Great American Home Show sees good attendance

PARKERSBURG – With the help of good weather, the 2014 Great American Home Show was busy Saturday.

“The sunshine helped us,” said organizer John Farnsworth, executive director of the Home Builders Association of the Mid-Ohio Valley, which sponsors the event. “Most of the vendors are tickled to death with the turnout.”

The show, which offers area residents a chance to look at different products and services for potential home improvement projects, kicked off Friday with 425 viewers with 70 vendors and 20 crafters.

“The attendance was about average, but I’m sure (Saturday) will be much larger,” Farnsworth added.

The home show typically features builders, remodelers, landscapers, heating-and-cooling experts, kitchen-and-bath specialists, foundation repair, patio builders, pavement companies, carpet services, energy-efficient windows and doors, home security, home design, fencing, insulation products, satellite television, and lawn and garden equipment.

Farnsworth said a number of the vendors at this year’s show are first-time participants.

“This is the first year we have chosen to come here and it is great,” said Jerry Hargraves with Alfrod Home Solutions of Nitro. “We will be back.”

Also a first-year vendor, Arielle Mills with Origins Granite of Charleston, said the stoneworks company will likely be back as well.

“We are getting ready to open a showroom in Vienna and wanted people to know what we are,” Mills said. “There are so many people with a lot of interest, which makes me happy.”

The Great American Home Show has been an annual event in the area for more than 30 years and remains popular with local residents. Attendance for the weekend usually runs between 3,500-4,000 people. The event’s sponsors include Wincore Windows and Doors and Wayne Homes.

Organizers are giving away $500, $250 and $125 as door prizes to be used with any vendor in the show. There will be a silent auction with more than 75 items to bid on, which will run through the weekend, ending at 4 p.m. today.

The home show continues today from noon to 4 p.m. at the former Big Bear store in the Park Shopping Center.