2011 National Hardware Show: Day Two

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The Frost King warmed up the crowd at the Thermwell Products booth. He poses here with Abbra Kalinowski of Flexpan.

Westlake Ace Hardware CEO George Smith, right, accepts the Home Channel News 2011 Retailer of the Year Award from HCN's Jim Reynolds during Wednesday's Golden Hammer Awards breakfast.

The Bemis booth showcased its variety of colors and styles in toilet seats, while promoting the virtues of recycled materials in its seats.

Wednesday's activities included a tailgate party in the outdoor Tailgate Pavilion featuring live music, food and free beer courtesy of Corona Beer, the new Official Beer Sponsor of the National Hardware Show.

The 2011 National Hardware Show runs through Thursday. It features some 2,300 vendors -- including 740 first-time exhibitors in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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