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Exhibitors, Demonstrations Highlight Annual Central PA Home and Garden Show

by on March 07, 2018 1:34 PM

The Central PA Home and Garden Show returns for its 34th year this weekend, with three days featuring more than 100 exhibitors and more than 30 demonstrations.

Now in its 20th year at the Bryce Jordan Center, the region's largest home improvement and product showcase will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The show is organized annually by the Builders Association of Central PA, along with longtime partner Pennwood Home and Hearth of Pleasant Gap. Builders Association executive officer Abbie Jensen said the event is an opportunity to learn about a wide range of local services and products for home improvement and lawn and garden needs.

"Our vendors are almost all local companies who provide high-quality services for the home," Jensen said. "That ranges from a bank to lend you money to a landscaper who can update your patio to the builder who would construct your home and everything in between."

New this year is a plethora of hands-on product and service demonstrations throughout the weekend. More than 30 demonstrations will offer visitors insight on tree trimming, drywall patching, interlocking flooring, duct cleaning, container gardener and many more topics.

See the complete schedule here

"We want to empower home owners to be able to make small improvements around their homes," Jensen said.

For the past several years, the show included Centre Park, a landscaped area at the center of the Jordan Center floor with a gazebo and seating. The committee that oversees the show made a strategic decision not to include Centre Park this year to be able to consolidate the everything on the arena floor.

"In the past we’ve taken up a lot of space throughout the BJC with 'extras,'" Jensen said. "This year, the arena is packed to the rafters with home improvement vendors so that our consumers can have an easier time navigating through the show."

The Home and Garden Show is a great opportunity to connect consumers with qualified contractors, Jensen said.

"The Builders Association exists to support the work of these home industry companies through education, legislation, and of course, promotion to our community," she added. "So many people shop online these days – it’s important for consumers to get to shake the hands of the people who will be coming to their homes at 7 in the morning to work on their kitchens. With our new hands-on demonstrations, consumers will get to interact on an even more personal level with the exhibitors."

General admission is $6 and admission is free for veterans and active-duty military as well as children 12 and under.

Visitors should plan to enter through the Jordan Center's guest entrance on the side that faces Medlar Field, then proceed past the Founders Lounge and into the arena.

For more information, visit the Central PA Home and Garden Show website.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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