After 31 consecutive years, the Lowcountry Home & Garden Show must be doing something right, thanks to its sponsor, the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association (HHAHBA).
Last year, the annual extravaganza drew more than 6,000 visitors over the three-day weekend event. This year, the association expects even more to attend.
“Friday at 10 o’clock, it feels like 2,000 people come through the first hour,” said Meg James, HHAHBA executive officer.
Visitors will arrive en masse Friday, March 24 through Sunday, March 26 to connect with at least 93 exhibitors representing the entire swath of the association’s 450 member companies. Among the categories to be represented are decks, pools, plants, lumber, flooring, painting, interior design, roofing and security systems.
The indoor/outdoor venue totaling 13,000 square feet at the Buckwalter Recreation Complex in Bluffton is “another way for us to help our members showcase their goods and services to the community,” James said. “It’s not your typical grand convention center exhibit. It’s localized to our community. It’s members from our community and it’s members of the community coming.”
James said three events will be held each of the three mornings and afternoons with two additional events daily. Among these will be cooking demonstrations by area chefs, lectures and workshops. She’s also planning to schedule do-it-yourself workshops and seminars, as well as in-booth demonstrations by exhibitors.
Additionally, area farmers will be setting up their vegetable and fruit stands at the Farmer’s Market on Sunday, kids will enjoy their own workshop and activity area, and thousands of dollars in giveaways are planned.
The home & garden show will be held in conjunction with the 23rd Parade of Homes Tour of new and remodeled houses on the same dates.
“Folks are able to go on the tour, see the homes, meet the builders face to face,” James said. “It’s one-stop shop for folks. It’s an informative weekend for people looking to renovate or build or redecorate their homes. It’s a lot of one-on-one time and free consultations.”
The show is free to the public and the tour/gate pass is $5.
Home & Garden Show hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday March 24-26 at 905 Buckwalter Parkway. For more information call (843) 681-9240 or visit www.hhahba.com.