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There are over 175 reasons to take in the 2017 edition of the Brandon Home & Leisure Show. That’s the number of exhibitors that are on hand at this year’s event to share all the latest trends for do-it-yourself home repair, decorating and furnishing, exterior improvements, landscaping and home entertainment.

We’re all at different stages in our lives – some of us might be thinking about buying a new home, while others might be considering adding an addition to an existing home. Or perhaps, building a cabin is a dream that’s going to become a reality in the near future. Whatever the case may be, the Brandon Home & Leisure Show (BH&L Show) can educate and inform you on what to expect when starting projects of this nature, who can help you to get the job done and what plans to make to get things underway.

BH&L Show General Manager, Dave Melcosky, said the home show provides visitors with an opportunity to meet business owners and representatives, so that connections exist for when you need them.

“As a homeowner, there are always things that come up. You might need new shingles or windows, decide to build a garage or freshen up your living space with a new coat of paint or flooring. Whatever the case, you can get ideas and make connections with the businesses that provide these products and services all under one roof – it’s onestop- shopping. That way, if an emergency arises like a leaky roof or when your furnace goes down, you’ll have a better idea of who you can call to come to the rescue,” said Dave.

As extending living space to the great outdoors has been a trend for a few years now, there are a number of exhibitors that will showcase landscaping designs, display the latest in lawn and garden equipment, feature the most popular pools and hot tubs available, provide the benefits of incorporating a three-season room, and others that will give you ideas on how to create a comfortable space in your yard to entertain family and friends during our gorgeous Manitoba summers.

“We’re hearing more and more about homeowners investing more into their homes on the inside and the outside instead of travelling and going on extended vacations. They are choosing instead to maximize their investment by staying at home 365 days of the year. When you have a beautiful space, it makes it that much easier to thoroughly enjoy your staycation,” said Dave.

There’s also been a resurgence of interest lately in sport, recreation and leisure activities and the BH&L Show has definitely seen how this trend is growing.

“People work hard when they’re at work, but when their off they play hard as well. Visitors this year will get a chance to see all the latest toys when it comes to sporting and recreational goods. Whether it’s boating, quadding, paddle boarding, cycling or just relaxing in a great hammock swing, there’s lots of new products to check out,” Dave said.

This is the 51st year of the BH&L Show and over the course of the three-day event 11,000 visitors will stroll through the building.

The event itself started out as a car show and expanded to include boats and recreational vecicles using just 10,000 square feet of the convention hall. Now, there’s a huge variety of exhibitors that take up almost 100,000 square feet of space in the Keystone Centre; it is literally 10 times the original size since its inception in 1966.

The 2017 Brandon Home & Leisure Show takes place April 7-9. For more information, visit: www.brandonhomeshow.ca.

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