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Great American Home Show wraps up in Parkersburg

A variety of businesses, services and organizations participated in the 2020 Great American Home Show organized over the weekend by the Home Builders of the Mid-Ohio Valley at the National Guard Armory in south Parkersburg. (Photo by Wayne Towner)

PARKERSBURG — The 2020 Great American Home Show brought a steady stream of visitors to the West Virginia National Guard Armory in south Parkersburg over the weekend to view various products and services associated with home construction and renovation.

The event is held each year by the Home Builders of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Trish McKay, show organizer and executive director of the HBMOV, said the home show drew good attendance throughout the weekend after kicking off Friday evening. About 50 exhibitors were set up throughout the armory, with a few larger displays set up outside the Blizzard Drive facility.

The home show featured a variety of businesses and services from general construction to specialty services and fittings from builders, remodelers, landscapers, HVAC installers, foundation repair, patio builders, energy-efficient windows and doors, home security, home design, fencing, insulation products and lawn and garden equipment.

“It’s gone great, we’ve had steady traffic,” McKay said of the weekend show. “We’ve had quite a few of our exhibitors say they are booking jobs and making appointments to give estimates. I think everyone’s pretty pleased,” she said.

McKay praised all of the participating vendors and exhibitors, especially event sponsor Wincore Windows and Doors.

Jeff DeWitt, with Pioneer Masonry Supply, said the flow of visitors coming through the home show was good through the weekend. He has been participating in such events since 1994 and said there are cycles, with peaks and valleys of interest in the types of products and services on display.

“There are times when you are very, very busy and times when it is slower. It’s been a nice traffic count so far. (Saturday) was good until the Mountaineers started playing and it slowed down a little bit but it picked back up when they started to lose,” he said with a laugh.

Along with the home show, DeWitt said this time of year is important for making plans for the upcoming warm months. This is the time of year when people tend to look around their homes and decide what types of repairs or improvements should be made.

Don and Susan McCauley, of Washington, W.Va., were among the visitors Sunday afternoon on the home show’s final day. The couple is planning some projects in their home for the new year and visited the home show looking at possible ideas, products and services.

While they don’t attend the home show every year, it provides a valuable resource to help when they are making plans, the McCauleys said.

“It lets people know what businesses are out there and what they can do for us,” Susan McCauley said.

Wayne Towner can be reached at wtowner@newsandsentinel.com

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