Great American Home Show begins on Friday

PARKERSBURG – The 2014 Great American Home Show opens Friday and will run through Sunday, providing ideas on home improvement projects area residents may want to tackle in the spring.

Sponsored by the Home Builders Association of the Mid-Ohio Valley, the home show will be held in the former Big Bear in the Park Shopping Center and will feature about 70 vendors.

John Farnsworth, executive director of the association, said interest remains strong in the home show and the vendors.

“We will have some new vendors that will make a difference in the show,” he said.

The home show will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults, $5 for couples and free for children.

The home show generally 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.

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.

For a third year, craft tables will be set up during the show. Farnsworth said interest remains the same and a few new crafters will be joining the home show this year.

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. Sunday.