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Franklin County (Pa.) Builders Show to return next month to Waynesboro

More than 200 vendors are expected to participate in the show, scheduled for March 16-18

January 31, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Franklin County (Pa.) Builders Show will return next month to Waynesboro for the second time in its 29 years.

More than 200 vendors are expected to participate in the show, which is scheduled for March 16-18. It will be held in the former EZ Dumper building at the intersection of Ninth Street and Clayton Avenue.

The 60,000-square-foot building will provide more space than what was used in 2011 in the Waynesboro Mall, according to Tom Hanks, executive director of the Franklin County Builders Association.

“It gives us a lot more than last year,” he said.

The show was held for years in Chambersburg, Pa.

“We stayed in Waynesboro because we could get the best building, and we got such a good response last year,” Hanks said.

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Hanks said about 75 percent of vendor spaces have been sold, including 11 spaces on Tuesday alone. He said vendors are signing up, despite the tough economic times.

“People realize they need to be more aggressive to get their businesses in front of people,” Hanks said.

The builders association hopes its usual crowds of 16,000 over the weekend will be higher because of the larger space, he said.

Hanks said organizers will spend the coming weeks providing electricity to spaces where needed, draping areas, signing up vendors, deciding where signs will go and setting up a kitchen, where the builders association’s women’s auxiliary will benefit from sales.

Admission to the show is $3 or $2 with a canned food item. Those donated items will benefit food banks at Five Forks Church and Waynesboro Community and Human Services, Hanks said.

If you go ...
What: Franklin County Builders Show
Where: Ninth Street and Clayton Avenue
When: noon to 8 p.m. Friday, March 16; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 17; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18

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