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March 14, 2014

Hot projects on display at home show

Exhibitors feature swing sets, major appliances

TERRE HAUTE — Two-year-old Reed Clutter looked like he felt right at home as he played on a swing inside Hulman Center in downtown Terre Haute during the 2014 Home Show kick off on Friday.

“It’s keeping him entertained,” said mom Sarah Clutter, who stood by the swing displayed by local business, Backyard Leisure.

She took little Reed to the Home Show “to check out all the displays.”

Swing sets, billiard tables, hot tubs, pools, cabinets and concrete. These are just a few of the items on display this weekend at the Home Show, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Terre Haute.

The show brings together close to 100 exhibitors and many attendees for various home improvement projects.

The event began Friday and continues from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Vex Robotics competition, where young students build their own small robots, will take place at 4 p.m. today. This event has attracted huge crowds in recent years.

There will be a CO2 Car Competition at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Inside Hulman Center on Friday, vendors had everything from windows and home security to furnaces and fencing.

One attendee, Nancy Beel of Terre Haute, said she is planning to paint, put a privacy fence up and add some new plants to her home so she was at the Home Show to look at possibilities.

Area charities, social clubs and schools also have a strong presence at the three-day event.

Clutter said another reason for coming to the Home Show on Friday was to “see Daddy for the evening,” as he worked on the displays by Vigo County School Corp.’s career-technical education program. The displays were from area middle schools and high schools and features different career paths including welding, construction, health, business and marketing.

At one display called “Tech Town USA,” West Vigo Middle School sixth grader Anthony Rubinacci sat at a computer and used software to design his house.

Beside him was a display featuring small model houses designed and built by sixth graders at area schools.

“I’m here looking at my house to show it to people,” Anthony said.

He was also building a house on the computer. He hopes to be an engineer or an architect when he grows up, he said. “It’s fun.”

Tribune-Star Reporter Dianne Frances D. Powell can be reached at 812-231-4299 or dianne.powell@

tribstar.com.

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