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Steve VanderWerf left talks with Bob Herm Crown Point during Porter County Home Lifestyle show Valparaiso Friday Mar. 8 2013.

Steve VanderWerf, left, talks with Bob Herm of Crown Point during Porter County Home and Lifestyle show in Valparaiso Friday Mar. 8, 2013. VanderWerf is the owner of Geothermal Stecialist of LaPorte. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media

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If you go

The Home and Lifestyle Show, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana, continues from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road, Valparaiso.

Admission is $5 for adults, and is free for those under 18. For more information, go to www.hbanwi.com.

Updated: April 10, 2013 6:10AM



VALPARAISO — Allison Guenther of Valparaiso clutched a bright pink yardstick and a bag full of freebies, including pens and brochures on painting and garden improvements.

She usually comes to the annual Home and Lifestyle Show, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana, with her husband and kids, but they were at work and school, respectively, so Friday, she went alone.

“I do get ideas for outside stuff and garden stuff, and inside things I’d like to do in the future — some big, some little,” she said while attending the show Friday, at the Porter County Expo Center. “It’s just something fun to do.”

This is the 35th year for the show, which has 125 vendors and continues throughout the weekend. This year’s show focuses on home improvement and remodeling, said Vicki Gadd, executive officer for the Builders Association, and could bring in as many as 5,000 people.

“The economy is picking up and people have been sitting in their homes looking at all these project they’ve wanted to do for years,” she said, adding the show is meant to inspire them. “They can begin making their plans now.”

The Small’s Gardening Center booth has been a staple of the show for more than 20 years, said Julie Small, owner of the business, located in LaPorte. The booth, floored with gardening pavers, featured birdbaths and whimsical garden accessories.

“We get good leads from the show,” she said. “You get yourself known out there, and we have gotten customers out of these shows that are repeat customers.”



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