Welcome mat out at county home show

September 30, 2020 Cranberry Living


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The Butler County Home Show will return to the Family Sports Center October 2, 3 and 4 for three action-packed days of experts, exhibits and demonstrations.

Those looking for something to do on the weekend can check out the exhibits, demonstrations and experts at the ninth annual Butler County Home Show, and it's all free.

The event will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Family Sports Center on Evans City Road in Butler Township.

Admission and all attractions are free.

Roofers, remodelers, waterproofing, insurance and banking, carpeting and many other exhibitors will offer demonstrations or talk to visitors about their products and services.

The Butler County Home Show will return to the Family Sports Center October 2, 3 and 4 for three action-packed days of experts, exhibits and demonstrations.

“For a ninth straight year, we're pleased to present this popular community event in Butler,” said Bernie Caplan, co-producer of the show.

“As a regional home show, this event features local pros close to home and connects nearly 100 exhibitors with individuals looking for advice, information and inspiration,” he said.

Enhanced health and safety measures will be in place at the home show due to the coronavirus pandemic, Caplan said.

All visitors and vendors are required to wear masks, sanitize their hands and practice social distancing.

A security guard will ensure no more than 300 people are inside the Family Sports Center at one time, Caplan said.

“Our eight years of experience planning this event, and our familiarity with this specific building, has made it easy to adjust our setup and incorporate logistical modifications this year,” Caplan said.

He said many companies are anxious to set up at the Home Show, especially small businesses that have been financially affected by the pandemic.

“A lot of vendors are counting on us,” Caplan said.

Instead of the usual availability of food inside the venue, Fairground Market will cook up snacks, sandwiches and more in a food truck outside.

Socially distanced picnic tables will be available.

“Or, people can take their dinner home with them if they like,” Caplan said.

Caplan is excited to offer homeowners who are tired of being cooped up a large and exciting event to attend.

“What I love about the Butler show is that it's almost become a community event,” he said. “It seems entrenched in the community as an event that people like.”

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.