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Broadalbin ready for home show

Third annual event to begin Saturday

March 22, 2012
By AMANDA WHISTLE , The Leader Herald

BROADALBIN - In its third year, the Fulton-Montgomery County Home Show and Craft Fair continues to grow with more exhibitors and new attractions.

The two-day event, which will raise money to help pay for a new town park, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

The show spans two gyms, and interior space was sold out by Jan. 1, said Keith Buchanan, an event coordinator for the show.

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Donna Dickerson of Amsterdam looks at hair ties at a booth during the Fulton-Montgomery County Home Show and Craft Fair at Broadalbin-Perth High School last year. The annual event begins Saturday.

The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan

New this year, several exhibitors will offer how-to workshops on projects such as laminate floor installation, pellet and chimney stove cleaning, overhead door installation, ceramic tile installation and wallboard patching.

Buchanan said the workshops will offer attendees not just a chance to browse exhibitors and new products, but also an opportunity to learn.

"A lot of people now are trying to do things themselves because of the cost of things," he said. "We'll teach people how to put laminate floors down or install ceramic tile themselves."

Workshops are included with the $3 admission price to the home show. Children younger than 10 will be admitted for free.

Tower Shop Pharmacy - the Sunoco station and Tim Horton's Cafe on Route 30 -donated four $50 gas cards. Everyone at admission will get a ticket to put in a box in the back gym for a chance to win one, Buchanan said.

Also new this year, Lowe's is offering a free wood-working clinic for children Saturday and Sunday.

The Fulton County Sheriff's Department will offer free child ID registration and ID cards.

The Broadalbin Youth Commission started the show in 2010 with the goal of raising money to build a park on unoccupied town land near the intersection of Route 29 and Honeywell Corners Road.

Buchanan said the hard work of a four-person committee has made the event successful.

Last year, the home show, held at Broadalbin-Perth High School, featured more than 75 exhibitors and attracted 1,473 visitors.

About 100 booths are filled this year, and Buchanan said he's already making plans to add space for next year with an outdoor tent adjacent to the building.

Last year, the show raised $16,180 to be placed in the town's reserve for development of the park. Thousands of dollars has been raised through other events as well.

The cost of the park is expected to be $1.2 million to $1.4 million.

"We're quite a ways away. We know it's going to take major fundraising to get to where we need to be for the park itself," Buchanan said. "The money we're raising now is helping us get to the point of paying for engineering work and site work."

Amanda Whistle can be reached at



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