Annual Home and Garden Show Is Ohio Valley Tradition

February will mark the 45th year for one annual Ohio Valley tradition.

The Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce will present the Home & Garden Show 2014 at WesBanco Arena. The event will take place from 3-7 p.m. Feb. 7, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 8 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 9. Admission is free.

Chamber President Terry Sterling said the Home & Garden Show provides Ohio Valley residents an opportunity to shop in one location for all types of products, such as windows, doors and siding, from vendors and crafters. Discounts are often offered at the event. It is the largest home, garden, sports products and services exhibition in the Ohio Valley.

“It’s been a mainstay in our area for so many years,” Sterling said. “People look forward to it.”

Those attending the event can meet with multiple service vendors to comparison shop.

“They do a tremendous amount of business,” Sterling said of the vendors. “A lot of companies will bring new product innovations.”

He added that, as the show is the only marketing some local companies do, it provides them with a full book of business for the year. Several new home improvement vendors from outside the area will attend.

Lisa Mullin, vice president of operations for the Chamber, said crafters will sell Tupperware, Scentsy and Tastefully Simple items, in addition to homemade candy and other products. The craft aspect of the event has proven particularly successful over the past years.

With around 100 crafters and vendors present, Sterling estimates attendance over the three days will be 10,000, weather-depending.

Sterling extended his thanks to DeNoon Lumber Co. for their continued support of the Home & Garden Show. The company, along with WTOV-9, sponsors the event.

“I’ve personally known the DeNoon family for 28 years and consider [DeNoon Lumber] one of the finest-run businesses in the region,” Sterling said.

Rob Vandine, spokesman for DeNoon Lumber, said the show has been a catalyst for the company in the Wheeling area for years.

“Wheeling is a great market for DeNoon Lumber and this event gives them an opportunity to say thank you to customers and friends, along with displaying their quality natural hardwood products,” Vandine said.

This year’s event will mark the last for Sterling as he will leave his position at the Chamber March 31 after serving 20 years as president.

“I look forward to a very successful show,” Sterling said.