MARQUETTE - The 39th annual U.P. Builders Show, the biggest in northern Michigan, runs Friday through Sunday at Northern Michigan University's Superior Dome.
Show organizers said a highlight of this year's expo will be a new layout. The show features more than 200 booths filled with 117 exhibitors - 11 of them new this year - showcasing their products and services. The expo offers vendors of all things house and home-related a chance to show off their services and products to an audience of 8,000 to 10,000 visitors annually.
"We have a wide range of exhibitors spanning just about every aspect of the building and remodeling industry from contractors, to insurance agents, to mortgage brokers, to building supplies, to insulation experts and much more," said expo co-chair Ross Broughton of the Upper Peninsula Builders Exchange.
A overview of the 2012 U.P. Builders Show is shown above. This year’s show will feature more than 200 booths filled with 117 exhibitors — 11 of them new this year — showcasing their products and services. The show offers the 8,000 to 10,000 visitors an opportunity to view just about everything available in the building industry. (Journal file photo)
The builders show is being held again this year during the second weekend of March to coincide with NMU's spring break week, Broughton said. Because the show is so huge, the entire week is needed to set up.
The centerpiece of this year's show will be a traveling Andersen Window display from The Window Store and ABC Seamless of Marquette. The installation will cover half of the business' large 45-by-48-foot central display. The other half of the display will feature its siding, gutters and roofing products. In the booth you can also grab a token to try your luck at a slot machine with some exciting prizes.
In addition to vendors, two charities have been invited to participate in weekend fundraisers. Included is Girl Scout Troop No. 5013, which will be taking orders and selling Girl Scout cookies as well as doing face painting.
The other charity is Habitat for Humanity of Marquette County, which will hold a 50/50 raffle and sell T-shirts, pins and items from its ReStore. There will also be information on its programs and how attendees can get involved.
Donations and volunteer opportunities will be accepted by both charities.
Again this year and free for the children will be kids activities ranging from Abra Cadabra Inflatables of Gladstone to face painting by the Girl Scouts and balloon animals made by Shriners clowns.
Several exhibitors are featuring demonstration and specialty booths, including:
Major sponsors of the show include Charter Media, Eagle Radio The Point & The Bay, and The Mining Journal.
Besides the booths, deals and demonstrations, there are major door prizes to be given away:
Compliments of the Builders Show, Best Buy of Marquette is giving away a Sony 32" Flat Screen TV - a $350 value.
Dunham's Sports of Marquette will give away a kayak, paddle and life jacket package worth $300.
Menards of Marquette will give away a $500 gift card.
Tractor Supply Co. of Negaunee has a Huskee self-propelled lawn mower - a $300 value - and a $300 children's John Deere battery powered loader as door prizes.
Donated door prizes include: an 18.2-cubic-foot Frigidaire refrigerator valued at $829 from American TV & Appliance of Marquette, a Milwaukee Cordless two-tool combo kit valued at $369 from O.K. Industrial Supply of Ishpeming and a $449 Seahawk five-person pedal boat with canopy from Tractor Supply Co.
Show hours are from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults and youths 13 years old and older, $2 for seniors 65 and older), $1 for kids 6-12 years old and free for kids 5 and younger.