Home show opens today

Residents looking for some ideas to fix up a home or building need look no further than the Washington County Home Builders Association annual Home Show.

The show will start today at 4 p.m. in the Junior Fair Building at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Saturday the event will open at 9 a.m. and Sunday doors will open at noon.

Businesses and services including landscaping, remodeling, custom cabinets, counter tops, flooring, masonry suppliers, banks and many more will be on hand at the event, according to Jodie Bonnette, president of the Washington County Home Builders Association.

“This is a great opportunity for residents and businesses in the community,” she said. “This gives people a chance to meet with various suppliers in one area, rather than having to make trips to multiple locations.”

Price of admission to the show will be $3 and will go toward the support of the Washington County Home Builders Association.

“This is a fundraiser for our group. Since we are a nonprofit organization, we use this money to function,” said Bonnette. “The money we make from this allows us to do different types of community service annually.”

Giving back to the community is one of the main goals of the group, according to Bonnette.

“Every year at the Home Show we pick an organization or charity and have a fundraiser for them at the event,” she said. “This year we will be selling tickets to win various prizes with all of the proceeds from sales going to the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County.”

Bonnette said some of the raffle items include gift cards, tools and various household items.

One of the businesses that will be returning to the show this year is Pioneer Masonry which has offices in Marietta and Parkersburg.

“We have been doing this event since the company began in 1983,” said Peggy Grimm, president and CEO of Pioneer Masonry. “There has always been a very good turnout of businesses and home owners.”

This year, the company is putting an emphasis on outdoor living. A fire pit, retaining walls and brick samples will be a few of the products for homeowners to look over at the Pioneer Masonry display, according to Grimm.

The show is just a wonderful opportunity for both sides, she said.

“We have an opportunity to show what products we offer and get some exposure in the community,” said Grimm. “Homeowners have the chance to ask questions and get new ideas for upcoming products. Everyone benefits.”

Ben Lang, a landscape designer for Greenleaf Landscapes in Marietta, agreed.

“We’ve been doing this for many years and we answer a lot of questions about potential projects for people,” said Lang. “It helps us get the word out that we are out here and ready to get started on whatever project you might need.”

Lang said getting the word out at the event leads to more business for Greenleaf Landscapes during the year.

“I would definitely say that this event helps us get some projects and business that we wouldn’t have if we didn’t attend,” he said.

This year’s sponsors for the event include Advantage Real Estate, Lang’s Flooring, Moran Construction, Inc., The Marietta Times and Wayne Homes.