York home show draws big crowd

Christopher Dornblaser

This year's Home and Garden show brought homeowners from all over to check out what they could add to their home. From bathtubs to home gardening, there was a bit of everything for the curious homeowner.

The 48th Annual York Builders Association Home and Garden Show was held over the weekend at the York Expo Center, bringing out people from all over to see new ideas for their homes. From backyard swingsets to cookware and gardening, attendees got to see what local businesses could offer.

Laurie Lourie, executive vice president of the York Builder's Association, said this year's event had more than 150 businesses exhibiting. At around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, she said they were on track for one of their biggest years, with over 2,000 people attending that day.

"We're seeing a great turnout," she said.

On display: One display, Kitchen Craft, had a person demonstrating kitchenware by cooking vegetables and making salad with the products. The salesman cooked food using the product for the audience, such as salads and vegetables. The small group of people seemed pleased not only to get some of the food but to get to sit down on the many seats assembled inside the booth.

Another display had a backyard swingset that families were letting their kids play on.

Joan Wabnik, of Long Island, New York, was in the area for the weekend visiting family. She was playing with her young granddaughter, Olivia, as Olivia's parents checked out the expo.

"It keeps them busy," she said, as she was helping her granddaughter use the slide.

Leo Deller of Dallastown turns a jewelry box at the South Central PA Woodturner's booth during the York Builders Association Home & Garden Show, Sunday January 31, 2016. John A. Pavoncello photo

Outdoors: Among the various displays for home products were several gardening and lawn care products.

Lourie said this year they added gardening to the title of the show to emphasize the growing interest in outdoor decorations.

There were quite a few landscaping companies on the floor of the show, exhibiting what kind of landscaping they can offer customers. Phillip Trump, director of sales at Trump Lawn and Land, said over the past few years, interest in landscaping has grown at the show.

"Every year, more and more people are interested in outdoor living," he said. "That's more reason for us being here."

With the massive amount of snow dumped onto the county last weekend, Trump said people are happy to see something different.

"Everyone's eager to see a little green," he said.

Among the people looking to see what kind of outdoor offerings were available at the show were Cindy and Ben Huson, who drove around 50 minutes from Delta, to check out what was on display at the show.

Harrison Clinton, 7 of Hanover at left, and siblings Piper, 4 and Hudson, also 4, swing on a garden display by Webster's Landscaping during the York Builders Association Home & Garden Show, Sunday January 31, 2016. John A. Pavoncello photo

Cindy said they had been looking to see some ideas they could get for  outside their house, as they did some work to their home around nine years ago.

"Must of the stuff I'm looking at, it's like, 'No, I love my house,'" she said, laughing.

Cindy said they were just getting some ideas while they were there, and that they were happy that so many local businesses were on display.

Ben was impressed by the options available to attendees.

"It's neat that someone organized this," he said.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com.