Since the opening of Horizons '90 on June 2, tens of thousands of Western New Yorkers have traveled to the towns of Clarence and Hamburg to see the dual-site home shows, produced by the Niagara Frontier Builders' Association and co-sponsored by M&T Bank and National Fuel.
What many people do not realize is that home shows and residential construction in general, mean more than just new architectural design and innovations in building techniques, said NFBA Executive Vice President Joseph McIvor.
"Housing was one of the forces that led the area and the whole nation out of the recession of the early eighties," he said.
Statistics proved by the National Association of Home Builders indicate the "effectiveness" of every dollar invested in new residential construction can be measured by 100.
For example, the average price of a home in the combined sites this year is approximately $260,000. This means $7.5 million worth of product. That money is measured in lumber, landscaping, furniture, worker wages, etc.
The total impact,therefore, is more than $700 million to the area economy.
"Hosting the Horizons-North show is a great opportunity for the Town of Clarence," said Clarence Supervisor Irving "Skip" Grenzbach.
Hamburg Supervisor Jack Quinn agrees. "Horizons-South gives people the chance to see what Hamburg has to offer and also is a boon to area retail stores and restaurants," he said.
"Attendance at Horizons '90 has been excellent," added McIvor. "We look forward to seeing everyone next spring for Horizons '91."
Weekend open house hours are 12:30 to 8:30. Sunday is the final day of the show. Adult admission is $5, $1 for children under 12. Dual site admission is $7.