More than 1,200 people attended the Mountain Area Home and Garden Show at Evergreen High School last weekend, a 50 percent increase over last year, according to event organizer Ron Catterson.
Many of this year’s 80 vendors were asking about signing up for the next show because of the high interest, Catterson said.
The event generates funds for area service organizations through vendors’ fees and admission charges. “All the money goes back to local organizations,” Catterson said.
Nonprofit organizations were provided space at the show for free, he explained.
Evergreen Christian Outreach received an extra benefit at this year’s show through the food donations people brought in exchange for a half-price admission fee.
“They were overwhelmed,” said Catterson. By the end of the first day of the show, EChO had received seven boxes of food, he said.
Those who came to the show had opportunities to see traditional and cutting-edge products and services ranging from plants and landscaping materials to air-purification systems with whirling water.
Many of the seminars offering innovative ideas for homeowners generated high levels of interest, Catterson said. “Some were completely packed,” he said.
The show featured local and regional vendors, including Evergreen businessman Jim Freeman of Tint America, who talked about the effects of sun on glass at one of the seminars.
The Evergreen and Conifer Rotary foundations will distribute funds generated from the show to area service organizations, Catterson said. As of Monday, May 21, the total amount generated by the show had not been tallied.
Next year’s Home and Garden Show will be held in Conifer, as the venues alternate between the two towns.
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