Put more than 65,000 home builders, lenders, appliance giants, stain masters, and concrete pourers under one roof for a convention and, as James R. Irvine, president of the National Association of Home Builders, says, "It's sure to be a humdinger."

Besides an outdoor barbecue pit and more beer stands than you can shake a baby back rib at, this year's Builders Show was host to several in-booth entertainment acts, including a comedy singing trio ("Heat your home electrically, and make it better, better, better"), a nail-driving championship, and a female golf pro targeting the predominantly male audience with tips on improving golf swings.

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