By Lindsay Starr Platt, Correspondent
For the 41st year, Temple Area Builders Association (TABA) put on their annual Home & Garden Show this past weekend at the Bell County Expo Center. The three -day event kicked off to the public on Friday evening for attendees to learn all about the local businesses that will help improve their homes, both inside and out.
New this year to the TABA Home & Garden Show was the Kids Zone. Kids Zone, was located in the Assembly Hall and had activities that were just for the young attendees. Children had the chance to participate in an art activity and build with blocks.
“We have been able to assist a lot of people and help with their heating and air conditioning needs,” said, Robert Antis, Bell Air.
Sponsor and vendor booths filled up the Bell County Expo Center both Garth Arena and the Assembly Hall, in addition to half of the Exposition Building during this large event. Attendees could be seen carrying tote bags from vendors, as they filled them with information pamphlets and contact information. The assortment of vendors included, but were not limited to; home builders, landscapers, mortgage lenders, home repair and heating and air conditioning companies. Builders also had an area of surplus supplies, where attendees could purchase quality building supplies at a reduced price.
“It was a good turnout, a lot of people contacted us,” commented, Keith Moore, Moore-Air, owner.
In addition to the many businesses at the TABA Home & Garden Show, non-profits had booths set up as there chance to get out in the community and show what they have to offer and how to help. Non-profits from organizations such as animal rescue, gardening, Habitat for Humanity, and Bell County Museum were also set up to let attendees know more about the services they offer.
“This event is amazing. The show has a wonderful turnout with homeowners willing to make the investment in their homes,” said Scott Arey, Solar Centex owner.
Central Texas Master Naturalists had a booth set up with information on our local natural resources and conservation efforts for our plants and wildlife. They also provided information on native plants and resources.
“Pretty good event and having a good time. We are glad to be here and thankful for the community coming out and supporting the local businesses,” said Robin Webster, Sit Means Sit. “We come every year.”
Not only was information available just by walking around and visiting booths some vendors even hosted workshops and seminars in a cordoned off area with chairs and a screen for slide show presentations.
“A lot of friendly people and faces,” remarked, Ann Zernial.
Vendor booths had companies from all parts of Texas and some nationwide, but many vendors and sponsors were from the local area and ready to help attendees with that next project in home repair, renovating or purchasing. Bell County Master Gardeners hosted seminars all three days of the event.
“We are going to do well. We have sold both flooring and countertops, right here today at this show. In the last four years we have just gotten bigger and bigger. This event more than pays off for us every year,” said, Shane Johnston, Stain & Stamp.
Many businesses with booths set up at the TABA Home & Garden Show had services they offer for free in addition to what they sell, such as free estimates and inspections. For those that didn’t have free estimates many booths were having raffles for attendees to win a free estimate or other prizes.
“It was fantastic! A lot of great local vendors. This event has given great visibility to us. We will be back next year,” commented, Tom Brautigan of Broker by Jack Folsom. “We gave out more than $600 in prizes from local business to raffle winners.”
The showroom of the Exposition Building hosted an array of displays, from lawn and landscaping tractors, pools and spas, locally made wooden structures such as sheds and gazebos and a car show.
“It would be a better show if they could run this from nine to five on both days,” said, Dale Holden, Central Texas Marble.