Earlier this year, Qualcomm Stadium was home to San Diego's first Building Careers in Construction Expo. Described as "an extraordinary display of unity and cooperation," the event was a great success. Dozens of exhibitors -- including other industry associations and representatives from several building trades unions -- attracted hundreds of visitors to the event, who came to learn about the many career opportunities available in the trades. At the Aug. 3 Building Careers in Construction Expo 2004 awards luncheon, ABC was thrilled to receive the "Best Exhibit" award for its 40-by-40-foot interactive booth. Featuring hands-on exhibits and demonstrations in plumbing, electrical, low voltage electrical, fire/life/safety and sheet metal as well as two carpentry contests -- everyone's favorite, a nail hammering contest, and another using an electric drill, called "Fastest Gun in the West" -- it was rumored to be the best booth at the event. Tracey Barrett, ABC's director of education, was on hand to accept the award. "We'd like to thank all the contractors, apprentices and instructors who contributed to our exhibit," Barrett said. "We had a great turnout, received many applications, and are looking forward to taking home the 'Best Exhibit' award again in 2005!" Construction Tech Academy, located on the campus of Kearny High School, was the designated Expo 2004 beneficiary. It was presented with a check for $20,000 -- proceeds from monies raised by exhibitors and sponsors, to assist the academy in expanding its construction programs. The organizers of Building Careers in Construction are hoping to make this an annual San Diego event. ABC apprenticeship committees are already making plans for Expo 2005. Said former ABC apprenticeship director and 77th District Assemblyman Jay LaSuer, who spoke at this year's expo, "I'd like to help make this an even bigger event next year. You really have something here!"