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Hundreds expected for builders show at Martinsburg Mall

March 09, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — More than 230 exhibitors are slated to take part in the Eastern Panhandle Home Builders Association's 16th Home Show when the three-day event kicks off Friday at the Martinsburg Mall.

Of the exhibitors, about 200 companies are expected to participate in the sold-out show, which opens at 10 a.m. on Friday and continues through 6 p.m. Sunday, according to Home Builders Association Executive Officer David Hartley.

More than 200 items are expected to be sold in a silent auction, which Hartley said has grown in popularity each year.

"Renew" is the theme for the 2011 show and Hartley said a number of vendors will be available to talk to people about remodeling, refinancing or new ideas, including the latest in energy conservation, efficiency and renewable resources.

While new home construction has not returned to levels of four, five and six years ago, Hartley said he believes homeowners are starting to feel more confident about starting home improvement projects.

The Home Show is a fundraiser for the Home Builders Association, but Hartley said the event also offers a good opportunity to highlight the efforts of the organization's more than 200 members.

A volunteer committee began working in September on the 2011 show and organizers continue to try to offer something for the whole family, Hartley said.  

Builder Bob, a popular costumed character, will be on hand to visit with youngsters and adults alike and the Martinsburg Fire Department will be hosting fire safety demonstrations outside the Mall on Saturday and Sunday.  Lowe's will be conducting a Kids Build & Grow Clinic on Saturday and two magic shows also will be held on Saturday.

A rain barrel workshop and demonstration is on tap for Sunday.

More information about the Home Show is on the Internet at http://www.easternwvhomebuilders.org or individuals can call 304-267-4710.

— Matthew Umstead

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