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The annual NARI Home & Remodeling Show will be slightly smaller this year as the coronavirus pandemic keeps more people at home and interested in making improvements. 

NARI Milwaukee is hosting its home and remodeling show Oct. 16-18 at State Fair Park. 

Around 70 NARI Milwaukee members will host exhibit booths. Last year, more than 100 members staffed exhibit booths. The home and remodeling show has exhibitors for all types of remodeling and home improvement products and services. 

“We’re excited to connect homeowners who are eager to get their home improvements underway with local contractors. By hosting a safe and accessible show, we’re helping reopen the economy and support area small businesses,” said Diane Welhouse, executive director of NARI Milwaukee, in a news release. “Nearly 80% of our members are small businesses with fewer than 10 employees so the annual show is important to them.” 

With people staying at home more during the pandemic, NARI members have said that business is good even though some segments of the economy are seeing significant declines as a result of COVID’s effect on business.  

“Today’s home is working overtime as adults and children are using it as their restaurant, office, classroom, entertainment spot and vacation destination,” Welhouse said in the release. “NARI Milwaukee members report many homeowners are looking to improve, repurpose and expand their space due to these increased demands.” 

Changes if you plan on attending

The show will have a limited capacity with one-way aisles to enforce social distancing. All exhibitors and attendees will be required to wear face coverings, in compliance with a statewide mask mandate. 

“As a premier trade organization, we’ve always been a leader in the community and are, once again, taking the lead by demonstrating we can host a safe, in-person Home & Remodeling Show this October,” Welhouse said in the release. 

NARI Milwaukee will also host a few events on Facebook live for people who would rather attend the show virtually. 

The NARI Home & Remodeling Show is in the Wisconsin Products Pavilion at State Fair Park Oct. 16-18. Tickets are $5. Admission for children age 17 and younger and people with a military ID is free. 

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