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West Virginia Home Show begins Friday in Charleston

Third largest event of its kind in Eastern US kicks off Friday

By JARED HUNT

DAILY MAIL BUSINESS EDITOR

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than 250 vendors have started setting up for the 2014 edition of the West Virginia Home Show, which kicks off Friday at the Charleston Civic Center.

Contractors and building suppliers from around the region will be on hand Friday through Sunday to display products and offer information on home building, remodeling, furnishing and landscaping projects.

“It’s one-stop shopping,” said Peggy Sampson, the show’s manager. “Everything that you could possibly want for a home is here.”

Sampson said vendors will be displaying their latest products, so even if someone doesn’t have a home improvement project in mind right now, they might see something they might want to do in the future.

“Even if you don’t have anything you want to be done now, you can gather ideas and see if there’s something that might spike your interest,” she said.

The Home Show is the largest of its kind in West Virginia, and the third-largest show in the eastern United States.

The more than 250 vendors will be spread across the entire first floor of the Civic Center, including the Coliseum and Grand Hall.

Sampson said the number of vendors is up from previous years, and that the organization has sold out all of the exhibit spaces available for the show. She credited an improving construction economy for the increase this year.

“It’s larger than last year’s show because there’s more money available now for people to do things,” she said.

Sampson said many of the regular vendors and guests who come to the show consider it the beginning of their spring season.

After one of the worst winters in recent memory, she said the show comes at a good time. She thinks there is likely pent-up demand for home improvement, landscaping and construction projects, which she hopes will boost attendance at this years’ show.

“We all have cabin fever,” Sampson said. “I think the winter has been a struggle and people want to get out and do things around their house.”

The show is sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Charleston, the local trade association made up of nearly 170 different builders, contractors and their suppliers.

The local organization is a part of a national network of builders associations that represent more than 150,000 contractors and suppliers nationwide. Sampson said local association officials will be on hand during the show to help people find local qualified contractors to for home improvement projects.

“What we want to do as a builders associations is provide ethical contractors for the general public, not some Johnny-on-the-spot who has a truck,” she said.

Vendors will have several promotions and giveaways throughout the show. The Home Builders Association will be giving away a free flat screen TV, and there will be a silent auction for a fence that will be on display with the outdoor display in the Civic Center lobby.

There will also be a special “Canstruction” event Saturday in the second floor of the lobby. Eight teams of five professionals will compete to build architecturally sound structures out of cans during the afternoon.

They’ll use 300,000 cans — more than 20,000 pounds of food. The canned food will be donated to the Covenant House’s food bank after the show.

The Home Show opens at 4 p.m. Friday and runs to 9:30 p.m. that night. It will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $1 for children age 2 to 12. For more information on the show, visit wvhomeshow.org.

Contact writer Jared Hunt at business@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-4836.


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