HBA's 34th annual Home Show - 'Super Bowl for local tradesmen' - runs March 9-10
With springtime just around the corner, local homeowners are planning for improvements they may want to tackle in the coming year.
A good place to start — for ideas, estimates and advice — will be the 34th annual Washington County Home Show. The two-day event gets underway March 9 at Hagerstown Community College’s Athletic Recreation and Community Center (ARCC).
“I’m excited this year,” said Kris Detrow, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Washington County, which hosts the yearly event. “We have some new things, like a home organizer. That’s not something we’ve had in the past.”
Nearly 130 vendors will fan out over about 200 exhibitor tables inside the ARCC for the show, which typically draws upward of 5,000 people each year.
Companies from around the four-state region — Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia — will be on hand. Visitors will be able to find all types of vendors and service providers, ranging from general contractors, roofers and landscapers to electricians, HVAC experts and interior designers.
“This is like the Super Bowl for local tradesmen,” Detrow said, calling the event a “one-stop shop for everything you need for your home, inside and out.”
The event runs Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., then continues Sunday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is $2 for adults. Kids under 12 are admitted free.
Something else new this year, organizers will have interpreters on hand for deaf and hard of hearing attendees. Detrow said her daughter is deaf, so it’s a cause close to her heart.
A popular draw for families with kids in tow, there will also be a number of children’s activities available at the show, like a bouncy house, face painting, prizes and crafts.
Originally started as a vehicle to showcase the builder members of the HBA, the show has grown over the years to feature any product or service related to the building industry and the home.
In 1997, the show was moved to the ARCC, the largest exhibition facility in the county, to make room for the rising demand for exhibitor space and growing number of attendees.
Detrow, who is in her first year with the HBA, said the goal of the annual show organized by the volunteer-driven association has always been to “showcase” the area’s homebuilders and trade professionals.
“For me, I want to take the association in more of a direction of promoting the trades in our area,” she said. “I think what they do is amazing. We live in a time where less and less people know how to physically fix or build things from the ground up. It’s just really cool for us to provide an avenue to do that.”
Top photo: In this 2018 file photo, Christopher Cornwell, right, and his father, Kevin, help dismantle an outdoor patio setup Sunday afternoon at the conclusion of the Home Builders Association of Washington County’s Home Show. The Cornwells, who run Cornwell and Sons Stump Removal, helped their friends at Hart’s Landscaping, whose patio setup included a water feature during the show. (Herald-Mail file photo)