News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 16, 2013

2013 Home Show under way

Event continues through Sunday in Hulman Center

Sue Loughlin
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Dreaming about a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi  or gutters that don’t require cleaning?

Maybe it’s time to replace flooring, modernize the kitchen or do some landscaping.

If so — or if you just like to fill a bag with lots of freebies — don’t miss the 2013 Home Show at Hulman Center sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Terre Haute.

The Home Show began Friday and continues from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 or it’s free with a donation of two non-perishable food items per person. Children under 12 are free.

This year’s home show features nearly 100 exhibitors who have everything from lawn mowers to furnaces, and fencing to financing.  

“We have almost anything you could think of as far as your home goes,” said Dennis Meneely, home show chairman who owns Meneely Construction in Brazil.

This year, about 30 vendors contributed to building a “mock house” and a “mock basement,” which show the different components that go into building a home.

The mock home and basement, about 24 feet by 40 feet, has been Meneely’s project. It’s not a finished product but shows such things as insulation, flooring, different ways of building, roofing, etc. It includes solar panels on the roof and outdoor amenities.

Those who attend the home show tend to be “people who are thinking into the future” and looking for ideas for future home improvements, Meneely said.  

There also are activities for kids. “It’s a great way to spend the weekend,” Meneely said.

This year, people are especially interested in home security systems, said Marsha Doan, executive officer of the Home Builders Association. “We have several of those vendors here for every budget.”

The event also includes Realtors, insurance representatives and bankers.

Among those visiting the home show Friday was Linda Davis of Rosedale. “I’m getting ideas and checking on pricing as far as windows,” she said.

 Rita Hollingshead of Terre Haute was looking into lawn mowers.

Troy Kirkham and his family were looking at purchasing a new, above-ground pool. They moved last summer, and their new home doesn’t have one.

“He just wants to get me a pool so I can get him a motorcycle,” said Kirkham’s wife, Jennifer.

Once again, the Vigo County School Corp.’s career-technical education program will have a strong presence at the home show, with exhibits from different schools. High schools will showcase the different career pathways offered.

The popular Vex Robotics competition takes place at 4 p.m. today. The event involves about 40 to 50 Vigo County School Corp. middle school students who have built their own small robots.

Kyler Wallace, an eighth-grader at West Vigo Middle School, was at Hulman Center Friday night making adjustments to his robot and preparing for competition. “They are fun to build,” he said.

Visitors also will be able to see the middle school Tech Town display and Supermileage cars from South Vigo and West Vigo high schools.