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Fulton Home Show inspires home improvement and helps local business

FULTON, NY – The spirit of Spring Cleaning was all around the Fulton War Memorial this weekend.

People getting great home improvement ideas at this year's event.
People getting great home improvement ideas at this year’s event.

The city of Fulton and Fulton Community Development Agency hosted the 2013 Fulton Area Home Show.

This is the seventh year of the event, and they’ve seen community participation grow every year.

The event was at capacity with 40 vendor booths set up and an expected attendance of around 500 patrons.

“Each year it’s easier to fill the vendor slots,” said event coordinator Jan Rebeor. “And, there’s a waiting list, so people are getting business from the show. It’s all about giving people in the surrounding areas a chance to highlight their business.”

One such business was Robert Foley Professional Tile. Foley has been on the waiting list for three years and this was his first appearance at the show.

He had a steady stream of people visiting the booth and was excited to talk to all of them and see some familiar faces.

“It’s local and I like that,” said Foley.

“The goal is to get the community talking and involved in their home ownership and community,” said Karen Acome from the Fulton Community Development Agency.

All the businesses featured at the Fulton Home Show are from the surrounding area and everyone walking around was excited to hire someone local to work on their home improvement projects.

“I always like to do business in my own county,” one woman mentioned. She and her friend had been hitting up some Saturday morning garage sales and decided to see what the Home Show had to offer.

They were surprised by the variety of businesses and both said they got some good ideas for their homes.

Matt Fragale and Sean Leonard are co-owners of Cutting Edge Lawn and Snow. Even they were surprised by the turnout at the show.

This was their first year and they didn’t know about some of the other vendors and were looking forward to walking around to meet people.

“I always hire local,” said Fragale.

Gardening expert Terry Ettinger was the special guest at this year’s show and Acome said his presence definitely increased traffic to the event.

“People come prepared with specific questions for the special guest,” she said.

As the day went on members of the Fulton Community Development Agency milled around the room and talked to vendors, making sure all booths had traffic and they were drumming up business.

Each booth also has a raffle for products or services.

Rebeor, microphone in hand, moved around the War Memorial giving each booth a 30-second promo and announcing the raffle winners.