TILDEN TWP., Pa. - Trisha Urban and her young daughter Cora walked inside their their new home in Berks County for the first time this afternoon after arriving home to the cheers of thousands of spectators gathered for the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition reveal.
An excited crowd waited all day and erupted when the woman they were waiting for stepped out of a stretch limousine.
Then came that familiar chant: "Move that bus!"
After a few takes to satisfy the needs of the TV production crew, the bus moved and Trisha and Cora were welcomed home.
"I'm just very, very excited," said neighbor Pat Scheffler. "It's a very good thing."
Pat, who lives a half-mile away, left her home at 6:30 in the morning and drove out of her way to catch a bus at Cabela's to be here for this.
"It's very exciting," said Pat. "It's very exciting. It's a very worthy cause. I'm very happy for her, very excited for her."
The excitment kept some folks up all night.
"We've been here all week," said Alex Orlando of Leesport. "We've been showing support for the family and to the volunteers especially, and it's really nice to see it all put together. Everything's done and watch Trisha's face."
Alex and Ashley Miller took the bus back from the site Wednesday and then slept in the bus parking lot to be one of the first here for the reveal.
"We just wanted to be here to see Trisha's face when she sees the gorgeous house," said Ashley.
Volunteers did what they could to keep the large crowd of spectators cool throughout the day by spraying them with water and handing out bottles of water. Many also used umbrellas to block the hot sun.
Trisha and Cora, who spent the last week sequestered at Walt Disney World in Florida without access to TV, Internet, or phones, won't get to stay in their new house tonight.
Production for the show will continue through tomorrow, so they'll actually stay elsewhere tonight.
The home was built by members of the Home Builders Association of Berks County and hundreds of local volunteers who gave up their time over the past week to make Trisha's dream a reality.
It replaces a nearly 300-year-old home that was quickly falling into a state of disrepair since the death of Trisha's husband in February 2009, hours before Cora was born.
Some items from the old home were salvaged for use in and around the new home, including a wood beam for a fireplace mantle.
A fence in front of the home was also made out of wood from the old home. A sign on the gate reads "Urban Hideaway Farm."
Trisha was also given a brand new car.
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