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Home Improvement Star To Headline 50th Anniversary AWFS Fair Awards Ceremony

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Richard Karn, best known for his role as Al Borland, the lovable sidekick of Tim Allen’s character on the nineties hit sitcom Home Improvement, will add his star luster to the 50th Anniversary Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers Fair Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas, Thursday, July 19, 2007. Following his role as the expert craftsmen and woodworker Al Borland, Karn served as the host of Family Feud for three seasons, and also made a celebrity appearance in The Strokes’ music video for the hit song “Someday.” He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Tudi and young son. "AWFS is excited that Richard Karn has agreed to headline this event. We want all the attendees to enjoy their experience at the show and Karn is a perfect addition, we are very fortunate to have Richard share his extensive talent with everyone at the awards banquet," said Skip Hem, AWFS chairman of the board. The AWFS®Fair expects to celebrate its 50th anniversary in style, by hosting the most successful event to date. This acclaimed exposition brings many of the leading equipment and supply companies that service the home and commercial furnishings industry together to discuss business opportunities, identify market trends and learn about new technologies. AWFS®Vegas is a winner of the Tradeshow Week “Fastest 50” award for both the 2003 and 2005 events. In 2005, the Fair was also promoted nine spots – from 51 to 42 – making it into the top 50 of the Tradeshow Week 200 and is expected to have another record breaking event this year. This biennial event combines the largest exhibition of woodworking hardware and machinery, board and panel products, upholstery material, wood components, supplies, services and new technologies in North America with unmatched networking opportunities and the finest professional educational conference in the industry. About AWFS: Founded in 1911, AWFS is the largest national trade association in the United States representing companies that supply the home and commercial furnishings industry. AWFS has an international membership that includes manufacturers and distributors of machinery, hardware, lumber, upholstery, materials, bedding and other supplies to the furniture, cabinet manufacturers and custom woodworkers. Its primary goals are to offer the most valuable tradeshow to the industry, to strengthen industry education and to build a more cohesive network of industry associations. For more information, visit www.awfs.org.

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