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The Home Show

Posted Sunday, February 17, 2008, at 8:21 AM

Since we're about ready to start renovation construction on the farm house, we decided to head west from Cambridge and see what the vendors had to offer at the McCook Home Show yesterday. We hadn't been to a home show in years, so we thought we might see some new and interesting products we were not aware of.

Our day didn't start off great. We didn't look at a map to see where the show was being held thinking we could figure out where the airport was, but we missed the sign for the airport and Airport Road and ended up turning around north of McCook. After asking directions, we had little trouble finding our target of the day.

A couple bucks apiece got us in the door and entered into the drawing for a gift certificate, and off we went. To make a long story short, we saw some interesting things, spoke to some of the vendors, looked at the fine craftsmanship of the high school wood and metal shop classes, and were headed out the door in about an hour.

I personally didn't see much I was interested in, but the concrete coatings booth caught my eye as a possible floor surface for our mud room, the York heating and air conditioning guys will be getting a call for an estimate for replacement of our heat pump, and the corn and pellet stoves and barbeque's were of interest as well. Margie liked looking at the craft section, the cooking demo, and the bathroom fixture display.

The McCook Home Show was worth the time and money. A trip through a big city Home Depot or Lowes store would yield more specific information about home renovation project ideas to me, but the cross section of vendors at the home show can not be touched by the big box stores. For example...you can't get information about a pole barn, corn stove, house foundation, and crafts...it's just not gonna happen at a single retail store

So thanks McCook and home show vendors for taking the time and effort to show your good stuff to us homeowners looking for ideas.

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