The 31st annual Washington Home Show takes place this weekend with many new vendors and activities.
Sponsored by the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce, the free show will feature 39 vendors with a total of 46 booths at the city park auditorium.
The show opens Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will run Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
“We will have a full house and we’re very excited about that,” said Amanda Griesheimer, Chamber marketing director.
“We also have 13 new vendors and a new feature this year is a public service booth,” she said. “Local organizations will take turns manning the booth.”
Participating groups include the Washington Urban Forestry Council, CASA, Washington Parks Department, Washington Senior Center, Washington Historical Society, United Way, Washington Fire Department, Downtown Washington Inc., Washington Public Library and Washington Tourism Division.
“Representatives of each of the groups will take shifts to work in the booth and answer questions and share information with the Home Show visitors,” Griesheimer said.
“We actually had someone call inquiring about the Home Show and asked if we had a booth where they could get information about the city and other groups,” she said. “That got us thinking and we decided to put together a public service booth. I think people will really like it.”
The booth will be located in the lower level of the city auditorium, across from the concessions area.
The new vendors this year include Union Furniture, Rosebud MetalWorks, Costco Wholesale, Back on Track Chiropractic, Cornerstone Mortgage, Classic Buildings, Koch Tree Service, Avon, Halo Insurance & Benefit Group, Arch City Granite Company, Coffey Construction, Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning and Leaf Filter.
Griesheimer said there will be a wide variety of vendors appealing to those making home improvements or renovations, building or looking for ideas for their lawns and gardens.
“The vendors really run the gamut, offering something for everyone,” she said.
As in years past, there will be daily demonstrations beginning Friday with the Washington Police Explorers offering its child ID program from 5 to 8 p.m. and Hillermann Nursery and Florist giving a presentation on drought survival tips at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, the Police Explorers will be back from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and blood pressure screening will be offered by the Washington School of Practical Nursing from 10 a.m. to noon. For children, face painting will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and there will be a toolboxes for kids activity at 11 a.m.
Kitchenware will present a food demo at 12:30 p.m. Saturday followed by another presentation from Hillermann Nursery on birds and butterflies from 2 to 3 p.m.
The Police Explorers will be back Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. and face painting will be available during those times as well.
Weber Bros. Construction will have a demo on building a birdhouse at noon and Kitchenware returns for another food demo at 1 p.m.
The Washington School of Practical of Nursing will again offer blood pressure screenings from noon to 2 p.m.
Admission and parking are free. Food, soda and beer will be available for purchase all three days. The Washington Lions Club will man the concession stand.
The Chamber will again sponsor a scavenger hunt for visitors with a chance to win a Washington Town and Country Fair season pass and round-trip tickets on Amtrak.
Griesheimer said the weather forecast looks good to bring out the crowds.
“We actually do better if the weather isn’t too nice because then people just want to be outside,” she said. “It’s supposed to be cold this weekend, with no snow, so that’s pretty ideal for us.”
The event attracts about 1,000 people over the three days, Griesheimer said.
This is the 31st year for the show.