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Hundreds go to Home Show

March 07, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Despite the recession, hundreds of people flocked to Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center Saturday to attend the 24th annual Home Show.

Debi Turpin, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Washington County, said 186 vendors paid about $500 per booth to participate.

"We have had an amazing turnout today," Turpin said. "It's grown to become an event."

Participating vendors sold everything from showers to swing sets. Foot traffic slowed to a crawl as people stopped to ogle at the latest items in home improvement.

Bonnie Beachley of Greencastle, Pa., said she attends the Home Show almost every year.

"This is a great place to come and see everything at one time," she said. "You don't have to drive around."

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Beachley said vendors are lowering their prices because of the recession.

"Everyone is trying to do the best they can," she said.

Duke Krek of HPG Windows and Doors said consumers use the Internet to educate themselves in an effort to find the best deals.

"They ask about tax rebates," he said. "A majority of everything we have qualifies."

Krek said the recession has caused some vendors to compare their prices with those offered by business rivals to remain competitive.

"We're trying to remain aggressive," he said. "We're trying to show some of those advantages we have to offer."

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