EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The Heritage Federal Credit Union Home Show by Courier & Press is back after a one-year COVID hiatus, and it arrives at a convenient time.
The home renovation and repair business is booming, as homeowners adapt to changes forced by the pandemic. For those thinking about a project, the Home Show provides a good starting point.
“A lot people are going to be continuing to work from home, businesses have changed their policies,” said Cougar Martin, whose business, Martin Brothers Construction, had record volume in 2020 and is enjoying a strong 2021 as well.
“It’s office remodels, kitchens, breakfast nooks. It’s everything,” Martin said. “So many lifestyles have changed.”
The Home Show at Old National Events Plaza, 715 Locust St. in Downtown Evansville, will bring more than 70 vendors in various home improvement specialties, from facades to flooring and countertops to rooftops.
Attendees can meet landscapers, pest control companies and heating and air pros.
“They can talk to these people directly,” said Saundra Hadley, Home Show planner. “It’s nice to be able to have that, a one-stop shop.”
The Home Show also promises celebrity demonstrations, food options and fun over its two days.
Presenters expected to appear are Carrie Locklyn and Darren Keefe from HGTV’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Aug. 14) as well as Indiana’s own Mina Starsiak and Karen Laine from HGTV’s Good Bones (Aug. 15).
Attendees will be able to check out one of the leading dog shows in the Midwest as well. The canine show is sponsored by Pawprint Lodge and the Evansville Police Department K-9 unit. Fabulous feats will include disc catching, jump roping, hula-hooping and an obstacle course.
Plenty of food trucks and a beer garden will be available.
Attendees will have several opportunities to enter to win over $11,000 in prizes with the Renew/Redo Sweepstakes.
Organizers also hope attendees will check out the Habitat for Humanity of Evansville booth on the Home Show floor. The nonprofit organization makes homeownership a reality for local families.
“What we want to do is talk about the fact that we need volunteers,” said Holly Edmond, director of development. Habitat is seeking individuals and groups for its projects in Evansville, and opportunities are available for people of all ages and skill levels.
The Home Show is usually in the spring, but pandemic considerations pushed it to August this year. It’s hoped the show will return to an April weekend in 2022.
“We’re super excited to have the Home Show,” Hadley said. “Last year was the first year in 73 years we haven’t had one.”
If You Go
What: Heritage Federal Credit Union Home Show by Courier & Press
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15
Where: Old National Events Plaza, 715 Locust St. in Downtown Evansville
Tickets: Tickets are available online in advance at courierpress.com/homeshow or at the door for $5 each, or show a Heritage Federal Credit Union Bank Card for free admission. Children aged 11 or younger are free.