The fourth-annual Texoma Home and Garden Show kicked off Saturday at Loy Park in Denison, and will continue through the weekend.

The fourth-annual Texoma Home and Garden Show kicked off Saturday at Loy Park in Denison, and will continue through the weekend.


The event is sponsored by Texoma Builders, an association that works to benefit builders and their associates in Grayson, Fannin and Cooke Counties, said Executive Officer Lindsay Wright. Community service is also an important part of the group’s purpose.


"(Texoma Builders) is basically a group of home builders doing stuff for the community, giving back," Wright said.


The Home and Garden Show provides an opportunity for local businesses to set up booths, advertise and interact with potential customers. This year about 65 vendors set up at the Show. The vendors included "a little bit of everything," Wright said, such as HVAC businesses, pool businesses, banks and furniture suppliers, among others.


By Saturday afternoon, about 500 people had already visited the Home and Garden Show, which is an improvement from the same time last year, Wright said.


Paul and Leann Steadman of Mead, Okla. said they came down to see flower and garden vendors — which there were plenty of.


Since the event’s beginning, all admission proceeds have gone to benefit the Child and Family Guidance Center of Texoma. Last year, the Home and Garden Show attracted almost 3,000 attendees and was able to raise about $5,000 for the Center.


"We are so grateful that Texoma Builders has chosen to partner with us these past four years," said Brenda Hayward, executive director for the CFGC.


The Center provides affordable mental health care to local, low-income families — and currently helps about 2,000 Texoma residents. The funds raised at the Home and Garden Show go to sponsor the Center’s patients. Because of the money raised at the show, Hayward said, a patient may only have to pay $2 for a therapy session.


The Home and Garden Show continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $3. Children 12 and younger and seniors 65 and older get in free.