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Home Show celebrates its 20th edition

Home Show celebrates its 20th edition

March 13, 2005|by TARA REILLY

HAGERSTOWN - While cozy-looking spas, the latest kitchen designs and plenty of other home-related exhibits grabbed a good deal of attention Saturday, Mike and Jennifer Burdett of Hagerstown were on the hunt for a mortgage company.

The Burdetts, who are shopping for their first home, said they hoped Home Show 2005 would make their search a little easier.

The show, in its 20th year and organized by the Home Builders Association of Washington County, continues today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.


The event features more than 180 companies and 201 exhibits, about 20 percent to 30 percent more exhibits than last year, association Executive Director Debi Turpin said.

Turpin said the variety of exhibitors, including banks, construction companies, developers and home improvement businesses, helped reel in the crowds Saturday.

"Attendance has been above our expectations ..." Turpin said. "The diversity in the show has definitely drawn a lot of people."

The Burdetts said they wanted to find a mortgage company that fits their budget.

They're planning to leave Washington County and buy a home in West Virginia or Pennsylvania, where the cost of housing is less expensive, they said.

"We'd like to live here, but ..." Jennifer Burdett said.

"If you work here, you can't afford to live here," Mike Burdett said.

Others in attendance who already own their homes were able to sit in on free seminars on topics such as kitchen and bathroom remodeling, choosing replacement windows and doors, and carpet cleaning.

More seminars, including "Painting 101" and "Trends in Flooring," will be offered today.

On Friday, the association held a Benefit Concert & Auction at HCC's Kepler Theater to benefit Safe Place, the Washington County Child Advocacy Center.

Turpin said the event raised more than $4,000.

Local country artists Tori Anderson and Possum Holler performed, and items auctioned included memorabilia signed by Shania Twain, Toby Keith, Reba McEntire and Kathy Mattea.

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