ROYAL PALM BEACH – Do you use this longer stretch at home to make changes to your surroundings?
You are not alone and the South Florida Fair staff is ready to help.
The Home Improvement and More Show will take place October 23-25 at the Exhibition Center’s Expo Center, 9067 Southern Blvd. instead of. More than 60 vendors from 35 home improvement categories will be attending the event, said Tim Pachis, South Florida Fair’s corporate sales manager.
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The show is open Friday, October 23rd and Saturday, October 24th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry and parking are free.
The show comes as recent polls show a surge in home improvement projects in the U.S. as the country essentially closed in late March due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
A Porch.com study published in July found that nearly 80% of homeowners in the US plan to start a home improvement project in the next year.
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Most of the home shows since the pandemic have been canceled, Pachis said, making the home improvement and multi-show a rare highlight.
While the demand for home improvement services and products is being watched, organizers are thinking of the coronavirus for other reasons.
Attendees are required to wear masks and social distancing is encouraged at the Expo Center, said Vicki Chouris, president and CEO of the South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Expositions.
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The aisles are wider and the vendors farther apart, she said.
“We didn’t use the building to full capacity as we really wanted,” said Chouris.
There will be hand sanitizing stations throughout the Expo Center, as well as the usual soap and water in the toilets, she added.
“We encourage people to just be smart and safe,” said Chouris.
This is the first time the show staff are producing a home improvement show, she said.
Last month’s shift to Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan hasn’t changed the actions organizers are taking at the Expo Center, Chouris said.
This isn’t the first indoor event since March, and the events that have taken place have been successful in terms of safety and customer service, she said.
Very few people who have come to events have refused to wear masks, Chouris said.
“We’re just telling them it’s for everyone’s safety right now,” she said.
Story on the rocks
Coming in November: History on the Rocks’ second event at Yesteryear Village on the South Florida Fairgrounds.
The event, Friday, November 13th, 6pm to 10pm, will provide food and drink samples for guests as they explore the village’s historic buildings.
Adult food and drinks are made by local chefs using locally brewed beers, Florida wines and cocktails, Chouris said.
There will also be a non-alcoholic selection, including lemonade, tea and ice cream, served in the historic Loxahatchee Groves schoolhouse, she said.
In addition to food and drink, there is entertainment in the form of dueling pianos, fire pits for roasting marshmallows, and a silent auction to benefit the South Florida Fair Scholarship Fund.
VIP tables seat eight for $ 480 and include early entry, early sampling, and a VIP badge. General admission is $ 50 upfront and $ 60 at the gate. Certain drivers pay $ 15 upfront and $ 20 at the gate.
For more information or tickets, visit www.southfloridafair.com.
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