Over 30 Vendors at Home Show This Weekend

Chris Riegel, left, and Gerard Straatmann of Andersen Windows and Affordable Home Solutions were getting their exhibit ready for this weekend’s Washington Home Show. The free event will be set up at the Washington City Auditorium March 14-16 with a new layout, hours and vendors.     Missourian Photo.

The latest and greatest in home and garden ideas will be on display at this weekend’s Washington Home Show, according to Amanda Griesheimer, Chamber of Commerce marketing director, event sponsor.

Griesheimer said the 32nd annual show will feature 32 vendors with a total of 38 booths at the city park auditorium.

The show opened Friday night, from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.

Admission and parking are free.

Griesheimer said visitors will notice several changes, including a new layout with all of the demonstrations on the lower level and several new vendors.

The Washington Lions Club will have a concession stand on the lower level as well.

New vendors this year 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.

Also new is 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,” she said. “It also will include a bit more detail than we were able to offer in the past, due to limited space.”

As in past years, visitors can register for attendance prizes. Griesheimer said the Chamber will give 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.

Due to positive response last year, the public service booth is returning to the show.

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.

Greisheimer said there will again be demonstrations all weekend.

A Master Gardeners presentation was scheduled Friday 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 typically attracts about 1,000 people over the three days and she expects that again this year with nice weather in the forecast.