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Annual Home and Garden Show kicks off Saturday

Madison Mathews • Feb 14, 2013 at 6:59 PM

While perusing the 137 booths at the 44th Annual Johnson City Area Home Builders Association Home and Garden Show this weekend, you’re likely to find everything you need for any home renovation or building project on the list.

The show, which kicks off Saturday at Freedom Hall Civic Center, will feature 90 different exhibitors showing off the latest and greatest in home building, remodeling, landscaping and sustainable building.

“What we’re doing with the show this year is going back to the basics of if you want a new home built, we’ve got the people that can build a home for you. If you’re looking to remodel, we’ve got the people that will help you. If you’re wanting to shop around to see what you want to put in your home, we’ve got the people here,” JCAHBA Executive Director Lisa Luster said.

This year’s theme highlights indoor and outdoor living, and professionals will be on hand to field questions about virtually any product or project one might have.

While the world of homebuilding was hit hard during the economic downturn, Luster said the industry is slowly turning around with more and more people taking on home renovation and landscaping projects.

She hopes this weekend’s show will spur more construction in the region.

“We’re definitely better this year than we were last year at this time, and there’s still not as new much new construction going on but the remodeling side is still very prevalent,” she said.

Students from David Crockett High School will once again be participating in the Kid’s Zone, which was a hit last year. In this area, children will get to participate in a workshop where they will build birdhouses.

Other workshops will be hosted throughout the weekend, including workshops presented by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners, the Orchid Society of East Tennessee and Englewood Lawn & Landscapes.

The showrooms will be open Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The first 100 people to arrive on either day will be entered a special prize drawing. A grand prize drawing for a $500 shopping spree will be awarded at the end of the show Sunday.

Tickets are $3 per person per day and a weekend pass is available for $5. Children 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For more information, call the JCAHBA at 282-2561.

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