Keith Moore, left, of Clovis participates in a speed drill contest at the 2006 Home and Garden Show on Saturday at the Clovis Civic Center. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks)
By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer
After a three-year layoff, the Home and Garden show returned to Clovis. The 2006 show was in a new facility — the Clovis Civic Center — and officials reported better than expected turnout.
“From 10 o’clock when we opened the doors, we’ve had a steady stream of folks,” said Todd Farrell, chairman of the Home Builders Association of Eastern New Mexico, the event’s sponsor. “I believe we’ll see about 2,500 paying customers through the first day, and (today) we’ll expect about the same.”
Farrell said the show is on pace to exceed his expected attendance.
“We’re getting it back up and letting people know that it’s out here again,” Farrell said. “This building is still a little small for our taste, but we’ve utilized every inch of the Civic Center and I think it’s a success.”
Randy Crowder, a member of the Home Builders Association board, said he gets all the feedback he needs by watching patrons as they leave.
“Everybody coming out was happy with the facility and happy with the show,” Crowder said. “That’s what we’re always looking for — were they happy? And it seems to be good.”
Walt Rencehausen of Clovis manned a booth for Klein Security and Safety Systems. He said his company is not well established yet, and the show is a good way to make connections.
“This is probably the hottest show in this neck of the woods,” Rencehausen said. “It’s a wonderful resource for us to come in and make some new acquaintances.”
Rencehausen said the show is like having 2,000 people walk by your storefront.
“It’s fantastic,” Rencehausen said. “Better than expected. It’s been really well attended, and people have been signing up for home security systems.”
Farrell said people are attracted to the show to make connections, both business and personal.
“It’s a social event,” Farrell said. “It’s the first big event of springtime. Everyone enjoys visiting and having a good time. Plus there are giveaways and door prizes — everybody likes door prizes.”
Terri Greenwalt of Clovis said she was at the show to check out the new civic center — and to try and win some free stuff.
“I like to see people. You get to see people you haven’t seen in a long time,” Greenwalt said. “I like to register for all the giveaways and see what they’ve got to offer.”