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Great American Home Show, vendors hammer out deals in Parkersburg

People gathered at the armory for the annual Great American Home Show. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

PARKERSBURG — Area homeowners jumped into this year’s home projects on Saturday by visiting the 2020 Great American Home Show at the National Guard Armory in south Parkersburg.

There are 50 exhibitors this year, said Trisha McKay, show organizer and executive officer with the Homebuilders Association of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

“Right now is a quiet time for contractors, but they will book up quickly,” she said.

McKay said the home show is a good time to get projects lined up before the good weather arrives and the contractors are booked up.

The home show, which concludes today, features businesses including builders, remodelers, landscapers, heating-and-cooling experts, kitchen-and-bath specialists, foundation repair, patio builders, energy-efficient windows and doors, home security, home design, fencing, insulation products and lawn and garden equipment.

An example of a full working drawing from layouts to dimensions created by Don Saxon. This shows a before and after view of how a home could be improved. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

“Today I am just browsing,” said John Johnson, of Parkersburg.

Johnson said he co-owns a construction business and he enjoys attending the show to see what new items and techniques have hit the local market, as well as to show support for other local businesses.

Support was a key factor for many of those attending the event.

“I have been coming here for several years now,” said Jeremy Adams, of Parkersburg.

Adam said that he comes out to support the local businesses.

“When the money stays local everyone benefits,” said Adams.

Don Saxton, of Charleston, owner of Saxton Drawings, said he has been setting up a booth for years at the Great American Home Show.

“I have met so many nice people traveling around the state,” said Saxton.

Saxton said he enjoys going to different areas and expanding his work.

“I have met people from many different backgrounds and cultures and it has expanded my knowledge and abilities,” he said.

Saxton talked about some layouts he had to create in all Spanish and another layout that required the metric system because it was being built in Lebanon.

“You learn a lot not only from your clients but from attending events such as the home show where ideas can mesh together,” he said.

The Home Show will be open today from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and kids are free.

At 3 p.m. an auction will be held for three Wincore Window and Door packages worth $5,000 each.

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com

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