SANATOGA PA – The 60th annual Pottstown Home Show, sponsored by the Building Industries Exchange as a showcase for local contractors and home products and services, returns for another year Friday through Sunday (March 7-9, 2014) to the Sunnybrook Ballroom and Conference Center, 50 Sunnybrook Rd., with proof that getting there earlier is better.
Better, according to exchange Director of Operations Eileen Gilbert, means “free.” For the first time, the home show will feature an early-bird matinée of special no-charge admission to the public Friday only between 2 and 4 p.m.
For all other show hours – Friday from 4-9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., requires a $5 per person admission fee. Even that’s a bargain, Gilbert noted; the ticket is good for all three days, but must be presented for each entrance, so visitors can take their time and return at their leisure. And coupons from local vendors can lower the price even further.
The show is a Pottstown tradition that provides an all-under-one-roof opportunity for visitors to collect information from professionals about home building and improvement projects, without being pressured into signing a contract at the show. They also can seek out various services such as medical equipment, insurance, travel, and window treatments.
Show vendors are “local businesses you see throughout the community,” Gilbert added, “and in most cases, you are speaking directly to the owners. We take pride in presenting a hometown show that (offers) the opportunity … to support people who live in their communities.”
Throughout the show, seminars will educate consumers on a variety of topics, including hiring a contractor, driveway repair, and buying and selling homes The exchange is finalizing its schedule and will post updates on its website.
Also planned are a secure paper shredding event Sunday from noon to 3 p.m., during which visitors can have up to two boxes of papers shredded simply by showing their ticket stub. New this year, is a designated children’s craft time, at which the first 10 children ages 4-12, who arrive before the scheduled start time can decorate one craft to take home. A parent or guardian, age 18 or older, must remain with the child at all times.
The public will again have the opportunity to vote on which exhibitor they feel had the best display. The People’s Choice Judging is in its fifth year. Adult visitors will receive a ballot allowing them to write-in their choice; the ballots will be tallied, and the first, second and third top vote-getters will receive award ribbons at the show’s end.
“I look forward to seeing who the public chooses,” Gilbert said. “Attendees take this very seriously.”
Directions and show-related information can be found on the exchange website, here, or by calling 610-323-1700.
Photos from the Building Industries Exchange