Home and Garden Show pulls in spring-project crowd

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– PHOTOS BY CYNTHIA PRICE

By Cynthia Price

With the opening of a second level of exhibitors at the Fricano Place and Event Center, the 2019 Home, Garden + DIY Show created a buzz that pulled in almost 1800 people this year.

The organizers, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce with support from the Lakeshore Home Builders Association,   were very pleased with this record turnout.

Said Show Director Kristin Knop, “...[T]he exhibitor floor was buzzing with attendees looking for their next spring projects. Opening the Gallery Level allowed us to have more exhibitors than we have had in previous year. The response on the opening of the new level has been very positive.”

In addition to a wide range of displays from such companies as Avalon Building Concepts, The Bird House, Transnational Title, Greenridge Realty, Landscape Design Services, and several lenders and credit unions, the two-day event offered a series of breakout sessions. There were four different cooking demonstrations by two chefs from Kitchen 242, and Wasserman’s Flowers & Gifts offered tips on how to arrange flowers like a pro.

The trendy chalk painting was covered by Sue Oliphant in a seminar called “Pretty in Paint.” There was also information on auto insurance and automated smart shades by Budget Blinds.

Most of the events were filled nearly to capacity.

The wonderful photographer Jeremy Church, the show’s featured artist, gave tips about how to get great photographs at his exhibitors’ booth. He gave away one of his prints, featuring the Blockhouse.

Over the years, the Home Show has been in a variety of venues. It was formerly sponsored solely by what was called the Shoreline Builders Association, and had a focus on renovation and products.

Later, the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce took over running it, and about five years ago they added DIY (which some people may not realize stands for Do It Yourself) to the name to reflect its appeal for those looking to make home improvements themselves rather than hire a contractor.

The show’s partner Lakeshore Home Builders Association is headquartered in Holland serves all of the Michigan Lakeshore communities.

The shows $5 admission included a discount on Fricano’s pizza, and free tulips were given away while they lasted. In addition, participants could partake of a wine and beer tasting and a Bloody Mary bar.

For those who attended, there is a survey on the show’s Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/MuskegonHGS/posts/2560566730637263www.facebook.com/MuskegonHGS/posts/2560566730637263

Organizers intend to use the results to make the show even better next year.

“We are already looking forward to keeping this momentum going for xt year’s home show,” stated Knop. The dates have not yet been set.

Sponsors of the 2019 event included: Shepherd Shoreline Gutters & Garage Doors, First General Credit Union, Padnos, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Spectrum Reach and many others.

To stay on top of when the show will take place in 2020, visit muskegonHGS.org.

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