Home Show puts emphasis on local vendors

BROADALBIN – Home remodelers and local crafters came together to showcase their goods and services to the public on Saturday at the Fulton-Montgomery County Home Show and Craft Fair at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

Among the businesses represented at the event, which continues today, is Colonial Overhead Door of Johnstown. The business has been a vendor at the home show since its inception four years ago.

“Every one here is local,” said Colonial owner Michael McGregor. “The first year, the show was small, but every year since then they seem to be getting bigger, with more people showing up.”

The event is the biggest the Broadalbin Youth Commission plans each year. The proceeds will go toward the plans to build a new 22-acre town park estimated to cost more than $1 million. The park will include a pavilion for events such as weddings and family picnics, and a walking path and baseball field.

“The park is for the whole community,” Home Show Chairman and Broadalbin Youth Commission member Keith Buchanan said.

Buchanan said there are 80 vendors and more than 100 booths at the show, including new ones and others that have been at the home show since the beginning.

“It started in the main gym, but two years ago we added the smaller gym,” Buchanan said. He said the event has room for future expansion in future years.

For those looking for home improvements ideas, this is the place to be, Buchanan said.

The youth commission raised $16,000 last year, and Buchanan said he hopes to raise more this weekend.

“We are shovel-ready,” he said of the proposed park. This summer, a state-mandated archeological study will be done as one step toward the park’s completion.

Broadalbin Town Supervisor Joe DiGiacomo, a member of the youth commission, said all the money raised goes to a fund dedicated to building the park.

“The home show is the biggest event. So far, the youth commission raised $104,000 for the park,” he said.

“This is the perfect time of year to have a home show, it is spring, when people are thinking of getting out and helping with home remodeling. And the businesses love this event. They pick up three, four, and five good leads during the show,” he said.

Precision Contracting has also been coming to the home show every year since the beginning. According to owner and builder John Oare, his company gets quite a lot of business from the home show, including repeat business.

“Folks came to the show last year that I met. I built them a deck and later hooked up a hot tub. This was an $18,000 project,” Oare said. “Subsequently, I have done other projects for them, and I still talk to them to this day.”

He said contractors want repeat business and satisfied customers. Last year, according to Oare, 75 percent of Precision Contracting’s business came from the home show and through word of mouth.

“This is a great time for potential customers to ask questions directly to local business owners, and they also ask for recommendations,” he said.

Wes Cox, of Hydro Pros, said he sold a hot tub within the first hour of the event Saturday.

“We get lots of leads and a lot of exposure, including from markets further away that we wouldn’t reach as easily,” Cox said. “We will be back next year.”

Among the people who attended Saturday were Fran and Robert Miller of Caroga Lake.

“We are just looking at some ideas. This is our first time we came to the home show,” Fran Miller said.

The Broadalbin-Perth High School National Honor Society members were on hand to take orders of food and drinks to vendors and exhibitors.

“We love benefiting the community, and it is a lot of fun,” National Honor Society student Marissa White said.

Lowe’s is offering seminars and free woodworking projects for children at the event.

Laurie Tambasco of Perth represents both the Broadalbin-Perth Education Foundation and Inglenook Realty of Galway.

“We are a group of parents and grandparents who find ways to give back to everyone within the community,” she said.

Grants from $500 to $2,000 are given out each year by the Broadalbin-Perth Education Foundation.

Solar City Senior Sales Consultant Charlie Noury said this was the first time his company was involved in the home show, at the suggestion of a client.

“This is a great place to invite people to take a look at solar,” Noury said.

Solar City installs solar panel systems for residences.

“We love networking with other local businesses, and we’ve referred people to other businesses,” he said.

“We love small local shows, and I am sure we will be back again next year,” Noury said.

Sacandaga Stove & Chimney of Johnstown is at the show for the fourth year.

“This is a great place for a sense of community,” Josh Mormile said. “Every year, we see fresh faces and familiar faces … It is great any time you can get out in the community.”

Some vendors donated prizes for a raffle that will be drawn at 4 p.m. today. The Easter Bunny also was expected to make an appearance today.