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17th Home Show at Martinsburg Mall to have more than 230 exhibits

New for this year are "home buyer" panel discussions to offer information and tips on financing

March 07, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — With more than 230 exhibits, the 17th Home Show slated for this weekend at Martinsburg Mall promises to be one of the largest yet, Eastern Panhandle Home Builders Association Executive Officer David Hartley said Wednesday.

The variety of exhibitors for this year’s show, which opens Friday at 10 a.m., is probably greater than previous years and coincides with some improvement in the housing market where prices are stabilizing, Hartley said.

“We’ve got a long ways to go,” Hartley said.

The three-day show presented by the nonprofit organization is free to the public. New for this year’s event are “home buyer” panel discussions by industry professionals, who will offer information and tips on financing and how to navigate through the home-buying process, Hartley said.

The discussions will be Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the former Sears department store space.

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The show continues through Sunday at 6 p.m., but the last bids for the event’s popular silent auction are due by 4 p.m., according to the show’s lineup of special events.

Entertainment includes Builder Bob, performances by the Back Creek Valley Boys and Drymill Road bluegrass bands on Friday and Sunday, respectively, and a magic show and workshop on Saturday by Mario Orsini. Wonderment Puppets also is taking part in the event on Friday and Saturday, and a Lowe’s Kids Clinic also will be held Saturday.

Hartley said Martinsburg Mall not only has proven to a good location for the Home Show over the years, but he credited the retail center’s management team for being “a great partner.”

Hartley said the mall reported having about 55,000 visitors over the weekend of last year’s show, which he contends is the largest in the Tri-State area.

Hartley credited the work of a committee of some of the Home Builders Association’s more than 200 members for making the event a success.

For more information on the Home Show, including a schedule of special events and exhibitor list, go to www.ephomeshow.com.

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