For area residents weary of the long winter, the snow and the cold, the annual West Branch Susquehanna Home Builders show is sure to be a welcome offering.
The three-day event kicks off Friday at Lycoming College Recreation Center with more than 150 exhibitors on hand.
Marion Nyman, co-executive officer, said the show is a chance for people to get a jump-start on spring and those home projects that often accompany the season.
It also offers the opportunity for networking among businesses and customers.
"We always hope that it's better each year," she said.
This marks the eighth year the event is at Lycoming College. In past years, the event was held at such venues as the YMCA Pickelner Arena, Lycoming County Fairgrounds and the Penn Street Armory.
Normally, every exhibit space gets filled by local businesses, according to Nyman.
"We usually end up with about 170 (vendors)," Nyman added.
Busineses and organizations from custom home building, remodeling and masonry to landscaping, carpet and flooring, and green energy are expected to be on hand.
Overall, the show has been well received over the years.
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.
Many of the same attractions and offerings can be expected, Nyman said.
Grand prizes of $500 will be offered each day of the show along with prize drawings from individual exhibitors.
Another attraction is the treasure chest. Penn College students oversee the chest which patrons can open with the hopes of winning a prize.
Hillside Catering will operate a concession stand with proceeds to go toward a Pennsylvania College of Technology scholarship fund
"We will have the wood carver again," Nyman said. "He carves throughout the show."
That carver, Gary Hilfiger of Troy, will auction off some of his wood sculptures, and his wife, artist Bonnie Bell, will auction some of her works.
Nyman said people also will have a chance to look at RVs parked outside the building.
There is an admission fee. Those who bring a can of food will be given a discount. The donated cans of food will be used to build a House of Cans display.