Do-it-yourself enthusiasts who relish working with their hands will find no shortage of inspiration at the Modesto Home Improvement Show this weekend.
Youll find everything related to your home, from the outside to the inside to the roof, said Aldo Montijo, with show producer Metro Expositions.
The Stockton company has mailed out 7,000 postcards good for two free admissions to the Modesto Centre Plaza event, which begins at noon today. The same offer is available through its website, www.metroexpositions.com, and its Facebook page. General admission without the offer is $3 per person.
Now in its 25th year, the event returns with 85 exhibitors, including contractors, designers, craftsmen, flooring specialists, landscape designers, architects and cabinetmakers.
Metro Expositions does not keep attendance figures for its shows, but Montijo said interest has been growing in the shows in the past year. The company puts on similar shows in Stockton and Lodi, and the Stanislaus County Home and Garden Show at Modesto Centre Plaza.
Surveys are showing a lot of people are really interested in fixing their homes, or people who have recently purchased a new home are looking to add to it, he said.
That home improvement is big business in the current economy is reflected in a forecast from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, which said remodelers continue to see an increase in business.
More bids are turning into remodeling projects and at a higher price point, said Tom OBrady in a July posting on the industry website.
American Lumber Co. President John Mensinger said this economic downturn has been the worst by far in his 25 or so years at the Ninth Street retailer, but he does see business picking up. Its up 10 percent this year, he said of the business founded in 1923.
In addition to vendors showcasing products, the show will include zombie face painting, spin art and a hands-on activity building a bird feeder sponsored by the city of Modesto Solid Waste Division. The show will include a Food Truck Wars competition, including six competitors The Spicy Grill, Southern Comfort Express, Wok N Roll, The Pizza Box, Mamas and the Tapas and the Saucy Girls that will be voted on by show attendees.