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January 30, 2014

Home Show planned Feb. 8, 9 at airport

MT. VERNON — Resurrecting a Jefferson County staple last year, the Greater Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring a Home Show on the weekend of Feb. 8 and 9 at the Mt. Vernon Airport.

The show was sponsored for several years by the Southern Illinois Homebuilders Association, but had not been held for 13 years until the Chamber brought it back to the community a year ago. One Stop Flooring of America and Bricks ‘N Stones Creative Concrete Professionals are corporate sponsors of the event.

“It exceeded our expectations. We had nearly 50 vendors, including some as far away as Maryland Heights, Mo. It was wonderful,” said Michaela Scattone, executive director of the Chamber. “We had people ask us to host one in the spring because last year’s event went so well.”

Scattone said last year’s show was coordinated with the Midwest Garden and Herb Show at Times Square Mall, which actually helped bring people to both events.

“The airport was phenomenal and gave us a great venue. Chris (Collins) and his staff helped make it a success too,” Scattone added.

Last year’s event was held in the community hangar, and Scattone said the event will be expanded this year to include another hangar “in hopes of having an even larger home show.”

Exhibits to be displayed include everything from windows to gutters, furniture, garages, and landscaping.

“It’s kind of the whole spectrum. You’re getting expect advise on everything related to the home,” Scattone said. “We always do things to benefit our members. It’s great to get them extra exposure, and it’s a great thing for Jefferson County by putting on a professional show.”

Admission is $2 per person. Children 10 and under are free. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 9.

“It’s a neat thing to do. We (the Chamber) like it when we can bring people from outside the community. It’s a good chance to see what Jefferson County has to offer. We always enjoy showing people what the county is all about, what it has to offer, and it drives traffic into this area,” Scattone said.

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