The Ottumwa Courier

March 1, 2014

Home and Garden Show draws a crowd

Courier staff writer

---- — OTTUMWA - Crowds filled the Bridge View Center this weekend with questions about improving their homes and gardens, and vendors were there to answer those questions.

This year's Home and Garden Show featured vendors ranging from miniature garden decorations to cabinets and everything in between. About 100 different vendors set up booths to promote their business and to educate the public on their specialty.

“I’ve come to the home show as a vendor every year for as long as I can remember, I’m a loyal customer,” Greg Greiner said.

Greiner, the owner of Greiner Implement Company, Inc., said that the he has always done really well at the home and garden show. He talks to a lot of people about the farm equipment that his business sells and educates them on what would best suit their needs.

Along with the vendor booths, there are also a variety of workshops and “how to” seminars to teach the crowds. Various businesses and local organizations host the seminars and teach people about their homes and gardens and ways to care for them.

The show takes months to put together, and new vendors are recruited each year. About three months before the show, there are many people hard at work to make it happen said Tim Kurtz, Director of the Chamber of Commerce.

“Many of the vendors come back year after year to promote their business, but we also try to bring in the best new vendors we can,” Kurtz said.

The vendors come from all over to display their work at the largest home and garden show in southeast Iowa, some even traveled over 300 miles to be here. Numerous sales are made at the show and many people find themselves booked up with work for months after the show.

“This show helps businesses make contacts in the community, whether it gets them a sale now or months down the road, it is just great for everyone,” Kurtz said.