ORBA Home Show slated Feb. 21, 22
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
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The Ocoee Region Builder’s Association 2014 Home Show will feature new categories of vendors, including interior designers, homeowner’s insurance companies and banks.

This year’s event will be held Feb. 21 and 22, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Peaches Searles, ORBA president, said the organization has wanted to include designers in the past, but this is the first year any have signed up.

The event will again be held at Bradley Square Mall, near the fountain.

“This is going to be one of our best years ever,” Searles said.

The seven-member ORBA events committee hopes to have at least 50 vendors at the event this year. Last year 35 vendors were featured.

“It’s for homeowners to come out whether they are fixin’ to build a home or if they are remodeling or redecorating. It’s a chance for them to come out and see what all the local vendors have to offer them for their home,” Searles said.

The ORBA president said she thinks this year’s show will be even better attended than last year because the mall remodeling is finished.

She said it’s exciting to watch the event “grow and change every year.”

“It seems like every year it gets bigger,” Searles said.

All vendors are from Bradley or surrounding counties.

Searles said for the first time this year two banks will have tables offering on-the-spot credit checks to see if individuals qualify for home loans.

Unlike some other area home shows, the ORBA show is free to the public.

Vendors will range from builders to windows to gutters.

Basically anything needed to build or renovate a home will be represented, according to Searles.

Several of the vendors return to the show year after year.

This year ORBA is using postcards as invitations to the event.

Vendors will also be donating items for giveaways at the ORBA booth. Searles said home show attendees need to stop by the ORBA table in order to register for the giveaways.

February is a good time for home shows because it gives homeowners ideas for what they can do with their house or garden in the spring.

The event committee first began planning for the event in December. Searles said individual members work on elements of the show throughout the year. She said the mall has been a good partner for the event.

The day before the two-day event the committee sets up the tables planning who will be where.

Vendor applications must be received by ORBA by Feb. 15.

This year Larry Hill Ford is helping sponsor the event.