This year, the annual "Parade of Homes" returned to Green at King's Ridge during the last two weekends in September. Eight newly built homes were open for inspection on Sept. 16-18, and Sept. 22-25. Each home featured a different food menu from local businesses for viewers to sample.
In addition to local businesses, Green Local Schools paired up with the Home Builders Association (HBA) and provided student artwork for decorations, and on Sept. 16 the Green High School Ensemble kicked of the start of the tours with a selection of songs for the audience.
The HBA also offered a $1 off tickets to the event with a donation a canned good for the Green school's "Blessing in a Backpack" program. This program provided food to children in the schools of families in need for over the weekends and is estimated that more than 300 children will be served this year.
Richard Bancroft opened the event on Sept. 16, introducing the Ensemble and the various participants in the show. The homes on display included ones by Charis Homes, Helen Scott Custom Builders, Kemppel Homes, Colonial Homes, Rembrandt Homes, Danmark Construction, Drees Homes and Silvertree Homes. Other firms involved in the show were Elite Design Homes, Parkview Homes, Wayne Homes and Testa Companies.
Brian Cuthbert of the Green Chamber of Commerce said that "it is good to see the building industry coming back. It is nice to be able to showcase new homes in Green and pair up with Green schools. local businesses, and the HBA."
Amber Schroeder, from Kemppel Home, also serves on the board.
"It is fantastic that the economy has improved so much that eight builders were able to build these show homes," she said. "This is the largest single sight for the 'Parade of Homes' since the recession ended."
Jennifer Doerrer, "Blessing in a Backpacks" Coordinator added "this is a premiere event to showcase Green schools to new homeowners and future taxpayers. And it also benefits the children who are helped by the 'Blessings in a Backpack' program with food donations."
Nick Lee, a former green student, who now attends Kent State as a freshman, was one of the students who's artwork was on display.
"This is pretty cool." he said. "This is my first show and it is pretty exciting."