- By Matt Sanctis Staff Writer
The Clark County Home and Garden Show has provided area home owners an early chance to think about spring projects for more than a decade, and the show is expected to draw 50 vendors this year.
The free annual event is scheduled Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13 and 14, at the Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center in downtown Springfield. This year, the event will include raffles for six 32-inch televisions, and many vendors will offer coupons, discounted services and more, said Kent Sherry, director of the show.
The Building Industry Association of Clark County and the Hollandia Gardens Association are sponsoring the event, now in its 16th year.
“We’re not like the big home shows where we have a lot of duplication,” Sherry said. “We have a variety of vendors. That’s what makes the show nice. There’s plenty to see and plenty to do, and it’s worth a couple hours to come down and mingle.”
For businesses, the home show is a good place to reconnect with customers and develop new leads, said Brian Oliver, owner of 800 Paint Place, 800 W. Main St. in Springfield. The business provides several lines of paint and flooring products. This will be the fourth year the business has participated in the show.
“Essentially, you’re reconnecting with old customers and also reaching out to new customers and showing them new products,” Oliver said. “There’s a lot of information, and it gets people kind of sparked to do new projects.”
Many residents think they need to travel to Dayton or Columbus to find help with their homes, but this shows that’s not the case, Oliver said.
“The more people find out about this, the more they’re finding out there’s a lot to offer in Springfield,” Oliver said.
Kasey Lowry, owner Lowry Building and Remodeling, did the home show for the first time last year. The business focuses on remodeling, including room additions and renovations. The company has been in business since 2009, and last year’s show was a chance to let customers know more about the business, he said.
The event also helps promote the BIACC, said Dan Kegley, the organization’s president.
“A lot of people are starting to look at using local contractors, and that’s a good thing for us,” Kegley said.