Originally Published: May 2, 2008 9:18 p.m.
PRESCOTT VALLEY - Chuck Merritt is expanding his presence at the Yavapai County Contractors Association Home and Garden Show.
Merritt owns general contracting company DeCarol Co. and he said expanding into two booths is worthwhile because of the foot traffic and prospective clients he gets from the three-day event.
"The seed-planting that we do at the home show is very important to us because you never know where the work will come from," he said.
This year's show is at Tim's Toyota Center at 3201 N. Main St. in Prescott Valley from May 16 - 18. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Thousands of people attend the show, and the contacts can really pay off.
Merritt said he got about 10 solid contacts from the 2007 show and a couple of them turned into jobs.
This is Merritt's fifth year at the show and he said people have come back to him years after seeing his booth.
"The home show provides good exposure of our company to thousands of people," he said.
The show is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and Association Manager Sandy Griffis expects attendance figures to surpass the more than 15,000 people who went to it in 2007.
The show was originally at the old County Fairgrounds in Prescott with about 20 exhibitors, Griffis said. It bounced from Yavapai College to the Prescott Gateway Mall before settling at Tim's Toyota Center in 2007.
"It was like humble beginnings for the show, but as our community grew, the show grew to meet the needs of the citizens and the expanding contractor base," she said.
The 2008 show features more than 160 vendors inside and outside selling everything from floor coverings to mowers.
"It's a show that's broad enough to attract interest from everybody. It's not just a pots and pans show," Griffis said.
The show opens doors in the way of new clients for Rob Hudson.
Hudson owns Prestige Security Doors in Prescott and this is his second year with a booth at the show.
Hudson began his business in 2006 and he said the association's show does a great job of focusing on home improvement.
Hudson notes a cool housing sector means more homeowners are renovating their homes to make them more comfortable.
Hudson, like Merritt, is expanding into two booth spaces for this month's show to better showcase some of his hundreds of custom-built doors.
"We're expecting the home show to be at least as beneficial as last year," he said. "People are coming there looking for specific things."
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