West Branch builders show starts Friday

Some 160 vendors will be on hand Friday through Sunday for the annual West Branch Susquehanna Home Builders Association show at the Lycoming College Recreation Center.

Patrons will have the chance to visit many of the vendor booths representing custom home building, remodeling, masonry, landscaping, carpet and flooring, real estate, banking, plumbing and heating, green energy and many other types of businesses.

Marion Nyman, co-executive officer, said once again the event is sold out.

“We have been sold out for 10 years,” she said. “We fill out all the space that is available to us.”

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are set for 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Show hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For the first time a few vendors, including a wood carver, will be outside, Nyman said.

“They will be there regardless of the weather,” she said.

Nyman said there’s always a lot of enthusiasm for the show as area residents are eager to shrug off the long cold winter and dive into home improvement projects.

She called the event a great venue for vendors to network with potential customers.

This marks the seventh year that the show will be held at Lycoming College.

In past years, the home show has taken place at venues such as the YMCA Pickelner Arena, Lycoming County Fairgrounds and the Penn Street Armory

The House of Cans, constructed by Williamsport Area High School Career and Technical students, features donated cans of food for the American Rescue Mission. Last year, the public gave more than nine large barrels of food, which benefited St. Anthony’s Center.

Three grand prizes of $500 each will be given out each evening of the show. In addition, there will be prize drawings from individual exhibitors.

Pennsylvania College of Technology Construction Association students will oversee the treasure chest. Those attending the show will have a chance to open the chest and win a prize.

A concession stand will be operated by West Branch Builder’s Association Women’s Council with proceeds going to a scholarship fund.