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Former Trade Show takes on new look, name for 2012

The former Perham Trade Show will have a whole new look for 2012.

Now called the Lakes Area Home and Cabin Show, the event is intended this year to showcase the 'must-have' gizmos and gadgets on everyone's wish lists - all within a new Friday evening and Saturday March time slot.

Doors to the Perham Area Community Center show will open Friday, March 9 at 4 p.m. with area and regional vendors eager to show off their latest and greatest.

And this year, when doors close at 8 p.m., the party won't stop. Over at The Cactus, a wine and beer sampling event will start at 8 p.m., free to vendors and open to the public.

On Saturday, March 10, the fun will kick off at 9 a.m.

Those attending this year's show should expect to see plenty of mini seminars at various booths - with vendors showing off everything from smart phones, the latest construction crazes and even an electric car.

To calm the cravings in the midst of the excitement, the Lions will be cooking up a hog roast, with sandwiches available until they're gone. Taste of Perham will also have a booth.

Fishing seminars will also be hosted by Hoot's Sports and Lunds. Hoot's will be showing off the latest (and fastest) sports boats, pontoons and other accessories. Neerson will also be on hand showing off this year's hottest cars.

Children will also have plenty to do, as free youth swimming, sponsored by the Lions, will be offered Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

The layout for this year's event is being switched up, to offer a better customer-to-vendor interaction model.

Vendors still looking to get in on the action can sign up through the Chamber of Commerce. Each vendor will be given five free admission tickets to give to prospective customers.

Also, vendors interested in getting on the mini booth seminar bandwagon still have time to do so, as slots are still available.

Attendee admission for the event is $3 for ages 7 and up, $10 for a family of four; children 6 and under are admitted for free.

The Perham Chamber of Commerce may be contacted at 218-346-7710.