Special Attractions Abound at Fall Home & Remodeling Show

Sept. 2, 2011

In addition to the hundreds of home improvement and remodeling exhibitors, the 21st Annual Fall Home & Remodeling Show will feature the Time Warner Cable “Relaxation Station” and Digital Express Unit, the Milwaukee/NARI Information Center featuring a display commemorating Milwaukee/NARI’S 50th anniversary, the “Future Trends” display, The YMCA In-Home Exercise display, a Kids Zone, and much more.


This year’s event will be held Fri., Sept. 16 – Sun., Sept. 18, in the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park in West Allis. Sponsored by the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council, Inc., celebrating 50 year’s as the area’s leading home improvement and remodeling industry resource, this year’s Show theme is “Great Ideas Start Here.”


The Time Warner Cable “Relaxation Station” will enable Show attendees to recharge their batteries during their tour of the exhibit hall, plus catch that weekend’s sporting events. With the Time Warner Digital Express Unit, Show attendees will see three TVs, two with 3D capability and one with a Play Station 3 connection, wireless Roadrunner Broadband Internet featuring a mobile air card for a PC and a mobile hot spot that allows connection of up to five wireless devices at once, such as an iPad and PC. In addition, the three TVs are hooked up to DVRs that have the ability to demonstrate whole house DVR capabilities, plus Time Warner’s new home security product will be in place for demonstration.


The Milwaukee/NARI Information Center provides attendees with a central location to learn about the various components of the country’s largest home improvement council. Consumers will gain knowledge about Certified Professionals, Milwaukee/NARI’s ethical guidelines, and the Milwaukee/NARI Foundation, the association’s charitable and educational arm. An “Ask a NARI Certified Professional” area will feature one of the association’s Certified Professionals available to answer consumer inquiries and provide remodeling advice. The association will also have available its marketing materials for consumers, including its Membership Directory and Resource Guide.


In honor of Milwaukee/NARI’s 50th anniversary, a historical display will be in the Information Center, allowing Show attendees to take a trip back in time to see how Milwaukee/NARI has grown into the largest chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.


The Future Trends area will have a variety of products that have recently been introduced to the market. The products to be featured within the display include the following:


• Kohler Co.’s Numi toilet, combining style, comfort, and functionality.

• From ProSource Wholesale Floorcovering, Adore® Touch is vinyl flooring that doesn’t require adhesive or tools

• Elkay’s e-dock sink solves counter clutter.

• From Perlick, a provider of bar and beverage dispensing equipment, a 15-inch Signature Series Beer Dispenser, a wine storage unit, and an 18-inch Shallow-Depth Beverage Center.

• The APEX® Siding System is the nation's first fiberglass siding and trim system.

• Delta’s new Touch20.XT , a touch or hands-free bathroom faucet.

• Elkay’s Avado Slim Rim Sink eliminates the barrier between sink and countertop.


The YMCA In-Home Exercise display will offer information and demonstration of exercise programs to use with home equipment (treadmills and bikes) and outside walking programs, demonstration of stretches and strength routines for home use, healthy eating tips and recipes for families, food games for kids, and more. In addition, show a valid YMCA membership card and receive a $2 discount on up to four regular adult priced admissions.


A Kids Zone will be open on Sat., Sept. 17 and Sun., Sept. 18, featuring “Gerry,” the Milwaukee/NARI carpenter ant mascot, taking photos with kids, coloring sheets, “Gerry” tattoos, construction kits from Lowes, and other children’s activities, including prizes from Betty Brinn Children’s Museum.


Free admission for two people will be provided to those that participate in the Fall Show Blood Drive coordinated by the BloodCenter of Wisconsin between 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Fri. Sept. 16, at the north entrance of the Wisconsin Exposition Center. Registration is available on the Fall Show information page at www.milwaukeenari.org, at www.bcw.edu/mkenari, or by calling 1-877-232-4376.


Sponsored by Callen Construction, people 60 and older will be admitted for $4.00 on Fri., Sept. 16, for Senior Day, while Milwaukee/NARI is conducting a Fall Show ticket giveaway on the association Web site, www.milwaukeenari.org. Registration on the website will run through Monday, September 13, at noon, with 20 winners selected that afternoon to receive a pair of Fall Show tickets.


More than 325 booth spaces in Hall A of the Wisconsin Exposition Center, with admission to the building through the north entrance, will feature providers of home improvement and remodeling products and services, including design/build, kitchens, decks, cabinets, windows, wall covering, bathrooms, lighting, landscaping, roofing, painting, fireplaces, and more.


In addition, daily educational presentations and demonstration by home improvement specialists, design celebrities, and cooks preparing their favorite recipes will take place. Special guests this year are Taniya Nayak of HGTV’s “Designed to Sell,” presented by Malkin’s Carpets/Mohawk Flooring and Chad Crittenden, “Survivor” Season 9 contestant.


Throughout the day on Fri., Sept. 16, Milwaukee/NARI members will conduct 20-minute presentations on a variety of topics pertinent to homeowners, including How to Select a Contractor, Interior Design, A/V Technology, Organizing, the Roofing Installation Process, and Window Options.


On Fri., Sept. 16 from 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 17 from 6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Joe Richter, Milwaukee vocalist, guitarist, and pianist, will perform an acoustic set of music from the Fall Show Demonstration Stage.


New hours in 2011 are as follows: Fri., Sept. 16: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 17: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 18: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Admission is $5 in advance, and $7 at the door. Tickets for seniors, 60 and older, are $5.00, with a special price of $4.00 for seniors at the door on Fri., Sept. 16 for Callen Construction Senior Day. Children 12 and younger are admitted at no charge.


For more information on the Fall Home & Remodeling Show, visit www.milwaukeenari.org or call the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council at 414-771-4071.

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