Sentinel's Home and Garden Expo PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 20 April 2013 13:08
People tour the Home and Garden Expo at the Stroh Center. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Despite less than spring-like temperatures on Saturday, just under 1,500 people showed up for the Home and Garden Expo at Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center. SEE MORE PHOTOS
The event featured 97 vendors, nearly double last year’s total, stationed on the Stroh’s main court and Hall of Fame Area.
“Attendance has well-exceeded last year’s event,” said Betty Kahlenberg, advertising director for the Sentinel-Tribune, which again sponsored the second-year event.
“Actually, I think the cooler temperatures worked out for us because it’s too cold to be working outside,” she said.
The expo featured vendors providing an array of goods and services including playground equipment, patio furniture, sheds, awnings, garage doors, flooring, lawn care, roofing, heating and cooling, security systems, interior design, gardening, windows and doors, Amish furniture, dog training, chimney and stoves, water proofing, home remodeling, hand made stone carvings and more.
Elizabeth Holliker of Haskins, made the expo a family event. She brought her two sons, Noah, 4, and Evan, 3, with her.
Noah and Evan made crafts at the Home Depot station and Holliker was also able to look at deck and patio displays.
“We don’t have one, so we are looking for ideas,” she said.
Perrysburg’s Colleen Donkel took the expo as an excuse to get out of the house.
She paid particular attention to the dog training vendor display for her two bloodhounds.
This was the first year for the event to be held at the Stroh Center.
“This has been a great combination between the Stroh Center and the Sentinel-Tribune. The partnership was a great idea,” Kahlenberg said.
Kahlenberg said the flow pattern for foot traffic and vendors worked well at the facility.
Tom Haas, president of Haas Garage Door and a vendor at the expo, agreed.
“We’ve had good foot traffic. I’ve talked to a lot of past customers and I’ve had a couple sales leads,” he said.
“This is a little bit more open, well-lit and better attended,” Haas said.
Next year’s expo will return to the Stroh Center at a date to be announced.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 14:57

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