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Garden show attracts DIY-ers, enthusiasts

Mar. 09, 2013 @ 11:26 PM

HUNTINGTON -- For a winter-weary Tri-State, a dose of Saturday sunshine and the WSAZ Home & Garden Show were the perfect antidotes.

With dozens waiting in line for tickets outside the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and hundreds already inside early Saturday morning, it looked to be a busy day for do-it-yourself-ers, gardeners and home improvement experts mingling among 110 booths for indoors and out.

Rhonda Sullivan of Chesapeake said she was one of the first ones through the doors Saturday. Bolstered by the outlook of a sunny day and a dose of spring fever, Sullivan said she was hoping to check a few projects off of her to-do list.

"I don't know whether it's a good thing or a bad thing to come to something like this," Sullivan said. "I come with a list of things I want to do and leave with a few other projects on my mind that I hadn't even thought about."

The Home & Garden Show, now in its 14th year, features information on services ranging from building log cabins to fencing and budget blinds. More than 10,000 people are expected to walk through the doors this weekend to check out the smorgasbord of landscaping and home improvement ideas. Saturday also featured a variety of seminars from Tri-State Master Gardeners on home canning, vegetable gardening and pesticide safety as well as activities for children including an adventure garden and a mini-petting zoo presented by the Green Clovers 4-H Club.

More than anything, the show serves as inspiration and motivation to carry visitors through the remaining cold days into warmer weather ahead.

"It makes me eager for flip-flops, sitting on the deck and backyard barbecues," said Jill Davis of Ashland. "I see all this stuff and it motivates me to get prepared for spring and summer days ahead."

The WSAZ Home & Garden Show continues Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $6.50, $5 for seniors 55 and older and free for children 12 and younger.

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