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Home, Sport & Travel Show is next weekend: More than 120 vendors signed up for the event

BEMIDJI — Open water may be hiding under ice for a few more weeks yet, but one sure sign of spring is right around the corner.

The 37th Annual Bemidji Jaycees Home, Sport & Travel Show starts Friday, welcoming thousands of area residents to the Sanford Center.

More than 120 vendors are signed up for the three-day show, which starts Friday afternoon and runs through Sunday. Everything from boats to docks to home remodeling ideas will be on display, with local experts on hand to field questions and offer input.

Door prizes will be offered throughout the event, including a bicycle from Itasca Sports, a remote car starter from Detail Plus, and four tickets to the Red Green concert at the Sanford Center, with a private pre-concert meet and greet.

Ryan Thomas, who is co-chairing the event along with Eva Thomas, said the Jaycees expect anywhere from 6,000 to 7,000 attendees throughout the weekend.

Multiple seminars again are planned for Saturday. Ryan Thomas said the Jaycees are bringing back some popular seminars, including one with gardening tips from a Beltrami County Master Gardener, and one a bike seminar from Itasca Sports.

“The kids workshop was really popular too last year, so we decided to work hard and get that back,” he said.

That would be the Home Depot Kids Workshop, which will be offered Sunday, inviting kids to come create their own projects in the a booth in the conference center.

Amber Hines, with Home Depot, said this will be either the second or third year the workshop is held in tandem with the Home, Sport & Travel Show. Last year, the event drew 150-200 kids, and this year Home Depot is planning for about 200 kids, she said.

The Home, Sport & Travel Show relocated in 2011 to the Sanford Center, having moved from the John Glas Fieldhouse to take advantage of more available space. With the show now filling the arena, conference center and concourse, displays have extended outdoors, with a selection of vehicles available for viewing. The move also allowed the Jaycees to welcome back boat and dock dealers, who now have space to showcase their offerings.