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Annual home show is building a following

March 11, 2001

Annual home show is building a following



By TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

This year's 16th Annual Home Show offered more than building supplies and remodeling ideas to Richard Sanders of Hagerstown.

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"I can't get by the Girl Scout cookies," Sanders said.

The Girl Scouts of America was one of the 85 groups and businesses that had a booth at the Home Show, held Saturday and Sunday at the Athletic Recreation and Community Center at Hagerstown Community College.

Between 3,500 to 4,000 people attended the show, which is put on by the Home Builders Association of Washington County. It was the largest crowd the show has ever had, said Debi Turpin, executive vice president of the association.

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Sanders left the event Sunday with boxes of cookies and some tips for replacing windows at his home.

"I came to look and see what some of the people had to offer," he said.

Sanders said he goes to the show every year.

"This year, I was looking for certain things," he said. "Last year, I was just looking."

Turpin called this year's show the best one so far, as well as the best attended.

"I think the thing we can be proudest of is when someone comes to the show, they can find anything they want to build a home," Turpin said. "Without hesitation, I can say it's been the best show to date."

On hand were lawn-care specialists, real-estate agencies and masons to architects, appliance dealers and surveyors.

The show also offered building seminars and a Kids' Clinic, sponsored by Lowe's Improvement Warehouse, in which children built bird houses, bug boxes and peanut butter bird feeders.

Another attraction was Canstruction, a national community service project in which competitors build structures out of canned and boxed food to benefit non-profit groups.

All of the cans and boxes of food used in the local competition will be donated to Food Resources Inc. of Hagerstown.

The competition was open to professionals, businesses and design classes. Proffit and Pryor Architects, which won the Judges' Favorite award, built a castle called "The Magical Land of Can-melot" out of 4,050 cans and 80 food boxes.

The group used white soup cans for the main walls and cans of beans for towers.

Burrey Moser Gehr Architects won the Structural Ingenuity category for building a Civil War cannon out of 884 cans. Citicorp Credit Services Inc won the Best Meal award by building "A House in the Citi," in which the group constructed a house out of soup cans and used packets of Kool-Aid for the roof. Lakin and Moats Architects and Antietam Design Build and Associates teamed up to create "Canpunzel's Castle" out of 732 cans. The team won the Best Use of Labels award.

Karen Wetzel of Hagerstown said she attends the show every year just to take in all the exhibits and maybe pick up a few ideas. She has been going to the show for at least the last five years.

"I just enjoy seeing the new things they have to offer each year," Wetzel said.

Turpin said, for next year, the Home Builders Association hopes to add more exhibitors and attract more people.

"We're already looking forward to 2002."

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