Builders, Reporter lead Parade

The premiere new-home building event returns to Lake City and Columbia County this spring as the 2018 Parade of Homes will showcase new homes in the region on the weekend of April 28-29.

The event is rejuvenated by the Columbia County Builders’ Association and co-sponsored by the Lake City Reporter and Currents magazine.

“We are super excited about this event,” said Bryan Zecher, president of the Columbia County Builders’ Association. “Home building is back! The timing is right to have a showcase event for the builders. This event will be great for the community to come out and see what is available and what is new out there.”

The Parade of Homes was at one time an annual event, but during the economic downturn, the event went away for a decade. The last Parade of Homes event was held in Columbia County in 2008.

“We are very excited to work with the Lake City Reporter as our partner again in this Parade of Homes event,” Zecher said. “We know the Reporter is the organization that reaches our community and can best help us advertise this event.”

Lake City Reporter Publisher Todd Wilson said it was exciting to see the Parade of Homes event re-introduced to the community at such an important time.

“Our local economy continues to grow, as does our community, and it’s very encouraging to see local home building on the rise,” Wilson said. “We are honored to be selected to again partner with the CCBA to bring our community another outstanding Parade of Homes.

“In the coming weeks, you will see our team of marketing professionals preview and promote this event in the best way possible through several of our media channels, including print, digital and social media, as we continue to lead the way in our community. We’ve already had several sponsors step up who will be saluted soon and we still have room for other businesses who want to be a part of this high-exposure event. We expect this to be one of the most anticipated and well-attended Parade of Homes in Lake City history.”

New-home building is off to a record clip in 2018. Fifty permits for new-home construction have been pulled in Columbia County from Dec. 1 through Feb. 28, Zecher said. By comparison, in all of 2012, only 55 permits were pulled.

Zecher, who is president of Bryan Zecher Construction, said he expects between 15-20 new homes to be open-house ready for the Parade of Homes weekend April 28-29.

“People who come out to this Parade of Homes event and tour these new homes will see more open floor plans than they did 10 years ago,” Zecher said. “Kitchen and bathroom styles have changed, as well, and there are a lot of overall new floor plans to see.

“Plus, houses today are a lot more energy efficient than they were a decade ago. Windows, doors, insulation, hot water heaters and appliances, they are all a lot different than what people saw if they have not looked at new houses since our last Parade of Homes 10 years ago.”

The houses that will be displayed by Columbia County builders will be of varying sizes built on different lot acreages.

“We will have a good variety of floor plans and square footages for people to see,” Zecher said, adding that builders need to get involved with the CCBA and also sign up for this event.

“Being involved with CCBA gives a builder a lot more exposure and with an event like this, with the marketing we will have, everyone in the community will know about this Parade of Homes. It gives us an opportunity to showcase our products to the community as a group. When people come out to this event, they can meet with the builder and they can see other floor plans he has they may like better.

“Also, being involved with CCBA, there is strength in numbers in our industry locally. The local CCBA provides an avenue to search local builders who are licensed and insured and this is very important in this day and time.”

To get involved with the 2018 Parade of Homes or learn more about the CCBA and sponsorship opportunities, email Wilson at or call 386-752-1293.

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