Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

March 26, 2013

First home and garden show deemed a success

By Wade Coggeshall
CNHI

DANVILLE — Not every organizer can use the word "fabulous" when describing the outcome of an inaugural event. Yet that's the word Becky Homko is using after her first Hendricks County Home and Garden Show.

The two-day event was March 22 to 23 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex here. It featured more than 85 vendors from across the state - and even the country - offering a variety of goods and services related to home improvement.

Homko estimates between 800 and 900 people attended over the two days. As a result, she raised just over $5,000 for Sheltering Wings, an emergency housing facility for women and children affected by domestic violence. All admission costs went to the shelter.

Homko says those numbers were close to her expectations for the inaugural event, based on the marketing research she and her husband conducted. They own Today's Business Services.

"We were looking pretty close to that," Homko said of the show's outcome. "It hit our target range."

Participating vendors also seemed pleased, she said.

"I already have more than half who've said they'll be back next year," Homko said. "Same with the sponsors."

She also got feedback and suggestions from attendees.

"We'll continue to try to implement them for the upcoming year," Homko said.

She plans to have the home and garden show at the same time next year at the fairgrounds. Those interested in participating may contact organizers online at HendricksHomeShow.com.

Even though it's been a cold and snowy spring so far, Homko thinks the weather actually helped the home show.

"Everybody likes to get out before a big snowstorm," she said.