Show benefits Habitat for Humanity
By Rheta Murry | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nearly 50 vendors will showcase their wares during the Maryville-Alcoa Home Builders Association Home and Remodeling Show Friday and Saturday in the former Halls Salvage building in New Midland Plaza in Alcoa.
Home improvement businesses, contractors, Realtors, property managers and home improvement stores will be on hand to assist those attending the show.
“The folks looking to build can talk to contractors first-hand, and if they want to buy, they can talk to real estate agents,” said Laurie Boyd, a committee member. “We also have home improvement professionals, if (those attending) already own a home, then we have products they can look at. For example, if they need a heat and air unit, we have that covered.”
The event, benefiting Blount County Habitat for Humanity, will feature a corn hole tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday and the Alcoa Fire Department safety exhibit.
Blount County Animal Shelter will bring several adoptable dogs and cats to the Friday event in hopes that the animals will find homes.
Boyd said members of the Home Builders Association started talking about hosting a home show less than a month ago, which sparked a lot of interest with the members. “It is also a way for us to raise much-needed funds for Blount County Habitat for Humanity,” she said. “It’s better than us charging at the door like most shows. We hope they will take their pocket change and drop it off for the Habitat for Humanity booth.”
Previously, the group held the show at Foothills Mall, which made it difficult to gauge interest in the event. Boyd said that having the event at the New Midland Plaza location should help them tell how much interest the show generates.
UT game on
For those diehard UT fans, Ledbetter Electronics plans to televise Saturday’s game so those attending won’t miss a touchdown or a penalty.
Food vendors will sell their wares during the event. Hourly door prizes will be awarded and one grand prize will be given away each day. Alcoa Fire and Police departments will also be on hand.
The Maryville-Alcoa Home Builders Association is made up of contractors in the area as well as associate members, which include such companies as Gillenwater Flooring, Ledbetter’s, and Anderson Lumber, the longest associate member for the organization.