The first step in creating the 1989 Parade of Homes was taken Friday as The Home Builders Association of Greater Salt Lake broke ground for the annual event scheduled to open in August at the Hidden Oaks residential development in Sandy.

The association presented awards to Sandy City, the Salt Lake Board of Realtors and Hidden Oaks developer Steve Sheffield, whose planned unit development at 117th South and 2000 East has been the Parade of Homes site for the past three years.The awards were for "exceptional support in making the Parade of Homes the outstanding showcase of the best from Salt Lake's home builders."

The Home Builders were, in turn, cited by the Sandy City Chamber of Commerce for staging the Parade in that city.

Harvey said home builders scheduled to build homes for the '89 parade include Sheffield Development; Doug Knight Construction; Ted Payne Custom Homes; Paul Shaw Building Group; Shurtleff Construction, Trent Petersen Construction and Russ Watts Construction.

The Parade of Homes will show 10 homes this year, demonstrating varied residential design concepts and innovative construction. The Home Builders expect all 10 will be pre-sold by the time of the parade opening Aug. 12.

The 1987 parade was selected by the National Home Builders Association as the "single most professional promotion, advertising and execution of a home show in the nation," against competition from more than 1,200 entries nationwide.

Harvey said the show attracts some 80,000 visitors each year and features some 100 exhibitors presenting home decorating, remodeling and furnishing ideas and products.