Annual event concludes today at Mohegan Sun Arena

Last updated: January 25. 2014 10:32PM - 3261 Views
By Geri Gibbons Times Leader correspondent

Vendors at the 13th Annual Home & Garden Show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township talk with prospective clients on Saturday.
Vendors at the 13th Annual Home & Garden Show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township talk with prospective clients on Saturday.
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WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Thousands of area residents descended on the Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday wanting to know how to make their home and gardens look their best.
Many had special projects in mind such as adding a deck, installing a fireplace or replacing a roof. They wanted to know how best to get it done, and they were not disappointed.
The 13th annual Northeastern Pennsylvania Home & Garden Show was the place to be this weekend for people who like to work around their homes.
Filling two floors of the arena, vendors offered both quality products and their expertise in a multitude of areas.
For attendees interested in simply refreshing their home or yards, vendors were on hand offering such items as lawn ornaments, light fixtures and quilts.
In spite of cold temperatures and a snowy forecast, many attendees were looking forward to spring.
“We came to get ideas for sprucing up our home,” said Jim and Hilda Mendoza, of Dallas.
Other homeowners attending said the show presented a new perspective and enthusiasm to home improvement.
Megan Walker, the show manager, said the show's motto is “From the front door to the back yard.”
She lauded over 125 vendors in areas that included roofing, landscaping, gardening, porch and patio needs and more.
Walker said the show was helpful both to those who were building a first home and to those who wanted unique ideas to make their present homes more comfortable, beautiful or functional.
Jeff Devlin, star of DIY Network's “I Hate My Bath,” and HGTV's “Spice Up My Kitchen,” and Harry Rinker, star of HGTV's “The Collector Inspector,” were on hand and presented seminars throughout the weekend.
Vendors, many from out of the area, expressed delight with both the venue and the enthusiasm of attendees.
“We've been coming here throughout the history of the event and we love it,” said Scott Herman, of Superior Walls in Middleburg. “Those who attend always seem friendly and enthusiastic about their homes.”
Kimberly Castle, of Leaf Filter Gutter Protection, shared Herman's positive opinion of area residents, saying they seemed knowledgeable about proper home maintenance and improvement.
Other businesses found a niche in the show through the stomachs of attendees. Dash N Drizzle was a big hit offering samples of olive oils, vinegars and spices.
“The pear balsamic was really different, but delicious,” said Rose Kotas of Larksville.
Husband Pete Kotas shared his wife's enthusiasm for the selection and said Dash N Drizzle was one of their favorite vendors.

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