As winter begins to wane and spring is just around the corner, now is the time to plan those summer projects around the house.
To get assistance with the planning and carrying out of those projects, whether they are large or small, area residents would be wise to head on over to the Superior Dome this weekend for the 39th annual Upper Peninsula Builders Show.
Billed as the largest builders show in northern Michigan, the dome event will feature about 120 vendors in more than 200 booths.
These vendors will display the latest products and offer advice on all aspects of building and remodeling. Included will be contractors, building suppliers, energy savings consultants, insurance agents, mortgage brokers and real estate agents.
In addition to acquire all the information needed to move forward with home projects, show visitors will also have the chance to win a variety of great prizes made available by a number of vendors and the show's sponsor, the Upper Peninsula Builders Exchange.
Included in prizes are windows, a flat screen TV, a kid's John Deere battery powered loader, tools, a refrigerator, a kayak and a paddle boat.
The show also serves as a benefit for a couple local organizations each year, with this year's show including displays by Habitat for Humanity of Marquette County and the Girl Scouts.
The Girl Scouts will be selling the organization's renowned Girl Scout cookies, as well as offering face painting for children.
Habitat for Humanity will be conducting a 50/50 raffle and selling T-shirts, pins and items from its ReStore. The group will also be offering information on its programs and how to get involved in the organization's projects.
For a list of vendors and map of their locations in the Superior Dome, see the special spring home improvement section inserted in today's Mining Journal.
The show runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The cost is $3 for adults and youths 13 years and older, $2 for for seniors 65 and older, $1 for kids 6 to 12 years old and free for kids 5 and younger.