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The International Home Show Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Since 1986, more than 1.8 million visitors have considered the International Home Show a pillar for home improvement
by Kim Graham
August 22, 2010

To celebrate its 25th birthday, the 2010 International Home Show is enlisting the help of home experts such as Bryan Baeumler, Jim Caruk, Jane Lockhart, Elizabeth Baird, Anna Olson and more to inspire homeowners to live better. From October 8th-11th at the International Centre, visitors will find everything they need to make their home improvement dreams a reality. And this year, each of the first 25 people at the show daily will receive a free gift!

For 25 years the International Home Show has been a Thanksgiving tradition -- introducing anyone who owns a home or condo to the season’s newest products and services to help them make their house a place that says "home".

Since its inaugural year in 1986, more than 1.8 million visitors have visited the International Home Show to learn about home maintenance and decor, see big attractions and of course, browse the hundreds of exhibits for innovations and must-have’s. Today's home design is no longer dominated by any particular demographic. Couples, families, singles, empty nesters and new Canadians all have different styles, tastes and needs that drive trends.

During the first year of the International Home Show, home design and decor were driven by first time home buyers. The Boomer generation was settling down and having families, which led to massive residential growth, and this same mid-eighties architectural style and innovation continues to impact much of today`s design and décor. Bungalows and split levels circa the 60`s and 70`s made way for larger 2-storey brick and stone homes with two car garages, family rooms, dens and ensuites; and the tiny "Hollywood" kitchens morphed into larger, central spaces that are now the social hub of the home. This year, to celebrate the Boomer generation as the International Home Show’s original customers, there is a special show within the show dedicated to empty nesters and mature homeowners.

Memorable highlights from the past 25 years have included expertly designed model rooms, the Dancing Waters fountain show, Thanksgiving Turkey Races, birdhouse building, pumpkin carving, fashion shows and much more. In 2005, The International Home Show established itself as the first home show in Canada to recognize the importance of eco-friendly products by spotlighting them on its Green Street -- which continues to grow. Attractions including the annual full sized, fully decorated model home built right inside the show, the Superhouse Stage featuring the Celebrity Kitchen, the New Product Display and the show's $10,000 Shopping Spree contest continue to be among the most popular annual features.

Canada’s largest fall home show opens Friday, October 8th through Monday, October 11th, (Thanksgiving Weekend) at the International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga. Hours: Friday: 11 am to 9 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 9 pm; Sunday and Thanksgiving Monday: 10 am to 6 pm. Adults $14; Youths (9-18) & Seniors $10; Children 8 and under free. FREE PARKING. For details: 416-512-1305 . Or 

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