The 32nd annual Washington Home Show takes place this weekend with a new layout, hours and vendors.
Sponsored by the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce, the show will feature 32 vendors with a total of 38 booths at the city park auditorium.
The hours will be Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.
Admission and parking are free, according to Amanda Griesheimer, Chamber marketing director.
Griesheimer said visitors will notice several changes.
“The biggest change will be in regard to the layout, as the demonstrations have all been moved to the lower level,” she said. “We’re hoping this improves the flow of traffic to the downstairs booths and the concession stand, manned by the Lions Club.”
New vendors include Sam’s Club, Washington Lumber, Show Me Soils, Shingle Tech, ArroPure, KJ Unnerstall Concrete Division, Russell Cellular, Dennis Voss Painting, Dan Yoest Insurance and Rainbow Cleaning.
“We also are adding a show information booklet for guests,” Griesheimer said. “In the past, we handed out a vendor list and layout, but this will be a more durable option that guests can take with them for future reference. It also will include a bit more detail than we were able to offer in the past, due to limited space.”
Although some changes are being made, Griesheimer said many things will remain the same.
“Guests can still register for attendance prizes,” she said. “We’ll be giving away five $100 gift certificates, redeemable at any Home Show exhibitor business.”
Visitors also can participate in the Home Show Hunt for a chance to win prizes, including two roundtrip Amtrak tickets to St. Louis or Kansas City from Washington for adults 18 and older, and a season pass to the 2014 Washington Town & Country Fair for participants under 18.
Last year, the public service booth had a great response, Griesheimer said, so it will be returning again this year.
At different times, the booth will be manned by representatives of the Washington Parks Department, Washington Senior Center, Mercy Auxiliary, Washington Public Library, Downtown Washington Inc., Washington Tourism, Franklin County Area United Way, Urban Forestry Council, America In Bloom and Four Rivers Area YMCA.
As in past years, there will be daily demonstrations beginning Friday with a Master Gardeners presentation from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
On Saturday, cooking demonstrations will take place every two hours by Kitchen Craft.
Saturday’s schedule also includes the Washington School of Practical Nursing giving blood pressure checks from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; face painting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; a basket weaving demo by Susan Saunders from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Hillermann Nursery from 1:15 to 2 p.m.; and a Pot Shop demo from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
On Sunday, blood pressure checks will be offered again from noon to 3 p.m., and face painting from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Also Sunday, a demo on how to make fleece blankets will be given by Toni’s, and Weber Brothers Construction will help children build birdhouses from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m.
Griesheimer said the home show has been showcasing the latest and greatest in home and garden ideas for over 30 years, and this year will be no exception. She said the show typically attracts about 1,000 people over the three days.