CEDAR CITY — Cedar City community members currently in the market for a new home, or wanting to see the latest trends in homebuilding are welcome to attend the 20th annual Cedar City Festival of Homes hosted by the Iron County Home Builders Association.
The 2014 Festival features a total of 14 homes spread throughout the Cedar City and Enoch areas with styles ranging from modern and spacious to homey and traditional. The first portion of the Festival ran from Aug. 29-Sept. 1 and the Festival will resume from Sept. 5-7 from 1 p.m.-8 p.m. daily.
The purpose of the Festival is to provide homebuyers and those interested in home decorating or landscaping with a way to see the latest technology and trends, Zurl Thornock, executive officer of the Iron County Home Builders Association, said. The festival gives these people a face-to-face experience with builders to learn about how they may take advantage of similar opportunities with their homes.
The 2014 Festival shows more homes than in previous years, Thornock said, and also features higher-end homes that are worth over $1 million. These additions, along with some others small changes, have drawn a larger crowd than previous years.
“Our numbers our doing really well,” Thornock said. “Through the first three days we’ve already had 9,300 visits, with an average of … around 660 (visits) per-home.”
Some homebuilders and owners are using the high traffic of visitors to help promote their businesses. Arron Ashworth, of Dual-A Construction and owner of house No.2 in the Festival, said the Festival allows him an opportunity to interact with the public.
This is not the first year Ashworth’s house has been featured in the parade, but he said it has been one of the best in terms of visits and inquires about his work.
“I’ve had two offers on this house and three people who are very serious about wanting me to build for them,” Ashworth said. “Multiple people have actually come back, saying, ‘I want to see it just one more time.’”
Being both a homebuilder and a father has allowed Ashworth an opportunity to customize a house that fits his family’s needs. Complete with a game area, tile floors to prevent spill stains and a second kitchen downstairs, he said, the house is perfect for those with a family.
“Every room in (this house) is personalized to each kid we have …,” Ashworth said. “It’s just a big and fun house.”
Some community members visit the Festival for reasons other than buying their own home. Vickey Carlson, a resident of Cedar City who has attended the Festival in past years, said she and her friends have a different reason for attending.
“(I come) to find ideas of things to get in my own house,” Carlson said. “This year I found a kitchen that will actually fit with my kitchen.”
The Festival, Carlson said, gives people a chance to see how different paint styles, countertop materials and floor plans can look without actually having to change their own homes, saving them both time and money.
Homeowners or builders wanting to be a part of the 2015 Festival can do so by becoming a member of the Iron County Home Builders Association, Thornock said, and remaining in good standing.
Tickets for the Festival are $10 and can be purchased at the State Bank of Southern Utah in Cedar City, or by visiting any of the houses on the Festival’s list during the open hours. Tickets are required for visitors over the age of 2 and entitle one visit per-home and an extra bonus visit to a home of the ticket holder’s choice.
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