Bigger, better home show

Hundreds of people spent part of this sunny weekend indoors, taking in the sights at the home show in Penticton.

This is the 20th year the Home & Reno Show has been held in the city, and organizers said it was bigger and better than ever.

"We have 130 exhibitors this year, which is an increase from last year when we had just over 100," said Carol Sudchak, executive officer of the Canadian Home Builders' Association South Okanagan, which puts on the annual show. "And the quality of the exhibits is exceptional, everyone is bringing a little taste of their store."

The show, held at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, is the primary fundraiser for the association and features anything to do with home building, renovations and much more.

Sudchak believes it is growing because there is a lot going on in Penticton right now.

"You drive around town and there are holes in the ground everywhere, showing signs of construction growth," she said. "There is a general feeling the earth is vibrating and things are happening."

This year's show was also well-received by the public with numbers up around 20 percent from 2014 on Saturday, and a good turnout Sunday, the last day of the show.

On Sundays, exhibitors greeted visitors and provided information on what they have to offer.

Sara Cousins, the program administrator for trades at Okanagan College in Penticton, said it was a good opportunity to meet with parents and grandparents who are looking for information on trades programs for their children.

"A lot of people are walking through, and I am seeing a lot of interest in viticulture and wine studies and culinary arts," she said.

Sylvain Gagnon with Westminster Equipment Rentals said networking with the public was the biggest reason he was there.

"It's great to show people the latest tools and let people know we are not just an equipment rental company, that we are much more." he said.

Some of the more unique exhibits were Discovery House and a booth showing examples of what the Okanagan Upcycle ReSource Society does.

Ralph Webb, a volunteer, along with a client, were stationed at the booth for Discovery House, a male recovery house in Penticton.

"This is a good opportunity to get more exposure for the house, which has been in operation in Penticton for seven years," said Webb.

Laurel Burnham, who is on the board for Upcycle, talked to people about Our Restore, a retail location selling salvaged and donated building supplies on Industrial Avenue.

"We primarily collect all this stuff and then people come in and buy it," she said.

While this has been a good year, all the way round, for the show, Sudchak is already looking forward to 2016.

"We are always looking for new ideas, and there is always room for more," she said.


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