Home Show to feature seminars, contests, prizes

March 15, 2013 by  
Filed under Solar Energy Tips

Spring is coming, and what better way to plan your home improvements than checking out the materials you’ll need or meeting the contractors who could be doing the work — all in one place?

That’s what the 29th annual Builders Association of Central Pennsylvania Home Show is all about. Beginning Friday and running though Sunday at the Bryce Jordan Center on the Penn State campus, the BACP Home Show will feature more than 120 vendors who will display their plans and materials to craft your project, designers to help turn your ideas into reality and even banks to help finance your plans.

Exhibitors include electronics and lighting; masonry, carpentry, roofing, siding and landscaping; plumbing, electrical, paving, sodding, pest control and windows; and pools, decks, windows, furniture, fencing and garages.

Home Show times and days are: 3 to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $5, and children under 12 are admitted free. Veterans receive $1 off admission.

Parking also is free.

Pick the best booth

Once again, the Home Show will include a contest in which vendors bring their best ideas to create the most attractive and informative booths.

Not only do the booths garner top prizes from a panel of independent judges, they help attract customers, organizers said.

Last year, vendors competed for eight awards.

Granite Landscaping earned the Best of Show, while Green Horizons won the Exhibitor’s Choice award. Best Display, four booths or more, went to Remodelers Workshop, and Best Display, two or three booths/Arena, went to New Vibrations Audio Stereo. Best Display, two or three booths/Concourse went to Wolf Furniture; Best Display, single booth/Arena, went to State College Design + Construction; and Best Display, single booth/Concourse, went to Heritage Innovations. Lawnscape LTD earned the President’s Award, and Green Horizon Landscape won the Chairman’s Award.

Bring the kids

Although adults generally plan the construction projects around their homes, Home Show organizers said you should not leave the kids at home.

Another favorite back this year is the Children’s Building Contest. Although registration for the contest has closed, Home Show-goers can watch as about 120 children, ages 4 to 12, compete in their own building projects.

All contests are Saturday and include building a Lincoln Log house for those 4 to 6 years of age. The times for the event is noon to 1 p.m., with registration from 11:30 to 11:45 a.m. Prizes will be awarded at 1:30 p.m.

Those children ages 7 and 8 can try their hand at a Lego House. The contest begins at noon ad finishes at 1 p.m., with registration from 11:30 to 11:45 a.m. Prizes will be awarded at 1:30 p.m.

Finally, for kids ages 9 to 12, there is a Lego House contest from 3 to 4 p.m., with registration from 2:30 to 2:45. Prizes for this category are announced at 4:15 p.m.

Do-it-yourself seminars

Educational seminars will be held throughout the day and are among the most popular attractions at the Home Show every year.

The seminars, which are free, run throughout the weekend.

Here’s the schedule:


•  4 p.m. “Heating and Cooling Solution for Older Homes,” presented by Goodco Mechanical. Learn about the Mitsubishi Electric ductless heat pumps.

•  5:30 p.m. “Designer Tips: Mixing Old and New to Maximize Your New Look” presented by Wolf Furniture. Simple tips to build as your budget permits.


•  11 a.m. “Going Green with Solar,” presented by The Bierly Group. Learn how to use solar power to heat convert sunlight into electricity.

•  12:30 p.m. “How to Use an Interior Designer,” presented by Wolf Furniture. An interior decorator will share some of her best tips.

•  2 p.m. “Choosing the Right Floor for Your Home,” presented by America’s Carpet Outlet. An overview of flooring products and information by an industry expert.

•  3:30 p.m. “Home Comfort, Energy, and Economics,” presented by Envinity. The best steps to take in achieving complete home comfort and safety while becoming more energy efficient.

•  5 p.m. “Green Building and Remodeling,” presented by Wise Construction. Learn the principles of green sustainable construction

•  6:30 p.m. “Affordable Geothermal,” presented by Sunteq Ltd. Learn about geothermal for your home.


•  11 a.m. “Choosing a Composite Material for Your Deck,” presented by Timbertech. Learn about how to make the best materials choice for your deck.

•  12:30 p.m. “Customized House Plans — Easier Than You Think,” presented by Crawford Drafting. Learn what’s involved developing a set of drawings for your new home, addition or renovation project.

•  2 p.m. “Green Energy: Not Just for Your Home,” presented by Fleet Energy America. Learn how to convert your car or truck to natural gas.


Besides the array of vendors, seminars and activities at the Home Show, attendees will be able to enter drawings for prizes and giveaways.

Those who fill out the back of their ticket stubs and drop them in the Builders Association both at Gate B will be entered to win the grand prize: A seven-night cruise for two to Canada and New York and a 46-inch television.

Door prizes include a handmade cutting board, fire ring energy audit, gift cards and certificates, pickup truck bed lining spray, carpet cleaning and seal coatings.

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