Builders Show expected to draw 13,000

March 12, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Shrubs, televisions and doors were being carried into the site of the Franklin County Builders Show on Thursday in preparation for this weekend's main event.

Thirteen thousand people are expected for the 26th annual show, which is being held in the old Lowe's building on U.S. 30. The store, which is east of Interstate 81 Exit 16, most recently held clothing retailer Steve & Barry's.

"If it's for the home, it's here," Tom Hanks said as he held the front door for vendors on Thursday morning.

Hanks, executive officer of the Franklin County Builders Association, said this year's three-day show will have a record 240 vendors from as far s York, Pa., and Winchester, Va. Most of the vendors hail from Franklin and Washington counties, he said.


Some vendors are making changes to their booths.

"With the economy this year, we're down-sizing (the display) because we don't think it'll be as big," said Mike Coy of Cumberland Garage Doors.

Past shows have been good for business, he said.

Coy's colleague, Doyle Strouse, praised the Franklin County Builders Show for its variety, something Hanks believes is the primary reason for the show's success. Hanks described the Chambersburg exhibition as "not just a hot tub and shed show."

"You don't need to go anywhere else. Everything's in one place," said Diane Ebersole, a Realtor with a booth at the show.

She enjoyed visiting the show in the past and started featuring her own booth about five years ago.

"I've gotten a number of customers every year," said Ebersole, an agent with RE/MAX.

She plans to provide information about new first-time homebuyer tax credits this weekend.

Waynesboro, Pa., father-and-son team Leon and TR Adler spent Thursday morning setting up their display of handcrafted doors, most of which are used in homes or churches.

"These are heirloom quality versus tin-can quality," TR Adler said.

This will be the Adlers' first Franklin County Builders Show, but they have high hopes based on what they've heard from other vendors.

Several other new vendors this year plan to demonstrate methods of alternative energy sources, Hanks said.

If you go

What: 26th annual Franklin County Builders Show

When: Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: The former Lowe's and Steve & Barry's, 1320 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg, Pa.

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