Home Show has a good turnout

From staff reports

VIENNA — The 2019 Great American Home Show ended its three-day run on Sunday with organizers again pleased with the turnout.

“It’s been great,” said Steven D. Bailey, an officer of the sponsoring Home Builders Association and an exhibitor at the event held this year at the Grand Central Mall in the former Sears department store.

“I’ve spoken to the vendors,” he said. “They’re tickled to death.”

Exhibitors at the show covered all aspects of the home building industry, according to Bailey. About 60 exhibitors included contractors in the different aspects of construction, such as electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling, kitchens, bathrooms and countertops, windows and siding, Realtors, insurance agents, lenders, flooring and carpet cleaning, fencing, insulation and communications.

“There’s a little bit of everything here,” Bailey said. “All in one place.”

Even the local cartoonist J.D. Williamson was stationed at Starkey Soft Water Inc. and drew caricatures of attendees of the Great American Home Show.

“I really like this location,” said Barbara Starkey, whose father-in-law started the company in the 1950s. It was then taken over by her late husband.

The single-day crowd estimates for Saturday alone was more than 1,500 people. While Saturday was extremely busy, attendance jumped after church on Sunday, Williamson said.

“It’s been fantastic,” he said.