‘Extreme Makeover’ pep rally is Tuesday

Published 9:06 am Monday, September 22, 2008

The pep rally for the Freeborn County effort to build a home for a deserving family as part of the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” TV show takes place Tuesday morning.

The rally is at 8 a.m. at Crossroads Church, 3492 Hoeger Lane, north of Albert Lea.

What can people expect? The show’s executive producer, Conrad Ricketts, will be there. So will Al Larson, owner of Larson Contracting, the local company building the house for the show and handling the coordination of the volunteers.

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At the pep rally, Ricketts will give out more information about what’s happening with the project for general and skilled volunteers and even spectators. Anyone is welcome to attend the rally.

Because of the overwhelming response from Freeborn County residents and beyond, the local “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” committee is no longer taking unskilled volunteer applications. The volunteer committee is going through all applications and will contact needed volunteers this week.

If you are not chosen or have not had a chance to sign up as a volunteer, there are still ways to participate. Watch in the newspaper, on the radio and on television for announcements for people needed to cheer on and support all the volunteers and people on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

Skilled volunteers are still needed. Go to: www.albertleatribune.com/larsoncontractingextreme and sign up.

Host Ty Pennington and his design team will knock on the door of a selected family on Sept. 30. From there, they will remove the belongs in the home and set up a TV shooting crew. They will work with local contractors and volunteers to construct the family a new home in 4 1/2 days.

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Tim Engstrom is the editor of the Albert Lea Tribune. He resides in Albert Lea with his wife, two sons and dog.

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