Home show kicks off today

Mike Krug of Amsterdam explains products that give a stone appearance inside or outside to, from left, Perry and Kathy Eckler of Johnstown and Tony Hine of Gloversville at the ninth annual home show and craft fair April 14, 2018 at Broadalbin-Perth High School. The event, which raises money to develop the Broadalbin town park, will be today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

BROADALBIN — Now in its 10th year and growing, the Youth Commission’s annual Fulton-Montgomery County Home Show Craft Fair is now up to 100 vendors and it is sure have something for everyone, including homeowners, crafters and children.

The homeshow craft fair, hosted by the Broadalbin Youth Commission, will take place today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Broadalbin-Perth High School.

“Anyone who attends has a chance to win free $50 gas cards,” said Keith Buchanan, director of the youth commission. “There will be raffles, service vendors, crafters — anything to do with a home will be there.”

Buchanan said each year the event expands and this year, it is up to its maximum number of vendors — 100.

“There is something for everybody,” said Buchanan. “And all proceeds go toward the youth commission and the town park.”

The homeshow craft fair is a fundraiser for the Broadalbin Youth Commission, which has been working to complete and pay for the $1 million Broadalbin Town Park on Union Mills Road. The park, which is not being paid for with taxpayer money, is being funded through a loan the youth commission has been paying on.

“We always said we weren’t going to use taxpayer money to pay for the park,” said Buchanan. “The money we make from this show goes into the town park reserve that helps pay for anything that goes into the park.”

The park, he said, is about “95 percent” complete, but it will not be ready for use until the spring of 2020.

“We need to let the grass have a solid year of growth,” Buchanan said. “And there are some final touches that still need to be done.

Thee park will feature a number of sports fields including two full-sized soccer fields, baseball and softball fields, a playground, pavilion and basketball courts.

“There will also be a walking path eventually,” said Buchanan.

The pavilion will also be available to rent, said Buchanan.

“Someone could hold a family reunion there, a birthday party or the like,” said Buchanan. “And every penny the park makes, goes back into [the reserve fund.]”

The homeshow is the commission’s most important fundraising event, he said.

“It is our major fundraiser for the park,” said Buchanan, adding that last year, $22,000 was raised, up $2,000 from the previous year.

“Roughly 1,750 people visited the show last year,” said Buchanan.

He said that as people come into the event, their paid admission gets them a ticket which can be deposited in a drop box in Gym No. 2. That deposited ticket can win participants one of the gas cards being given away in a drawing each afternoon at the end of the day.

“You don’t have to be present to win either,” said Buchanan.

Also available are Chinese raffle items donated by various businesses, including Auto Zone and Home Depot.

Buchanan said the raffle tickets are $1 each or $5 for 15 tickets and that participants do not need to be present to win those items either.

The Fulton-Montgomery County home show and craft fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Broadalbin-Perth High School. The admission is $3; free for children younger than 10.

The event will include free coloring books and comic books for children, compliments of Fulton County Public Health; free child identification, compliments of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department; and other items from the various vendors.

Patricia Older contributed to this article.