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Vendors, visitors flock to Home Show

November 30, 1999|By DON AINES

From the tools to build it to the banks to finance it, everything needed to put a roof over your head was under one roof Saturday at Home Show 2007 at Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.

Some of the hundreds of people walking about the 200 exhibitor booths were looking to start from scratch on a new house.

"We're looking to downsize. I'm not sure where we're going yet, but we're looking for ideas," said Donna Crider of Chambersburg, Pa. She and her husband, Clark, plan to build a house when they retire.

"I'd love to have a log house," Crider said.

"We come over here every year to see what's new. We buy and restore old homes," said Wade Burkholder of Chambersburg, taking in the show with his wife, Linda. "These home shows are wonderful. You get new ideas and meet with the vendors."

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Kevin and Michelle Stouffer of Williamsport were looking for a company to pave a driveway. Half an hour later, they still were looking, but had picked up other brochures along the way.

"We got some information on windows," Michelle Stouffer said. The couple owns properties that need new windows, she said.

Sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Washington County, the 22nd annual show drew people from Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The show continues today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Some displays took hours to set up, such as the one from Nitterhouse Masonry in Chambersburg. A few hundred concrete pavers and blocks were hauled in and assembled into a courtyard, saleswoman Debbie Noel said.

Benjamin Humberson was perhaps the most relaxed vendor at the show, sitting back in a rocking chair he crafted at Studio Niche in Hagerstown.

"I'm not used to sitting this long," Humberson said.

Made of local materials, some of the examples of chairs and stands he brought were made of sycamore, English walnut and black walnut ? solid, functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Not all of the vendors are geared toward homeowners. Washco Management Corp. has an inventory of 500 rentals and 500,000 square feet of commercial properties in the Tri-State area, Vice President Adam Emral Shaool said.

Some people are in need of temporary housing while building a home, Shaool said. The show also offers an opportunity to network with other vendors and visibility.

"It's not just about sales," Shaool said. "It's about getting our name out there."

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