Olympia Master Builders Produce Three Upcoming Home Show Events



Submitted by Olympia Master Builders


OMB BIG Home & Garden Show


The OMB BIG Home & Garden Show will be held at St. Martin’s University Marcus Pavilion on April 13 and 14.

Traditionally, the OMB BIG Home & Garden Show has been held in the fall.  However, many vendors have requested a spring show date, and the facility at Saint Martin’s University finally had an opening to move the event!  “This is a great time of year for a Home Show, and homeowners will be motivated to make changes and improvements to their home,” commented 2013 Home Show Chair, Ross Irwin of Cabinets by Trivonna. 

Some new elements will be at the show this year.  Event sponsor Rebuilding Together Thurston County is helping to bring Mark & Theresa from MyFixItUpLife to the show!  Mark & Theresa are a husband and wife duo who host a web radio show, a blog, and are frequent contributors to the DIY Network.  They will be giving presentations on “How to DIY Together:  How to happily work with your significant other on a DIY project without the headaches, hassles and heartache” on the Scott Homes Main Stage.  During the rest of the event, Mark & Theresa and team will be building a play structure in the lobby during the event.  The structure will be raffled off at the end of the event.  In addition, the tools used to create the structure will be auctioned off in a silent auction, with proceeds from the raffle and auction to benefit Rebuilding Together Thurston County. 

A complete speaker schedule, with the full line-up of speakers and topics can be found at www.omb.org

Bark-a-Tecture and Catscapes is back, building on the success of last year’s partnership with Concern for Animals.  Members and volunteers who want to show off their doghouse and cat tree building skills will have their creations on display at the event, where the public can vote (with their dollars) for their favorite.  Prior to the show, doghouses and cat trees will be on display at Westfield Capital Mall.  After the BIG Home & Garden Show, all creations will be donated to Concern for Animals and auctioned off to the highest bidder at a later date. 

Also returning this year is the Student Design/Build contest.  Local high school students have been given the opportunity to submit a set of plans and a scale model to be judged on predetermined criteria by a panel of industry experts.  Scholarship prizes are available, as well as the opportunity to interview for an internship with an OMB member.  Student designs and models will be on display at the show. 

Show hours are from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday, and 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sunday.  Cost is $5.00 per person, and kids 12 and under are free.  Saturday is Military Day: all active or retired military gets half-off the regular admission with a valid military ID.  Sunday is Senior Day: seniors get half-off the regular admission all day, compliments of Accessible Living Concepts.  There are also $2.00 off coupons available at vendor locations, or on the OMB website (www.omb.org).


Thank you to all the BIG Home & Garden Show sponsors: Olympia Overhead Doors, Rebuilding Together Thurston County, Accessible Living Concepts, Scott Homes, Sunrise Landscaping & Tree Removal, KAYO FM, KGY AM, and The Olympian



Lewis County Home & Remodel Show

The Lewis County Home & Remodel Show will be held on April 20 and 21 at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds in Chehalis.  This is a free show for attendees.  “Whether you are looking for a building contractor for your building or remodeling needs or for home furnishing, heating or roofing contractors or bankers and attorneys, we’ve got it at this year’s show,” commented Rick Borovec, Twin Star Credit Union and Chair of the 2013 Lewis County Home & Remodel Show. 


Show hours for the Lewis County Home & Remodel Show are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday. 


Thank you to the Lewis County Home & Remodel Show sponsors:  MDK Construction, Inc.; Twin Star Credit Union, Lexar Homes and The Chronicle.



Grays Harbor Home & Garden Show

The Grays Harbor Home & Garden Show, will be held on May 18 & 19 at the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds in Elma.  This is a free show for attendees.  This show is held in partnership with the WSU Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor County.  It has been a nice long-time draw for the community, as there is a full complement of vendors for all aspects of the home, inside and out.  A speaker schedule is currently being developed, and will feature vendors at the show and WSU Master Gardener volunteers, speaking about their particular area of expertise. 


Show hours for the Grays Harbor Home & Garden Show are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday. 


Thank you to the Grays Harbor Home & Garden Show sponsors:  House Brothers Construction and Jodesha Broadcasting.



Olympia Master Builders is a professional trade association representing nearly 600 member companies in Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Pacific and Mason Counties.  The primary goal of OMB is to provide affordable housing for all segments of society.  This is achieved by improving the construction industry and the business climate in which it operates. OMB members are committed to building strong communities, one home at a time.

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