balloons, is being sponsored by The Home Depot and invites children to make their own wooden toolboxes. A big sandbox, sponsored by Helena Sand and Gravel, invites children to climb in and dig, dump and pile. Eggs are hidden inside the sand and can be exchanged for a small prize.
Industrial services make up another area, and home accessories are in a third area.
With nearly 200 booths, the event has information and deals for everyone. Outside the hall, machinery of all types and sizes are set up for display.
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“The show is to show the diversity and professionalism of the industry,” Durckel said. “From ground to finish, it’s here.”
New this year is a beer and wine tent, sponsored by Crooked Furrow Brewing, and the expert stage. The stage is set up for a fireside chat and, starting at 10 a.m., topics will be addressed by experts, including those working in banking, building, lumber supply and stone and tile.
Food trucks, including The Missionary and Saigon Alley and The Nutty Montanan, will be outside the expo hall.
The Builders’ Home Show and Lifestyle Expo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5.