Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Village emerges for Orlando's biggest convention: International Builders' Show

A small village started emerging Monday in the parking lot of Orlando's convention center in advance of what is expected to be the center's hallmark event this year — the International Builders' Show.

Considered one of the larger conventions in the U.S., the show returns to Orlando from Jan. 10 to Jan. 12 after Las Vegas staged it in recent years. Riding high with more than 100,000 attendees in Orlando at the peak of the housing market a decade ago, the show is likely to draw closer to 60,000 or 70,000 people this year.

"We're never going to be back to where we were because we can't. We got in trouble," said SGC Horizon events manager Judy Brociek, referring to the years-long housing bust that began in 2007.

Wearing jeans, a T-shirt and a dusting of sweat on her brow, the longtime veteran of the show stood in the parking lot as workers hammered roofing nails and positioned wood beams for a modular house built seemingly overnight and geared toward buyers 55 and older.

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