WEIRTON - The Tri-State Home and Garden Show returned to the area Friday, just in time for the start of spring.
The third-annual event, sponsored this year by DeNoon Lumber, Weirton Medical Center and Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration, will continue today and Sunday at the Serbian-American Cultural Center in Weirton.
It is organized through a cooperative effort between the Weirton Area and Jefferson County chambers of commerce and coordinated by Beyond Marketing of Wheeling.
The activities kicked off Friday, with exhibits opening at 4 p.m. and a combined chamber Business After Hours. The Tri-State Home and Garden Show is free to the public and will be open today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"With the predicted weather, we should have a terrific turnout," Lisa Conti, Weirton chamber board member, said, encouraging area residents to check things out this weekend. "It's a wonderful event for the community."
John Cucarese, a member of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce board, agreed, saying in addition to finding tips for home improvement projects and gardening and landscaping, he finds the networking opportunities during trade shows and other local events beneficial.
The Tri-State Home and Garden Show kicked off Friday, with sponsors and organizers gathering to help open the event at the Serbian American Cultural Center. Taking part was, from left, Robert DiCiccio of Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration; John Cucarese, of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce; Clay Croskey, of DeNoon Lumber; Lisa Conti, of the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce; and Kevin Brown, of Weirton Medical Center. -- Craig Howell
Yost Contracting, of Martins Ferry, is among the vendors taking part in this year's Tri-State Home and Garden Show taking place at the Serbian American Cultural Center this weekend. More than 80 vendors are registered for this year's event. -- Craig Howell
Nelson Fine Art and Gifts, of Steubenville, is displaying many of its products this weekend at the Tri-State Home and Garden Show. Close to 90 area businesses are taking part in this year's event at the Serbian American Cultural Center. -- Craig Howell
"I always find them helpful for my business," he said, noting he had a booth set up for his New York Life agency.
With close to 90 vendors registered, organizers and sponsors said they were excited for the public to see what they have to offer.
"This is always a great show," Rob DiCiccio, of Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration, said. "We are honored and pleased to be a major sponsor."
Clay Croskey, of DeNoon Lumber, said the Tri-State Home and Garden Show provides an opportunity for them to meet potential customers and let them see what the business has to offer.
"We like to come out and support the shows," he said. "It's a great way to meet the customers."
Kevin Brown, director of communications for Weirton Medical Center, said the hospital is glad to be able to continue supporting the chambers and the Tri-State Home and Garden Show.
"We're always happy to be here to support the Weirton Chamber and the Jefferson County Chamber," Brown said. "It's a great opportunity to tell people about Weirton Medical Center."
(Howell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)