Home and Remodeling show nets 1,615 attendees
They came, they saw, they hammered.
With a total two-day attendance of 1,615, the 16th annual High Country Home and Remodeling Show was a "huge success," according to emcee and High Country Home Builder David Scott.
"Everyone involved with the show seemed very pleased," he said.
No one perhaps was more pleased than the top three Best in Show vendors: Watauga Wood Products, Hickory Lane Gardens and High Country Stone. The three were judged not only on their booth aesthetics but also their presentation to attendees.
Watauga Wood Products has gone through a revolution over the past five years, from constructing custom furniture to manufacturing log home materials.
"Building a log home is so much better and easier than it used to be," CEO David Harman said.
He feels the community responded to his booth due to the "local" element.
"This is as locally owned as it gets ... the materials are harvested locally ... business profits stay here," he said.
Another crowd favorite was hidden inside a tent at Mountain Heritage Systems' tent.
"It is the industry buzz right now," MHS' Jason Ferrell said.
"It" is Samsung's 3D LED television in, you guessed it, 3D.
"This is where the industry is going ... with an active pair of 3D glasses, it allows you to watch 3D movies on Blu-ray disc," he said.
The 55-inch set, available at MHS, will set you back $5,000, but Ferrell expects prices to drop as the technology takes off.
The expo wasn't just about technology.
Just as in last year's expo, Going Green was a popular topic among vendors and attendees.
Building Performance Engineering's John Kidda was full of tips on going green and saving money, tips like: "One degree up in the winter and one degree down in the summer is 3 percent of your power bill ... if we can adjust our body's taste to be comfortable with cooler temperatures in the winter and hotter temperatures in the summer, we could save some money."
BPE, which offers weatherization training, presented a power point to interested consumers.
Scott is optimistic about proceeds from the expo and raffle tickets. Totals have yet to come in, but funds raised go directly towards scholarships for local students pursuing secondary education in a construction-related field.
This year's show, presented by the High Country Home Builders Association, happened Friday and Saturday at the Holmes Convocation Center.