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New homes on parade in semi-annual event

By Corene Brisendine

This weekend’s tour of newly built homes shows that housing construction is up this year in the Manhattan area.

More homes than usual are on the semi-annual Parade of Homes, said T-Shane Roberts, executive director of the Flint Hills Area Builders Association, which sponsors the event. All the new construction is an indicator of growth and a healthy housing market, he said.

Starting this evening, residents can tour new homes at the free event. Roberts said it is designed for area builders to “show off their work.”

The parade will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. To visit the homes on the parade, anyone can pick up a directory during business hours at Meade Lumber, Griffith Lumber, or any K-State Bank location.  Directories are also available 24 hours a day outside The Wiring Guy and The Backyard Kitchen at 2011 Fort Riley Blvd. or on the Flint Hills Builders Association website under events. The directory includes a list of the homes on the tour, prices, and a map of the locations.

Roberts said this year the parade has homes in Manhattan and Wamego. He said most of the homes are on the market, but some are “under contract.”

This year the association will be showcasing 17 homes by 13 builders, Roberts said.

He said in addition to showcasing their craftsmanship, each home has representatives from various local business showcasing other products that went into building the homes or are accessories to it like Manko Windows and CTI Tractors.

The association is also holding a drawing for a big-screen TV. Roberts said to enter for a chance to win, people need to pick up a punch card at any of the parade’s houses; then visit each of the eight homes listed on the card and get the card punched. The drawing will be on Monday after the parade.

While most of the builders are members of the association, it is not a requirement; and therefore, some of the builders are not members of the Flint Hills association. Roberts said all builders associations are under the Kansas Builders Industry Association, and the Kansas association is part of the National Home Builders Association. He said every association across the country holds a parade of home during the year, but it is up to each local chapter to determine when that will be.

The Flint Hills association holds a parade in June and October.

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