WILLIAMSPORT - With the economy showing signs of improving, there's reason to believe people will turn out in strong numbers for this week's West Branch Susquehanna Builders Association Home Show at Lycoming College's Recreation Center.
The three-day event is a chance for people to check out the offerings of businesses selling various home construction and service products.
"Hopefully, the consumer who comes in will be anxious to do more work or remodeling because of the economy picking up," said Marion Nyman, who serves as co-executive officer of the event along with her husband Walt.
More than 160 vendors are expected for the show, which runs Friday through Sunday.
Nyman said the show has been sold out for vendors the past couple years.
It was decided this year to add a few booths and to cut back the show from four days to three.
Last year the show opened on a Thursday.
"We will open up two hours earlier than normal Friday," she said.
Hours will be 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
A ribbon cutting is set for 2:30 p.m. Friday.
With banks offering interests rates at or below 4 percent, Nyman said more people than usual might turn out looking to build homes.
Some banks will be represented at the show, along with businesses offering services such as architecture, remodeling, heating and air conditioning, alternative energy, furnaces, woodstoves, appliances and carpeting.
"People should attend even if they don't have a project in mind," Nyman said. "You might get something in mind for next year."
The show will be held during Lycoming College's spring break, which should open up plenty of parking for patrons.
Everyone who attends the show can enter a drawing.
"They can win $500 to spend with any vendor at the show," she said.
Admission is $4.
Patrons who bring in a canned food item can receive a $1 discount.