Parade of Homes and Lifestyle Show celebrates housing market improvements

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) –  The Parade of Homes is back in Fort Wayne and features a new event this year. Organizers are adding a Lifestyle Show. The tent stretches the length of a football field and features nearly 90 vendors and concessions.

“All the trades that go into the Parade of Homes – heating and air, the flooring, all those people- we wanted to give them the opportunity to showcase what they do and to showcase their products. We also brought in that “Lifestyle” title of the show so we have everything related to home building and more lifestyle types of things.  You should think about coming and spending around three or four hours. You can come and see some of the homes. You can go have lunch. You can go through the vendor tent.  We have different presentations happening every day for the daily themes. It’s not just to come and see the home, but all the things related to it.”,” Parade of Show spokesperson Ric Zehr said.

The parade and show are located at the Forest at Foxwood neighborhood on Flutter Road. It’s between Wheelock and Schwartz Roads on the northeast side of Fort Wayne.

This is the 50th year for the tradition. Visitors will be able to tour seven single-family homes and two villas. They are fully decorated and furnished with the newest designs and materials.

Organizers said this year’s show celebrates improvements in the housing market.

“It’s a sigh of relief and a reason to be optimistic to be able to put on this type of show.  The builders’ investment in this is significant. They are so enthusiastic about it, and they’re supporting the industry. You can really tell we’ve turned a corner when those builders are really willing to invest and have faith in us in the area, and the subdivision, and the market. This is an exciting period. Everyone is enthusiastic. They’re optimistic about the market, about existing home sales, and about new home sales. Everyone’s out looking. They want to build. I think everybody’s decided it’s time to move on and start doing the things they wanted to do. So, this is a great venue for them to come and see all the new decorating ideas, great new layouts, different architectural styles. So, there’s so many ideas you can pick up from the parade,” Zehr said.

The show officially kicks off Saturday and runs through next Sunday, September 14. It’s open daily from noon to 9, except on Sunday when it closes at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10, and kids 12 and under get in free. Parking is also free.

WANE-TV is a proud sponsor of the event. For more information on the show’s schedule and ticket sales, click here.

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