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Home show draws crowds to W.Va. mall

March 12, 2012
  • Virginia Schmidt, left, and Christa Negley, both of Gerrardstown, W.Va., talk to John Kattwinkel at the R&L Landscapes display Sunday at the Eastern Panhandle Home Show at the Martinsburg (W.Va.) Mall.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Final numbers are being tabulated for the 17th annual home show, but Eastern Panhandle Home Builders Association Executive Director David Hartley said he feels crowds were similar to those in past years.

Organizers expected 55,000 visitors over the course of the weekend at the Martinsburg Mall.

Hartley said the guests seemed to be motivated buyers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“I talked to a lot of the vendors, and they feel positive about the interest they got and the opportunities to do business,” he said.

The 2012 home show featured more special events and music, including bluegrass bands, seminars and a magic show, according to Hartley.

“It’s a great opportunity for the residents to visit with the vendors,” he said.

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

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