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Autumn show in Ocean City is one-stop shopping for house

As many as 150 vendors to offer products, services for home interior, exterior

LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor


Exhibitors scheduled to attend the second annual Autumn Home and Condo Show at the Ocean City convention center include contractors, builders, financial advisors, landscapers, lawn care businesses, spa, sauna and pool dealers, plumbers, painters, water treatment specialists, furniture suppliers, window designers and flooring, carpeting, roofing and siding installation companies. 
PHOTO COURTESY OCEAN PROMOTIONS Exhibitors scheduled to attend the second annual Autumn Home and Condo Show at the Ocean City convention center include contractors, builders, financial advisors, landscapers, lawn care businesses, spa, sauna and pool dealers, plumbers, painters, water treatment specialists, furniture suppliers, window designers and flooring, carpeting, roofing and siding installation companies.PHOTO COURTESY OCEAN PROMOTIONS(Oct. 12, 2012) For 28 years, the annual spring Home, Condo and Garden Show at the Ocean City convention center has been a one-stop shop, providing everything attendees could need for their residence.

Show promoter Mike Wicklein of Ocean Promotions said spring show attendees and vendors expressed interest in a fall event in Ocean City, so when dates became available last October, he booked the 40th Street convention center for the inaugural Autumn Home and Condo Show.

Approximately 140 vendors participated in the first-ever fall show, which drew more than 6,000 attendees.

“We’ve been doing a show in the spring for 28 years and we felt there was a need for one in the fall,” he said. “Last year, the vendors seemed to be happy and the customers seemed to be happy. Many of the vendors are returning this year and we have some interesting new vendors.”

The 2012 three-day fall show will begin at noon today and continue through Sunday afternoon. Approximately 150 vendors offering products and services for the interior and exterior of any residents are scheduled to attend.

Vendors will showcase all the basic necessities for any house, home or condo. The show is designed for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating.

Vendors scheduled to attend include contractors, builders, financial advisors, landscapers, lawn care businesses, spa, sauna and pool dealers, plumbers, painters, water treatment specialists, furniture suppliers, window designers and flooring, carpeting, roofing and siding installation companies, among others.

Exhibitors will provide ideas on decorating, remodeling, accessorizing, renovating and building a new home. Some vendors will offer special show prices, promotions and discounts.

“We have a nice variety of vendors,” Wicklein said. “It’s a perfect venue to find something for your home sweet home or your home away from home. It’s convenient because everything is all under one roof. You can compare and shop around and see some new products and services.”

Wicklein describes the show’s atmosphere as relaxed and low-key, with no pressure to buy.

In addition to the main exhibit, there will be a Health Craft Cooking Show presented each day, as well as an Art and Craft Fair, featuring approximately 24 artists selling handmade wares, ceramics, paintings, photography and prints, jewelry, wood carvings, furniture, candles, clothing and glassware.

Some organizations that will be on hand include Maryland Coastal Bays Program, Wicomico County Humane Society, Delmarva Cat Connection and the First State Marine Corps League.

Admission to the show costs $5 for adults. Today, Friday, senior citizens (55 and older) will receive a $2 discount on admission. Children ages 13 and younger will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Active military, police and fire personnel admitted free with ID.

Show hours are Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A variety of door prizes will be up for grabs during the event.

For more information, call 410-213- 8090 or visit www.oceanpromotions.info.

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