WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The Mohegan Sun Arena was packed before noon on Sunday with visitors to the final day of the 2018 NEPA Home and Garden Show.
More than 130 vendors – ranging from kitchen and bath remodelers to landscapers to even chiropractors and animal adoption services – lined the arena concourse and floor.
The initial idea for the event, which is in it’s 17th year, was to make a one-stop-shop for those seeking products or services for their homes, according to show manager Megan Walker.
“What we do is create a local marketplace for anyone looking to do any home improvement projects,” Walker said. “That would include anything from replacing windows to landscaping services, bathroom remodel, kitchen remodel … Anything along those lines.
“We want to offer a wide variety to the attendees.”
The show began on Friday, with each day drawing different types of crowds eager to view both indoor and outdoor vendors, according to corporate sales manager Sarah Kokernot.
Walker said attendees enjoy patronizing the show because it allows them to not only shop at a wide array of vendors, but also compare vendor products and pricing while getting the opportunity to take advantage of special coupons and event pricing.
As the crowd made its way through a path that took viewers around the top floor and down to the main staging area, many paused to gush over several puppies that were on display for adoption.
Laura’s Hope Rescue, an animal nonprofit located in Hop Bottom, brought seven dogs looking for their “forever homes” to the event. The organization is run by Grace Benson, who has been working with the show for more than three years.
“I came here one year and saw it, and I decided to ask if we could come,” she said, explaining that the nonprofit is currently raising funds for a dog that needs extensive medical care. “They said yes, and we’ve been here ever since.”
While many stopped to pet and play with Dallas, a baby black Labrador retriever, shelter volunteer Rebecca Deangelo explained that many of the animals up for adoption come to Laura’s Hope Rescue from high-kill shelters located in the Southern United States.
Jill Pio and her family came to the show on the hunt for master landscapers. The Broadheadsville resident and her family decided to come to the show for the first time to find ideas for their outdoor living space.
“It’s very good,” she said of the show. “(We’re looking for) some ideas and maybe some helpful vendors that can tell us what we can do and how we can do it.”
The Pio family didn’t have to look far. They were standing in front of Greenwood Nursery and Landscaping. Run by Jim and Jill Ide, the company has been serving the area by providing an outdoor service center in Plains for more than 30 years.
Ide said she has returned as a vendor for the last 15 years because the show allows her to display her company’s products and services to not only repeat customers but also to new customers who may reside out of their typical service area.
The Times Leader Media Group is a sponsor of the Home and Garden Show.