Home Show Just Two Days Away
Prince George, B.C.- Never mind the snow flurries in the region, it isn’t officially spring in Prince George until the Canadian Home Builders Association of Northern B.C. home show is underway.
The Home Show has been the kick off to a new season for the past 40 years in Prince George and on Friday, the 2017 edition gets underway.
Putting the show together is a major effort says CHBA of Northern B.C. CEO Terry McConnachie, “It takes a whole year of planning , organizing and recruiting partners conceiving all the different ideas and components of the show. Of course, booking vendors.”
She says they started lining up vendors last September, and were 75% sold out by December “The response has been absolutely amazing this year.”
She says there is a lot of energy in Prince George right now, “There’s a lot of building going on, there is an interest, first because we live in a city where we have longer winters. So when we can finally shrug that off and finally get outside and start planning our gardens and yards, and planning some of those different projects we can do around the house, it’s positively joyful and the Home Show is here to help kick start that.”
One of the things that has made the Home Show such a success over the years, is the variety of events. Not only are their vendors for everything from hot tubs to roofing, patios to kitchen wares, the show has become interactive as this year, children have been invited to enter a birdhouse of their own design and construction, or they can make a bird feeder while at the show. There is a skills competition for the construction of playhouses, those playhouses and bird houses will then be auctioned off and the proceeds going to a charity. Last year, the playhouse auction raised more than $30 thousand dollars.
Don’t let the recent flurries worry you McConnachie says the show has opened several times in the past when there was snow either still on the ground, or falling. “We’re a hardy bunch” says McConnachie “I’m used to planning events indoors and out ( the P.G. exhibition) so I don’t get distracted by the weather anymore.” While she can’t guarantee there won’t be any more snow flurries post Home Show “I can promise the mind set of spring will open with the Home Show on Friday.”