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Kids get in the Zone at home show

March 08, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- Heat pumps. Boring. Insulation. Yawn.

That is, if you're a kid.

While adults checked out the latest in home improvement at the 24th annual Home Show at Hagerstown Community College Sunday, the little ones had their own thing going in the Kids Zone. In an area at the back of the college's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center, children could try their hand at foam art and colored-sand creations.

Or "fishing," contractor style.

In this type of angling, kids stretched out a metal tape measure as long as they could to snag a plastic ring.

If they could do it without the tape measure snapping under pressure, they got a prize like a toy glider or an inflatable sword.

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Duane Hine sat a table with his son, Logan, as the boy made a banner out of a piece of flat foam. Logan added some dinosaurs and his name for a personal touch.

"It gives them something to do while the adults are doing non-kids' stuff," Duane Hine said.

The sand art included filling plastic figurines like dolphins and unicorns with different sand hues, creating varying layers of color.

Despite the poor economy, organizers of the home show were pleasantly surprised by the numbers of people who showed up. Organizers said Sunday they believed people were coming to the show with an interest in fixing up the homes they have instead of forking out money for a new home.

Hine said he was looking at a new heat pump for his house so his family could be "more green than we are."

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