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Annual Home Show event hosts 190 vendors

Annual Home Show event hosts 190 vendors

March 05, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

Despite the continuing slump in the housing market, an organizer for this weekend's Home Show 2009 is still expecting a big turnout.

Everybody's business is down, but the Home Show is an event, said Debi Turpin, executive director for Home Builders Association of Washington County.

"(People) come to the show to enjoy the show and when they get there, they find there's something they'd like to do, or some new product or service, or new idea," Turpin said.

More than 6,000 people came to last year's show and Turpin is hoping to draw close to that number again.

The show is Saturday and Sunday at Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.

About 190 vendors are expected to exhibit their products and services. New vendors include the Humane Society of Washington County and a radon mitigation contractor, Turpin said.


There will not be a benefit concert and auction this year, but there will be a kids zone with art projects such as sand art and foam art that kids can create for free and take home, Turpin said.

There will be door prizes offered by exhibitors, plus visitors can "fish" with a tape measure for a prize.

Whether or not Tri-State-area residents are actually planning a remodel right now, Turpin said they could come to the Home Show to get ideas.

Much of the current work is in renovating homes, she said.

"I'm certain the exhibitors understand the economy, understand people may not be doing projects of the same scope that they would have thought about doing a couple of years ago or even last year," Turpin said.

If you go ...

WHAT: Home Show 2009

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 8

WHERE: Athletic, Recreation and Community Center, Hagerstown Community College off Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown

COST: $2; free for ages 12 and younger

MORE: A shuttle will pick up and drop off Home Show attendees in all areas of the parking lot.

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