The Golden Sands Home Builders Association (GSHBA) will hold its annual Home and Garden Show Friday, March 8, to Sunday, March 10, at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Stevens Point. The show will feature informational booths and seminars run by local contractors, craftsmen and landscapers and a hands-on children’s activity.
Eric Beggs, the president of GSHBA and the committee chair of the show, said the event is ideal for homeowners who are researching new projects because it saves them time.
“You can see lots of new products all in one place,” he said. “You don’t have to go into many different stores to talk to people. You save time because they’re all here and you know you’re getting the right information.”
While parents are talking to local businesses, kids can be entertained at the kid’s clinic. This year, the children’s activity is sponsored by Lowe’s. Children can use their building skills and creativity to put pre-cut items together, Beggs said.
New to this year’s Home and Garden Show will be a drawing for a 40-inch flat-screen TV, donated by Furniture and Appliance Mart.
Aaron Cordy, the sales manager and co-owner of Stevens Point Log Homes, said he and his company have been participating in the Home and Garden Show for 14 years. He said the show gives his company an opportunity to meet potential clients, to promote his products and to network with other vendors.
“We meet a lot of prospective clients,” said Cordy. “At the 2012 show, we even sold an entire log home package that will be built this spring.”
Cordy said he and Stevens Point Log Homes will offer a seminar at the show this year on the difference on half- and full-log construction and will show a new full-log product.
Beggs said vendors must sign up with GSHBA in order to participate in the Home and Garden Show. Recently, about 1,000 people have attended the show to see about 70 vendor booths, he said. However, he said attendance has been down for the last two years.
“Last year, the show was during Easter weekend and the year before, there was a big snowstorm,” Beggs said.