LOGAN – Cache Valley Home Builder Association (CVHBA) Executive Officer Kristi Summers is putting the final touches on the 2019 Parade of Homes tour.
This year’s Parade of Homes will be held September 19-21, and 26-28, from noon until 8 p.m. On Saturday, the homes will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets and information about the home tour is available at cachevalleyparadeofhomes.com.
She said there are 11 homes this year. They want to showcase nine in Cache Valley, and two in Box Elder County.
“We have one home in Collinston and one in Fielding to make 11 homes in this year’s parade.
“We would like to work on expanding our area and include some of the builders over in Box Elder County,” Summers said. “We want to extend opportunities to builders throughout Northern Utah.”
By including the Box Elder County builders into the CVHBA, they can expand the number of homes in the parade of homes.
The CVHBA is a non-profit trade association, consisting of any builder wanting to protect and preserve building in Northern Utah. Members of the association want to assist people making the American Dream of home ownership a reality.
The CVHBA includes general contractors, trade contractors, financial mortgage institutions, title companies and anyone else involved in the home building industry. They are also members of the National Home Builders Association in Washington D.C. and the Home Builders Association of Utah.
“When it comes to which builders want to participate in the Parade of Homes, it’s up to the them,” Summers said. “Builders are the ones who benefit from having a home in the parade.”
However, the builder must be a general contractor to have their home in the show.
The homes must have at least one floor completed, with some of it decorated, and the outside must have its final grade.
“The goal is to have people who have heard about it on radio commercials come see and touch the homes,” she said. “You can not only see what the contractors build when you visit the homes, you can also see how they build their homes.”
Jim Beazer has been president of the organization for two years and is looking forward to having Box Elder County included in the show this year.
“We have an opportunity to grow in northern Box Elder County,” Beazer said. “The builders and citizens have not had anyone representing them in the north end of their county.”
He said the parade is another source of advertising, and gives the CVHBA a chance to help those builders.
“We both have the opportunity to grow,” Beazer said. “Utah County has a big area for their Parade of Homes and it works for them.”
CVHBA is about helping builders, financial institutions, contractors, title companies and everyone else affected by the building industry.
“In ‘08, everyone felt the effects when building was down,” Beazer said. “Building’s a big engine for driving our economy. If we can help our fellow builders, we should.
“We have opportunity to raise money with our Giving Back Foundation. The bigger we are, the more we can affect legislation on a bigger scale to lobby for the industry and the builders.”
Tickets for this year’s Parade of Homes cost $12 per person and may be purchased anytime up to, or during, the event. Children five years or older must have a ticket.
The tours are self-guided and can be done at your own pace. Participants may visit one home per day over six days, or all homes in one day.
CVHBA officials recommend wearing comfortable shoes that are easy to remove. Participants must remove their shoes or place booties over their shoes when entering the homes.
They also ask participants not to bring large bags into the homes. If a room is roped off, please stay outside that area and do not sit on the furniture or turn on any water faucets or shower heads.
Tickets are available for purchase at Guild Mortgage, Beazer Lock and Key, Summit Creek Sinclair, Riverside Sinclair and LW’s Convenience Store.