The 2020 Parade of Homes, conducted by the Home Builders Association of Owensboro (HBAO), is slated for July 11-12 and July 18-19. The 60-year-old event generally takes place in June, but coordinators were forced to postpone the event because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event features 16 homes from across the county that were recently constructed or renovated by local builders. It is an opportunity for builders and remodelers alike to exhibit their latest designs and trends.
“In an event like this, we see it as a tradition — we know that people look forward to it,” said HBAO executive director Richard Stallings. “The builders want the opportunity to see the public and hear what they have to say.”
Once the governor’s office lifted the ban on gatherings of more than 10 people, the association decided to move forward with the event. Those attending should operate under the same principles being practiced in public places.
“We are constantly relying on public officials for guidance and want to ensure the safety of all those participating,” he said. “This will operate similar to an open house. We are also encouraging individuals and families to drive by the locations and if they like what they see, they can contact the builders to arrange a private meeting.”
The self-guided tour will run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays and from 1-5 p.m. on Sundays.
Construction is up 13 percent from last year, which pushed the HBAO to ensure the event continued as planned.
“We need more homes built. We’ve been working without interruption, but there is still a demand,” Stallings said. “The parade is how our custom home builders sell homes. We want to be able to showcase the builders’ perspectives and their recent innovations.”