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MOUNT HOPE -- If you are looking for top quality hand-crafted products, the 2017 Amish Country Spring Home and Garden Show is the place to find everything you need under one roof.
From landscape designs to all the tools needed to do the job, you will find just what you are looking for at the three-day Mount Hope Exposition Center event on the grounds of Mount Hope Auction. The show kicks off Thursday, March 2, from 1-8 p.m. and runs Friday, March 3, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday, March 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jody Witzky of JW Promotions said the show has been sold out since September as far as vendors go for this year.
"We'll still have around 130 to 140 vendors this year, but we're hoping to expand next year," Witzky said.
Witzky said the Home and Garden Show draws even more people than the recently completed sportsman's show.
"I know we're going to have a really good turnout," he said. "We expect a big Amish turnout because we're right in the heart of Amish Country, but we get a lot of English as well.
"We feature the finest hand-crafted furniture in the state, so people come here looking for that kind of quality product," Witzky said. "We have some amazing landscapers there as well. It's a nice variety. No matter what people are looking for, they'll probably find it here."
Dan Schlabach of Little Cottage Co. has been a major sponsor of the Spring Home and Garden Show and said it is very worthwhile to his business.
"Especially with the show being this close now in Mount Hope," Schlabach said. "I'm looking forward to holding the show in Holmes County. It's a nice building and it will lead to bigger things down the road."
The Little Cottage Co. will have a wide variety of its products on display at the show.
"We show our play houses, specialty buildings such as chicken coops and then greenhouses, as well as storage barns," Schlabach said. "Over the last few years, we've started manufacturing our own polyfurniture out of recycled milk jugs."
The company will have do-it-yourself kits available as well as completed buildings.
Schlabach said this is a nice opportunity for customers to see what the Little Cottage Co. can do.
Conrad Neuenschwander, owner of Massillon Home Appliance, said the new location of the Spring Home and Garden Show had him somewhat concerned, but he believes it will benefit his business being in Holmes County.
"We got involved in the show when it first started over in Dalton, and we've been part of it ever since," Neuenschwander said. "It's farther away from us now in Mount Hope, but it's still in a market we cover pretty heavily. We're anxious to see how we do there."
Neuenschwander said he has done a lot of business with the Amish over the years and believes the new venue won't hurt business.
He said they display some of their top-of-the line items to let people see what is offered in the store's North Erie Street showroom.
"We're hoping when they do their remodel job, they'll think of us, or if something breaks, they'll think of us," Neuenschwander said. "We use this event more as an informational opportunity, to keep people informed that we're here."
Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.