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Home and Garden Show Draws Thousands To Coast Coliseum

 The massive need for new homes is putting a different spin on the annual Home and Garden Show at the Coast Coliseum.

 Organizers say because of Katrina, this year's event also included exhibits and advice on alternative home building.

 People turned out in record numbers looking for the safest and most cost- effective way to rebuild.

Thousands came telling a similar story.

 "We had about two and a half feet of water in the house," said Sandra Kendall of Biloxi.

  "It was completely destroyed, knocked off the foundation. The roof caved in," said Ginger Rogers.

 "Everything from the floor up. We need the ceilings fixed we need walls in the kitchen," said Louise Roberts of Diberville.

 Katrina destroyed their homes.

 Now their trying to rebuild and expecting to find some good ideas here at the Home and Garden show.

 "I am going to build higher and try to build stronger," said Rogers.

 Kendall is thrilled about having just about all her home repair needs in one place.

 "To have it all here together in one spot. It's real nice," said Kendall.

 Rogers says she enjoys talking with different vendors and testing out products first hand.

 "Its nice to see in person, the materials itself instead of online," said Rogers.

 From the inside out, vendors displayed the latest in home decor and furnishings to exclusive pool designs.

 Kendall says this years show was impressive.

 She intends on taking all that she's learned to rebuild her life.

 Organizers say attendance is up about 15 percent this year.

 They believe the massive damage caused by Hurricane Katrina is the reason for the larger crowds.

By: Keitha Nelson 

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