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28th annual Home Show, nice way to get home improvement estimates

March 23, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Hagerstown residents Angela Nallo and her daughter Alexis, 2, put on their matching pink plastic construction hats Saturday at the HCC Home Show. The hats were courtesy of Superior Walls.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

Frederick Penderwhite said he attended the 28th annual Home Show at Hagerstown Community College on Saturday to get information about a generator.

The Williamsport resident said he didn’t want to go through the same thing he did last fall, when a storm knocked out his power for nearly two days

“I’ve never had my power out that long before,” Penderwhite said.

He said he has been attending the Home Show, which is sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Washington County, Herald-Mail Media and Shawley’s Superior LP Gas, for the past three years.

The event is a nice way to get estimates from vendors for home improvement projects, Penderwhite said. In many cases, vendors will offer discounts to clients they meet at the Home Show.

“Every little bit helps out with the way the economy is,” he said. “You have to be smart. We’re always doing stuff to the house. This is a good place to get deals.”

Penderwhite was one of hundreds of people who browsed the inside of HCC’s Athletic, Recreation and Community Center on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Close to 100 vendors offered a variety of home improvement wares that ranged from roofing to landscaping to heating and cooling.

Tim Fields, Home Show Committee chairman, said despite the sluggish economy, participation in the event has remained steady for the last five or six years.

He said vendors paid $500 to several thousand dollars to rent a booth at the two-day event.

“It gives our vendors a chance to meet their old customers and meet some new customers,” Fields said. “It gives attendees a chance to talk to a little more than 100 vendors.”

Tad Tweed, owner of MAC Energy Supply, said his family has sold heating items at their Smithsburg store since the late 1980s, but Saturday’s Home Show marked only the second time that he attended the event.

He said he returned this year because he drummed up a lot of business at the show in 2012.

“I think we got another 30 or 40 new customers out of it,” Tweed said of last year’s Home Show. “Thirty or 40 customers represents quite a bit of money.”

Tweed said an average stove job costs about $4,000.

“Today’s been pretty good,” he said. “We’ve had a good show.”

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If you go ...

What: Home Show 2013
When: Today, 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
Where: Hagerstown Community College’s Athletic, Recreation and Community Center
Cost: Adults, $2; children 12 and younger admitted free

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