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Home and Garden show wraps up

Avalyn Belinda, 4, putts on a fake golf green set up by Forever Lawns during the Home and Garden Show Friday at the Bryce Jordan Center. The show wrapped up Sunday.
Avalyn Belinda, 4, putts on a fake golf green set up by Forever Lawns during the Home and Garden Show Friday at the Bryce Jordan Center. The show wrapped up Sunday. knetzer@centredaily.com

Shingles and sheds. Fountains and ferns. Barstools and bathtubs.

If you couldn’t find it, the 32nd Central Pa. Annual Home and Garden Show didn’t have it. Hosted from Friday through Sunday at the Bryce Jordan Center, the show highlighted the area’s top builders and remodelers.

By Sunday, the show had progressed well, said Builder’s Association of Central Pennsylvania Executive Officer Abbie Jensen. The show featured 138 vendors this year, an increase of 21, she said, and was expected to reach 4,800 attendees.

“The feedback I’m getting is that a lot of people are ready to build,” Jensen said. “I think the later date ... has given more people time to think that they need to get things fixed.”

The show is typically held earlier in the year, she said.

“It seems like people are ready to get to work.”

Along with all the building supplies and remodeling opportunities, she said, the show introduced a home show marketplace this year. Highlighting smaller vendors, such as Cutco and Pampered Chef, the marketplace gave attendees the chance to purchase smaller items for their houses.

The home show was a big hit, Jensen said, as feedback on Facebook indicated a number of attendees had already done their home repairs and larger projects, but were still looking for new things for their home.

“We have the bigger vendors,” she said, “but now we can help you stock your home as well as build it.”

The show contained charitable aspects as well, she said. A 30-by-60-foot patio, located in the center of the arena, was donated to a local veteran. Dubbed the “Patio for a Patriot,” the structure was donated to Vinny Reynolds, of State College.

“We’re utilizing those products to help these businesses sell those products,” Jensen said, “but also doing good with them once we’re done.”

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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