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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - If you have been thinking about remodeling a room in your home or building from the ground up there is a perfect event for you this weekend. For more than 40 years the Monroe Civic Center is getting turned into a home expo. Our Nolan Crane received a sneak peak as vendors were busy setting up 180 booths.

From the top row of the Monroe Civic Center you can see some of the newest styles and trends in home decor and outdoor landscaping.

"We've got everybody from foundation people on through the lumber, the doors, the windows, the shingles, the sheet rock people, he have insulation, landscaping, insect repellent, we've got security systems, just anything you need for your home," said Forrest Fife.

90 percent of the business owners who are setting up booths for this weekend's Home Expo are from Northeast Louisiana. More than 3,000 people from across the country are expected to show up to look at the options available to help make their house a home.

"We have people who come from all over the Ark-La-Miss. We have great turnouts and pull people from all over the region. We've had people from Jackson, from El Dorado, Shreveport and even Tyler, Texas and even further on then that," said Fife.

Looking at new appliances is not the only reason people come from near and far to attend the Home Expo.

"We support brick homes that are starting to have foundation problems from the tress drinking the water near your or your neighbor's trees," said Tony Arpino.

Even if you don't plan on buying anything event organizers say everyone still has fun. There are awards given to vendors with the best display making the expo a visual and hands-on experience. The expo is open to the public Saturday from 9-5 and Sunday from 11-5. Tickets to the home expo are $6 per person. Anyone under the age of twelve is free.

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