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The 36th annual Home Improvement Show offers as many as 650 vendors to make home dreams a possibility.

Beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday, exhibitors from across the region pack MetraPark’s Expo Center and Montana Pavilion with the latest in home improvement technology, products and advice.

“Whether it is interior, exterior, buying or selling a home – there is something for everyone,” said Beau Hedin, event producer.

The Home Improvement Show has been a family affair from the beginning. Beau and his brother, Devon Hedin, grew up with the event as part of their lives. Their parents, Mark and Rhonda Hedin, instilled a passion in their sons to create a dynamic and helpful experience for sellers and potential buyers.

“The show brings exhibitors of all kinds – some that people don’t even realize exist in Billings. Rather than spending weeks and months researching and meeting potential contractors, they are all at the Home Improvement Show,” said Mark. “It is so convenient to see examples and variations of products to compare and see what fits for your home.”

For many attendees, it is also a way to gauge the potential relationship between contractor and homeowner.

“You want someone who will work well with you and meet your needs. It’s like a marriage; the chemistry needs to be right,” said Mark.

The show offers ideas, trends and upcoming products that have yet to hit the Billings market. For the do-it-yourself folks, advice and supplies are also on display and available.

Renters and potential homeowners are also encouraged to attend. Local bankers, mortgage companies and real estate agents will be onsite to answer questions. HRDC housing specialists will also be available for information on first-time homebuyer’s classes and other funding options.

Landscaping, roofing, hot tubs, custom fire pits, home theater systems and water features will be part of the show, along with fresh flowers and green grass, compliments of Billings Nursery and Landscaping.

“It’s a breath of spring,” said Devon. “Your senses light up with all of the smells and colors.”

The show is family friendly. Kids' activities will be dispersed throughout the show, including a building station courtesy of The Home Depot. Kids can build a project they get to take home. Food vendors of all kinds will also be there from open to close.

“Your home is an ongoing experience, not a one-time occurrence like going to a movie, concert or dinner. Your home is a day-in, day-out experience – it’s your life,” said Beau. “Make it the right experience.”

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Dates & times:

March 1, noon to 8 p.m.

March 2, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

March 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special Features include:

* Free parking & admission

*Free Upper Lot Shuttle

* Photo Booth

*Custom Balloon animals created by Patty Cakes the Clown

*Face painting

* Sugar Bears/Pocket Pets

*Diverse food selection including smoked on site BBQ, Asian, carnival treats, fire oven pizza, Alpaca meat

*Cooking Demos

*Learn to ride Segway booth

*24 national touring infomercial displays

*6 modular homes-outside Expo Center

*Hands-on interactive Displays

*Free Pepsi Products compliments of Dimich Pepsi of Billings

*Custom Sand Sculpture by sculptor Bill Dowe

* $30,000.00 in prizes


Senior Editor for Special Sections

Senior Editor for Special Sections at The Billings Gazette.