Great American Home show draws crowds

PARKERSBURG – The second day of the 2013 Great American Home Show was busy as a crowd browsed various wares for home building and improvement as well as art and craft items.

Some people at the show said they noticed the show seemed to have more vendors and visitors than last year.

Bennie Graham, of Lubeck, said the show seemed to be bigger than last year’s show.

“It seems like they have made some improvement in the number of exhibitors, more to see than last year,” he said. “Everybody is pretty congenial about answering questions.”

Graham said he came to the show to see what was available in security systems.

Williamstown resident Neil Uhl said the show seemed bigger than before.

“I’ve been here years ago and this seems to be much bigger,” he said. “I was looking at roofing.”

Uhl said he also took a look at stacking stones that may be helpful to shore up a retaining wall on his property.

Ed and Linda Brigner, of Walker, said they had just built a house and were at the show to look at a few items.

“We still have a few little odds and ends to finish,” Ed Brigner said. “We are looking at whole house generator and finishing and all.”

Linda Brigner said they got some ideas abut block and brick work at Saturday’s show, as well as a John Deere mower for their property.

“Seems like there’s a lot more here to look at,” she said.

Wendy Crawford, owner of Sweet Dreams Chocolate in Ravenswood, said she had not been to any shows since she opened her shop.

“I talked to people from Jackson County who had been to the show and they all said it could help to bring in some business from the Parkersburg area,” she said.

Crawford said she took the time to look around at the other exhibits.

Connie Wince, owner of Lamps and Light of Things in Harrisville, said she was at her first home show.

“It’s been a great day,” she said. “The participation level is very high. they tell me when the men come to shop the crafters fill in the time for the ladies.”

Jen Collinsworth, a sales representative for Wayne Homes, said the company was at its second Great American Home Show. She said the company was displaying its 40 standard house plans that can built as presented or can be customized.

“We can work with people who bring in their own plans,” she said. “We assist customers in finding property or have the property or have family land they are splitting up.”

Collinsworth said the company will begin construction on four homes this spring.

Bobby Strong, residential sales representative with Mountaineer Mechanical and Trane Heating and Cooling, said the show was busy Friday and Saturday.

“We’ve talked to tons of people here,” he said. “We’re ready to talk with some homeowners and see what we can do for them in heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical and roofing. It’s also nice to meet other business owners in the area.”

Organized by the Home Builders Association of the Mid-Ohio Valley, the event will continue from noon-4 p.m. today, before wrapping up for another year. Admission is $3 for adults and $5 for couples.