Hundreds hover inside during Home Show

The March 22 North Suburban Home Show set records this year with 1,800 people stopping by 100 booths to get inspiration, get ideas, get tips, and get remodel, replace and redo plans up and running.

As temperatures failed to warm above freezing outside the Andover YMCA/Community Center on home show day, visitors could still relax in the gardens and imagine the warm summer days ahead. That’s because participating landscapers and nurseries added a lively touch, “greening up” the show by displaying flowers and trees and providing extra seating in garden-like areas.

Speaking of the cold, to accommodate this year’s record-breaking number of visitors and allow comfort and ease in getting to the show, home show organizers provided a complimentary shuttle bus from overflow parking at Andover Elementary School across the street to the community center.

Still, longer hours and more parking may be considered as part of next year’s home show.

Once inside, visitors also made first-time exhibitor Accessible Construction and Products a favorite stop. That vendor offers accessible housing design alternatives to enhance the productivity of disabled residents.

That booth may have been so popular because more and more people are staying in their homes longer. That sometimes means needing to provide wheelchair accessibility and other accessibilities that were not previously needed.

After doors closed on the day-long home show, organizer Cindy Ramseier reviewed the activity and said, “The opportunity for consumers to speak to individual exhibitors all in one setting was especially popular.”

“In addition,” she said. “our Kids’ Workshop, seed planting, power tool demonstration, and  master gardener demonstrations were also popular.”

A list of participating exhibitors and pictures from this year’s show will be posted at

Sue Austreng is at [email protected]

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