A garage door was the subject of this discussion at the home show during March in Sanatoga.

POTTSTOWN PA – The annual home show of the Building Industries Exchange of Pottstown (PA) and Vicinity Inc. is expected to be bigger, grander, showier, and generally more attractive to merchants and consumers alike when it returns during February 2011, the organization said in a press release distributed Monday (Nov. 15, 2010).

It won’t, however, make that splash in Lower Pottsgrove Township, where the show has been held in recent years.

Instead, the BIE is moving its long-time event – re-christened as the Tri County Home and Garden Show – to Kimberton PA, outside Phoenixville. The show is scheduled for Feb. 11-13 (2011; Friday through Sunday) at the Kimberton Fire Company‘s exhibition hall, Covered Bridge Room, open pavilion, and fairgrounds on Firehouse Lane.

The BIE show has a long history as a much-anticipated break in the doldrums of winter. For many years it was held in Sanatoga’s Sunnybrook Ballroom; then moved to different venues on Pottstown’s west side when Sunnybrook closed; and then moved back to Sanatoga after the Sunnybrook Foundation renovated and re-opened the ballroom. Its 57th annual show closed there March 7 (2010) after a three-day run.

Although plans to move the show 13 miles southwest, and into another county (Chester), likely were not made lightly, the organization indicated its was a business decision. “The BIE is excited that the location provides the ability to enhance the type of businesses that will be showcased,” Director of Operations Eileen Gilbert said in the announcement. “The Covered Bridge Room will provide crafters and non-contractor-based businesses a place to showcase.”

In addition, she said, “while the exhibition hall will continue to provide contractors the opportunity to feature their products and services, we will also be having a variety of local food vendors, such as Dallas Fries and Palladino’s Smokin’ BBQ.”

All the trappings that have made the BIE show a comfortable and comforting experience for visitors in the past will remain, Gilbert assured. “The hometown event provides an informational, no pressure, all-under-one roof experience,” she noted.

As usual, it will feature contractors handling everything from home additions, to kitchen and bathroom remodeling, to heating and air conditioning, and landscaping. Also expected as exhibitors are service industries, including insurance, financial institutions and real estate brokerages; and a variety of retail businesses. The show’s theme changes annually, and is accompanied by appropriate entertainment and displays.

Upon its set-up in Kimberton the show will run Feb. 11 (Friday) from 2-9 p.m.; Feb. 12 (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Feb. 13 (Sunday) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The BIE, with offices at 801 N. Charlotte St., Pottstown, is a non-profit trade association serving the construction industry since 1952. In addition to its home show sponsorship, it possibly is best-known as a trusted local contractor referral organization.

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