By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
The 38th annual Enid Home Show promises to be the biggest ever, according to organizers.
The show, sponsored by Enid Homebuilders Association, opens today and continues through Sunday at Chisholm Trail Expo Center.
More than 370 vendors have signed up, said Janelle Martin, event promoter.
“This is the biggest group we’ve ever had at the show,” Martin said.
Venders are scheduled to come from as far away as California, Florida, New York, Minnesota, Illinois, and even from Canada, she said.
“There are also a lot of Enid businesses represented,” she said.
Enid Homebuilders Association president James Ladwig said the purpose of the show is to give vendors a place to display their products.
“Many people may not know who to call and they may not even be thinking of home improvement when they go to the show,” Ladwig said. “It’s not just about homes. We have very few homebuilders who participate because of the economy.”
Martin said the reason for the growth is because the show has grown in reputation as one of the big shows in the Midwest. It is the last big show on the circuit, and people who attend come from southern Kansas and across the state. “... the surrounding area supports the show as well,” Martin said.
Last year’s show attracted 20,000 people, and Martin said she expects up to 25,000 this year. The show begins at 2 p.m. today and runs until 8 p.m. It continues 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3.
Leisure living will have a prominent space in this year’s show. A number of garden companies will be represented, along with businesses featuring landscaping and ponds.
“We will even have palm trees this year,” Martin said.
Vendors featuring all types of lawn-care equipment and home care from foundation to rooftop will be present, including window, siding, foundation repair, kitchen and bath companies. Storm shelters — from in-ground shelters to garage shelters and safe rooms — also will be featured.
“We can also help you furnish your home, and we have carpeting,” Martin said. “It’s all you need to accessorize with.”
Some of the businesses that have been with the home show from the beginning and will be present again this year include A.E. Howard, Garden House, Pioneer Construction, Century 21, RE/MAX Premier Realtors, Coldwell Banker Realty III and Progressive Windows. Martin said those are only a few of the businesses that have supported the home show from the start 38 years ago. Other businesses have come every year for 10 to 12 years.
The first show had 124 vendors and 9,000 visitors. It was a two-day show.
“We’ve grown it into the second-largest Homebuilders Association show in the state, and the third-largest home show overall,” Martin said. “About one-third of the vendors in this year’s show are new.
“We are trying to add space for new entries this year for vendors who called this week. We were literally putting vendors in as of Wednesday night,” Martin said.
This year’s theme is Mardi Gras, and the home show will feature a Mardi Gras celebration, complete with live bands and entertainment. There will be jazz music playing all weekend. Martin said a number of Enid musicians will be featured. The music event is sponsored by Jackson’s of Enid.
There are a number of kids’ activities that are new this year. Local makeup artist Nate Bright will do face painting and will bring in Genna Green, who appeared in the SciFi television series “FaceOff,” and will do makeup. Pony rides will be available, along with a large trampoline with bungi cords, large slide and moon walk. Shrine Clowns will be present with their train.
Another kids events is Katt Daddy and Copperhead of the National Geographic television series “MudCats.” They will operate a booth selling a variety of items and will be available for photos and autographs, Martin said.
“Everyone is welcome to our show,” she said. “The concession stands are open and there will be something for everybody. We also have cash-and-carry vendors so you can shop for Mother’s Day.”