Vendors have a lot on their plates for Franklin Co. Builders Show

March 14, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • By Yvette May/Staff Photographer Tim Everetts, Kurt Bitikofer and Melody Shubert, from left in rear, prepare an outside kitchen display while a worker carries supplies into the former EZ Dumper building in Waynesboro, Pa., where the 2012 Franklin County (Pa.) Builders Show will be held Friday through Sunday.
By Yvette May, Staff Photographer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Pizza ovens.

Solar technology and geothermal energy.

Outdoor dining rooms.

Vendors are cooking up a whole new set of ways to impress potential customers as they prepare their displays for this weekend’s Franklin County (Pa.) Builders Show.

A variety of household services and products will be offered by the 200 vendors who are setting up displays for the 29th annual show being held at the former EZ Dumper building.

“I think visitors are going to be surprised by some of the spectacular displays,” said Tom Hanks, executive director of the Franklin County Builders Association.

Admission is $3 or $2 with donation of a canned food item for local charities.

Robb Fox, of Chambersburg, Pa., spent Wednesday setting up a display for his landscaping company in partnership with Kurt’s Ponds and F&M Surfaces.

Their space features an outdoor living area with designated kitchen, cabinets, dining table, pond and fireplace. It also features a pizza oven in line with what Fox said is becoming a big trend for homeowners.

“We’re trying to create rooms,” Fox said.

The builders show has served as Fox’s primary marketing tool for years.

“There are a lot of different styles, a lot of good professionals here,” he said.

Burnell Weaver from Shippensburg, Pa., also set up an outdoor living space with kitchen, pergola and fireplace. His business, Weaver’s Landscape Co., tackles every step of the design and construction process.

“We get new customers through the show and see previous customers. ... I think it’s a great place to see local services,” he said.

The show features solar technology for the first time, Hanks said. Vendors with information about geothermal energy also will be present, he said.

“We just have a lot of variety,” Hanks said, listing booths with new home builders, roofers, gutter repairmen and garage makeover teams.

If you go ...
What: 29th annual Franklin County (Pa.) Builders Show
Where: Ninth Street and Clayton Avenue in Waynesboro, Pa.
When: noon to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

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