HBA of Washington County to host annual Home Show
Ryan Ballard can harness the sun.
Ballard owns Western Maryland Solar LLC, in Hagerstown which installs “photovoltaic systems,” or commonly referred to as solar panels. Ballard’s business is just one of more than 170 exhibits at The Home Builders Association of Washington County’s 32nd annual Home Show, Saturday, March 18, and Sunday, March 19, at Hagerstown Community College’s Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.
He said that education is important when learning about solar systems and wants to inform people about all of the logistics that goes with certain projects.
In particular, he will demonstrate how to properly mount a solar system onto a typical roof.
“If it’s a solar system that they’re interested in, we want to make sure that they’re educated on the different styles of owning a solar system and making sure that they have the right means to do it properly,” he said.
Ballard will join others within the building industry at the show, which will include builders, landscapers, HVAC companies, roofing specialist, solar companies, banks and financial advisers to showcase their latest products and services.
Those who are interested in buying a house or would like to connect with builders will have the chance to talk to builders about their projects, look at their displays and see what kind of homes they have built.
In addition to the onsite demonstrations, there will also be activities for children. Inflatables, along with arts and crafts will be provided on behalf of the Girls Scouts of Washington County.
Each year, meals are prepared by the Boy Scouts of Washington County with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the troops.
Erin Grant, HBA of Washington County executive director, said the event allows the public to interact with builders on a more personal level, which can foster relationships with clients.
“The home show is an opportunity for attendees to have a one-on-one conversation with the people they will be hiring to build an addition, remodel their kitchen, or put in new floors. That personal contact is what makes a show of this kind so valuable,” she said.
On average more than 5,000 people participate in the event each year, according to Grant. She credits the event’s success due to its ability to cater to the general public and its way of engaging with people in the local and in the surrounding areas.
“It’s fun to go in and visit all of the displays. You can stand in a booth and see what your new landscaped patio would look like or find that new hot tub you have been wanting. It’s an opportunity to see what you are interested in from a variety of different businesses all in one place,” she said. “It’s a good time for the entire family.”
She also noted that HBA of Washington County is trying to establish more of its presence in the community by collaborating with others outside the local area in Hagerstown.
Last year, the association participated in the United Way of Washington County Day of Caring event in which they helped build a shed for Girls Inc. of Washington County.
“There is an element of community support and awareness that the home show brings as there are a number of local nonprofit organizations sharing information and helpful resources during the show,” Grant said. “It is also an opportunity for businesses outside of Washington County to expand their reach into this area. Some of our exhibitors are established in West Virginia or Pennsylvania but participates in the show to bring their business or services to Hagerstown.”