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Home Show 2008 at HCC builds big dreams

March 08, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- Beth and Bobby Lynn of Fayetteville, Pa., arrived at Home Show 2008 Saturday morning intending to browse for flooring and window ideas, but came away with dreams of a more luxurious nature.

"The hot tubs were our favorite," Beth Lynn said. "We can dream."

Between 6,000 and 7,000 people were expected to attend the 23rd annual show, which began Saturday at Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center, said Debi Turpin, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Washington County, which presents the event each year.

Vendors from around the Tri-State area signed up for the 238 booths at this year's event, which offered more variety than any previous show, Turpin said.

Vendors included home builders, remodelers, flooring companies, financial institutions and landscapers.

Oliver Homes, based in Hagerstown, sets up a booth at the show every year, said Terri Bowers, a design and building consultant for the company.

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"A lot of people stop by and talk to us," Bowers said. Many of the people interested in information about Oliver Homes want to build on lots they already own, she said.

People particularly were interested in what house plans the company offers, Bowers said.

Each year, the show generates between $50,000 and $100,000 in business for Randy Perry, owner of a fence company based in Fayetteville.

Perry has been a vendor at the show for four or five years, and said a lot of great vendors with quality materials attend every year.

Tom Grosh heard the show was a good way to build business, and this weekend was the first time he attended the show as a vendor, he said. Grosh, owner of Grosh's Lawn Service, said the Home Builders Association worked with him a great deal to prepare for the event.

Most of the people that Grosh talked to Saturday complained about dead lawns, and were interested in lawn treatments, he said.

Diane Brining of Hagerstown has been attending the show for years, she said.

On Saturday, she and her husband, Jack, were looking at sun porch enclosures and browsing other new products and ideas.

"It's great to see what's available," she said.

This year's show offered the largest number of vendors ever, and was expected to generate the biggest crowds ever, Turpin said.

The show continues today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.




If you go

What: Home Show 2008

When: Today, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center, Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown

Cost: $2; free for ages 12 and younger

For information, go to www.hbaofwashingtoncounty.org.

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