More than 50 vendors of all varieties came together at the Denison Hilton Garden Inn Saturday for the first day of the Texoma Home and Garden Show. While the two-day event traditionally focuses on the region’s homebuilders and suppliers, organizers broadened the approach to encompass all quality-of-life improvements.
Liz Washington, executive officer for the Texoma Home Builders Association, said the event, now in its seventh year, started with a focus on home amenities and home and garden improvements, including windows, landscaping and heating and air conditioning. For 2017, Washington said the event has been expanded to include attractions for the whole family, with crowds expected to reach about 4,000 people throughout the weekend.
“Basically, we’ve expanded to meet the demand,” she said. “A woman might not care about a riding lawn mower, but she might care about bath bombs.”
Other changes for 2017 include the addition of a children’s bounce house and skills classes on painting and other home improvement projects, she said.
Among the vendors at the event for the first time was Patricia Beech, representing her daughter’s home bakery, The Cookie Cafe. Beech said they were invited to the event and decided to sell flower and gardening related cookies to keep in theme.
“I think it’s pretty neat and they can get out more vendors like this,” Beech said, regarding the variety of exhibits ranging from lawn mowers to coffee and popcorn.
For their first year at the event, Beech said she was impressed by the foot traffic and sales she has been able to generate. While she has had more success at other local events, she attributed that most to this being their first year at the garden show.
One of the largest booths, occupying a full corner of the show room, was manned by Reynolds Electric Heating and Air Conditioning Service. Danny Reynolds said that this was the fourth year that the business has attended the event.
“This gives us a chance to show off what we do and the services we offer,” he said.
By midday Saturday, Reynolds said they had received about 200 to 300 visitors to the booth. This was an improvement over the previous year, and was a strong turn out for the company, he said.
When asked about the variety of vendors, Reynolds said he thought it added to the event in that it broadened the appeal of the event. “Plus a lot of people like to munch on the food and coffee,” he said.
The event will continue Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.