WHEELING - Visitors to the 44th annual Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce Home and Garden Show on Saturday clutched brochures, snacked on candy treats and dreamed of springtime projects as they perused the 110 vendors and 80 businesses at WesBanco Arena.
The show continues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Admission is free.
The booth for East Ohio Regional Hospital proved a popular stopping place as visitors picked up all kinds of informative and useful health tips including a number of suggestions for reducing stress. And don't forget the free yardsticks, a very popular item distributed to visitors at the booth.
Rob Whiteman, left, job foreman with Lehman’s Landscaping & Concrete from Powhatan, explains the benefits of an outdoor fireplace and oven at the Wheeling Chamber of Commerce Home Show at WesBanco Arena on Saturday.
DeNoon Lumber, who has been the major sponsor of the home show, brought many samples of its wood products that were generating a buzz by onlookers seeking to undertake a warm-weather project in the near future.
Melissa Marshall and Nick Briski, sale associates for DeNoon, reported a steady stream of patrons to the show.
Chamber President Terry Sterling was on hand Saturday and noted that he has heard many favorable comments from vendors and businesses regarding the crowd.
"The show has been very well attended (Saturday). Friday night's snow kind of hurt, but people are here today and we hope for a good crowd (today)," Sterling said.
"The vendors say they are making a lot of contacts and one said they had lined up 40 calls for estimates. That's what we like to see out of the show."
Several of the exhibits were crowd pleasers including Lehman's Landscaping and Concrete based in Powhatan. The display includes a neatly crafted outdoor brick oven where job foreman Rob Whiteman was explaining how good a pizza tastes cooked inside.
In addition to the traditional vendors that include heating, plumbing, landscaping, outdoor furniture, banking and more, there are several dozen crafters selling their wares around the perimeter of the arena. Everything from specialty candy and cookies to jewelry and candles are found among the booths.
Also drawing oohs and awes from the crowd were the cats and kittens on display with Webark Estates Animal Shelter.