Home and Garden Show continues today at Prescott Valley Event Center
PRESCOTT VALLEY - One would be hard-pressed not to find what they need for a home or garden project this season at the Yavapai County Contractor’s Association 38th annual Home and Garden Show.
The free event completely consumes the Prescott Valley Event Center every year for three days, packing the inside and filling much of the adjoining parking lot. The show continues today, May 15, the final day of the event. It begins at 10 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m.
Many of the vendors that participate come from throughout the state and have been doing so for many years.
“There is a lot of development going on in Prescott and Prescott Valley, so this is a vital resource for the people in the area,” said Hikmat Ahmad, owner of Southwest Treasures.
Ahmad represents a well-known artist named James Lee by showcasing much of his work throughout Arizona and neighboring states.
He said business is beginning to pick up a little bit from the recession, but it’s still pretty slow.
“When the economy is down, they look at art as not a necessity, so that impacts us,” Ahmad said.
Others companies, such as Loomis Tank Centers, which sells a lot of rain harvesting systems out of Dewey, has been seeing a moderate increase in business recently.
“Water is just so scarce here and I think people are starting to realize that more,” said Dan Loomis, president of the company.
But not everybody is going to find a fancy in buying and installing a rain harvesting system for $300-to-$8,000 (depending on the size).
Many are more interested in looking for the simple things to keep a home maintained.
Fresh from a Whiskey Row Marathon fun run, the Newbery family was looking to replace a few windows.
“We have a few that are broken,” said Reine Newbery, the family matriarch.
“Houses always have a list,” Reine’s husband, Randy Newbery, said.
Last year, the Home and Garden Show drew in about 16,000 attendees, said Sandy Griffis, executive director for the Yavapai County Contractor’s Association.
“I know we’re going to meet or exceed that this year,” she said.