WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Franklin County (Pa.) Builders Show starts Friday in its new location at the Waynesboro Mall.
One-hundred-and-seventy vendors were setting up booths and displays in the past few days in preparation for the show's noon opening. Crews spent weeks installing spotlights, fixing six bathrooms and cleaning the vacant spaces.
"This place will be a lot better when we leave," said Tom Hanks, executive director of the Franklin County Builders Association.
Overflow parking will be available at Summitview Elementary School and Waynesboro Area Senior High School, Hanks said. A trolley from LL Trolley Express will provide free shuttle service, he said.
The builders show was held in Chambersburg, Pa., for its first 27 years.
Hanks praised cooperation from Waynesboro people and organizations, including Mayor Richard Starliper, Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce Director Carlene Willhide, firefighters, fire police and police.
"It's just been a community effort," Hanks said. "I don't know what more the community could do than it has."
Willhide said the builders show, which had attendance of 18,000 last year, provides an opportunity to showcase Waynesboro.
"I'm just excited to show people what we have to offer in our community," she said.
On Thursday morning, John Beck from Rouzerville, Pa., landscaper and garden center Green Arbor was setting up a display with artificial grass, a seating wall, and live plants with different colors and textures.
"This is our first time" for the builders show, Beck said. "It's in our hometown."
Brett Frey from Mobile Works Pressure Washing Professionals of Chambersburg, Pa., said he participated in the builders show last year.
"I got a lot of good leads off it," Frey said.
Frey said he'll show before and after pictures from cleaning roofs, houses, decks, stones and brick.
Total Vac's display booth will include central vacuuming systems and upright vacuums.
"They're all made in the U.S.A.," said Adam Long, who was helping his father, Sam, prepare for the show.
Total Vac of Rouzerville, Pa., decided to participate in the Franklin County Builders Show for the first time because of its relocation to Waynesboro, Adam Long said.