By KAITLYN NAPLES
After being buried in snow for days, residents are probably looking for ways to get rid of that cabin fever. This weekend, the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce is hosting an annual event that is a sure way to get out of the house and prepare for spring.
This weekend is the The 28th Annual Bristol Home & Business Show at Bristol Eastern High School, and is an outlet to discover new home improvement projects and businesses that are based right here in Bristol.
“We’re looking forward to a great weekend,” chamber President and CEO Michael Nicastro said. “It is a great way to find out about things to do once the weather gets better.”
The home and business show, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, brings in vendors from all areas of expertise such as home improvement, financial services, personal electronics, roofing and siding, interior design, health and wellness, and assorted consumer goods. Places like Bristol Hospital will be at the home show providing health screenings, and the Bristol Lion’s Club will be holding eye sight tests at its booth. An added bonus this year is the first ever craft fair at The 28th Annual Bristol Home & Business Show, which will bring in all kinds of talented craft vendors as well as entertainment and programs for children. There will be a disc jockey, a magician and a balloonist, cartoon characters and more, so while parents are checking out home improvement vendors or other craft vendors, children also will have activities geared towards them. Craft show vendors include, but aren’t limited to, wood crafts, purses, jewelry, scarves, paper crafts, photos, soaps, candles, pins, hair accessories, quilts, gourmet apples, buttons, sand art, fabric art, and more.
Home Depot once again will have a spot for children to build a project, and New York Giants Linebacker Spencer Paysinger is also scheduled to appear on Saturday, Feb. 23 from noon to 2 p.m., where he will greet fans and sign autographs at the Covanta Energy booth. Nicastro added that local museums, non-profits and other organizations will be present at the home show, which is a way for families to see what Bristol has to offer.
The home show is being put on by both the chamber and Comcast Xfinity, and was produced by Jenks Productions.
This is the first year the chamber is not holding the home and business show on Friday evening. Nicastro said the chamber decided to follow a more traditional schedule, like other home and business shows. He added that sometimes vendors aren’t able to completely set up before the show would begin on a Friday. This way, vendors will be ready to go Saturday morning.
The 28th Annual Bristol Home & Business Show will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Bristol Eastern High School, 632 King St., Bristol. Admission to the Bristol Home & Business Show is $6 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 to 11, and children under 5-years-old are free.
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By KAITLYN NAPLES