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Parade of Homes celebration scheduled

Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:28 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:47 a.m. CST
This house, located at 1207 W. Prairie St., is one of seven homes on the Parade of Homes route. The house was built by American Homes by Dave Long of Creston.

The saying goes: “Life’s a parade.” And, Creston will be hosting a parade with a focus on an important part of life: the home.

Southwest Iowa Homebuilders Alliance is hosting the organization’s annual Parade of Homes Saturday. The event will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with seven homes on the parade route.

“The Parade of Homes is the one big thing that we do per year here at the Southwest Iowa Homebuilders Alliance,” said Paul Lorenz, treasurer of Southwest Iowa Homebuilders Alliance. “It’s where the homebuilders get to show off recent homes built, and people can get ideas either for new home construction down the road or, perhaps, improvements.”

Admission is free.


Businesses or public entities, such as Southwestern Community College or Winterstien Construction, that are members of the alliance can show a home the employees or students built during the parade. Other members can set up booths within the homes with more information about the alliance, as well as information about the business.

Homes on the parade this year are:

• 3264 200th St., by Roger Roberts Construction of Afton,

• 1169 Cromwell Rd., by Sharp Construction of Creston,

• 507 S. Elm St., by Southwestern Community College of Creston,

• 1446 Highway 34 by Creston Mobile Homes of Creston,

• 600 W. Montgomery St., by Habitat for Humanity of Union County,

• 1702 W. DeVoe St., by Winterstien Construction of Creston and

• 1207 W. Prairie St., by American Homes by Dave Long of Creston.

Businesses with booths at the houses will be Iowa State Savings Bank, Westman Windows, PCSB Bank, First National Bank, J and A Flooring, Echo Concrete, Stalker Chevrolet and Union County Development Association.


Each home is numbered from one to seven, but there is no set starting point for the parade.

“It’s on your own, and you can start from any point,” Lorenz said.

Each home will have a radio unit to promote the event. The route will be in the Creston News Advertiser’s Parade of Homes insert today.

Homes are chosen by members of the alliance.

“We have monthly meetings, and the meeting leading up to the parade, that’s when we make it official which homes are in the show,” Lorenz said. “We don’t have any certain restrictions aside from the fact that you need to be a member.”


Southwest Iowa Homebuilders Alliance will host a drawing during the parade for $500 in Builder Bucks. Builder Bucks can be spent at any business that is an alliance member.

“Be sure to sign up for Builder Bucks. You can do one slip at each home, so the more homes you visit, you can increase your chances of winning,” Lorenz said.

Lorenz also said the alliance offers a $500 scholarship to SWCC’s building trades program.

“We’re kind of proud of that. We’ve done that every year for over 20 years. I know the college is proud of that,” Lorenz said.

Southwest Iowa Homebuilders Alliance is also responsible for various other community projects, such as a gazebo at Greater Regional Medical Center.

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