Final Push is on to Finish Extreme Home Makeover

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

Host Ty Pennington tapes himself as he announces that the Gibb's home has been demolished and that the family will get a new house during the taping for an upcoming edition of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" north of West Union, Iowa on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011. Scenes of the crowd of volunteers cheering were shot out of sequence Monday to be edited into the finished program. (AP Photo/The Waterloo Courier, Rick Chase)


By KCRG Intern

WEST UNION, Iowa - The walls are up, now the race is on.

In the matter of one week volunteers and crews from ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition built a West Union family a new home.

Audrey Gibbs is a widow and single mother of six children who is also legally blind.

The show’s popular design team is putting the finishing touches on the home and spending some time with fans.

You never know who might show up on the set of Extreme Makeover Home Edition, and that mystery is why many fans stood around watching and waiting all day.

Dan Lake said, “I went up to them and started having them all autograph my shirt. They are very nice. ”

Fans watched as volunteer crews worked. They cheered when they got a glimpse of the celebrity designers. Members of the design team made time to talk to fans, sign some autographs, even make some calls to fans at home

Designer Tracy Hutson said, “we have had such an amazing response from everyone who was come out to help or wanted to donate or whatever it is. ”

But this is crunch time for the design staff.

"We're still building a ton of stuff here. And hoping our furniture comes and makes it in so we can bring the family in on Sunday morning. ” Hutson said.

They say the help from some many volunteers actually put them ahead of the game.

Designer Jeff Dye said, “I’m not feeling it on this one. I feel good. I’m in a good place. We are right on schedule. I am not that stressed out. ”

The fans are happy to hear that because they are here to have some fun.

Waukon Harley-Davidson will hold a fundraiser for the Gibbs family Saturday morning. It's a motor cycle ride through Winnesheik County. The ride starts at 10 a.m. at Waukon Harley-Davidson and costs $20 per person.

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