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Builders celebrate excellence at MHBA gala

More than 700 people attended the Manitoba Home Builders Association's annual Fall Parade of Homes Gala at the RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre.

Popular emcee Joe Aiello kept the evening lively with his humour and enthusiasm, handling the long lineup of awards like a pro.

The gold, silver and bronze prizes awarded in 30 categories were based on consumer judges grading homes on 21 different factors, with a possible 450 points in each category.

The tallies were extremely close, with many categories decided by one or two points -- not surprising when you consider that the judges were choosing among the best-designed, best-built and best-displayed new homes in Canada.

As MHBA president, I told the crowd that this year's showcase, the 33rd anniversary of the Fall Parade of Homes, was the largest such event in all of Canada. Almost 40,000 people visited the 131 homes that were featured in the Parade this year, making it one of the most popular ever.

Past chairs of the MHBA in attendance included Rubin Diamond, Vince Bueti, Derek Thorsteinson, Brian Contant, Bryan Klinkhammer and Diego Vassallo. It was truly a celebration in recognition of those people who have given so much to the association. John Lund, Laurence Rosenberg and Laurie Finley assisted in handing out the awards.

The first five categories were for condominiums, including two-storey side-by-sides, bungalows and apartment-style condos. The bulk of the awards were for single-family detached homes, with some fierce competition in 25 distinct categories. Award-winners came not only from Winnipeg, but also from Oakbank, Niverville, Stonewall, Elie, Oak Bluff, East St. Paul and Headingley.

Gold, silver and bronze recognition was handed out based on the number of entrants per category. To view all of the entries and the winners, visit the Manitoba Home Builders Association at www.homebuilders.mb.ca, Photos of all the homes are displayed along with a digital copy of the Fall Parade of Homes magazine.

And remember, the show homes that were featured in the Parade and honoured at the gala are still open for viewing.

Mike Moore is president of the Manitoba Home Builders' Association.

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