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Record turnout at home show

March 14, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. -- Franklin County rounded out a Tri-State-area trio of home shows this weekend with what organizers called a record turnout.

The 26th annual Franklin County Builders Show in Chambersburg always has been a popular event, said Larry Eberly, co-chairman of the show.

Eberly estimated about 15,000 people would spent the weekend browsing the products and services of around 250 vendors at the show.

Similar shows in Martinsburg, W.Va., two weeks ago and Hagerstown last week drew as many as 40,000 people and 230 vendors.

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The beauty of a home show is it brings all aspects of a building project into one place, Eberly said.

"The show covers everything from Realtors and lenders to builders, landscapers and interior designers," he said. "If you tell me what you need, I can point you to multiple vendors who can meet your needs."

Hosted by the Franklin County Builders Association, the show breathed new life into the old Lowe's building on Lincoln Way East. The facility has been vacant since Steve and Barry's clothing store moved out in 2008.

Tex Shaffer of Chambersburg said the wealth of information this year was particularly impressive.

While Shaffer and his wife, Linda, said they did not come with any specific projects in mind, they left the show with a few ideas to toss around.

Mary Kimmel of Chambersburg said the eye-catching displays always give her new ideas.

Inspiring projects is part of what motivated Scott Rosenbaum of Rosenbaum's Landscaping in Chambersburg to set up an elaborate display.

Rosenbaum said the new customers he will get through the show is worth every penny for the four spots he rented.

Eberly said the show is a fundraiser for the builders association.

On top of charging $3 for general admission and $2 with a canned food donation, each vendor paid between $550 and $675 per booth space.

The show continues today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you go



What: 26th annual Franklin County Builders Show

When: Today, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Cost: $3 for adults ($2 with a canned food item); free for ages 16 and younger

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