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Thousands expected at Home and Cottage Expo this weekend

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The 2019 Home & Cottage Expo should draw crowds to see the more than 100 vendors catering to their needs at the Harry Lumley-Bayshore Community Centre Saturday and Sunday.

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It’s billed as the biggest show for home and recreational property owners in Grey, Bruce and Simcoe counties, featuring contractors, interior designers, landscapers, home improvement specialists, outdoor recreation dealers, consumer electronics suppliers and more.

The event draws 3,000 to 3,500 people every year, some with money to spend and others just there to look, said city events facilitator Carly McArthur on Wednesday. All the vendor spaces are sold, she said.

She visited the home show when she was building her new home, to get ideas and to meet local suppliers, she said. People have told home show organizers that many come with specific projects in mind, she said.

“Sometimes it’s nice just to meet the people behind the businesses as well, and then get their ideas and quotes and things like that too.”

McArthur said there are many returning vendors, and for many years all the vendor spaces have been sold. That tells her the home show must be good for their businesses.

Jennifer Johnson, president of the Grey-Bruce Homebuilders and Trades Association, also helps operate Valley Home Improvements, of Markdale. She’s been a vendor at the home expo many times before.

Like many contractors and sub-trades, her business is already busy. So her company’s presence at the home show is mainly for the marketing exposure, she said.

Johnson said the biggest advantage of the home and cottage expo for consumers is it matches people’s interests in home building and renovation and other things with businesses offering those goods and services.

Admission is $5 per person, free for kids younger than 12. The expo is open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. both days.

For a list of businesses at the Home & Cottage Expo and more information visit https://www.owensound.ca/en/exploring/home-and-cottage-expo-information.aspx.

Attendees will have a chance to win a cash prize by recording each visit to businesses listed on an Expo-dition Prize Passport and then submitting it in a draw.

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