NORFOLK – St. Patrick’s Day weekend kicked off the annual Norfolk Area Home and Garden Show put on by the Norfolk Area Home Builders Association.
The home show took place at the Chuck Pohlman Ag Complex in Norfolk Friday thru Sunday. The event has been going on for so long the committee cannot remember just how long it has actually been running.
A wide variety of vendors participated, offering assistance in whatever project someone was looking to get started.
Bob Collins from Collins Home Improvement has been coming to the home show since 1985. He mostly does exterior home improvements, but learned the trade from his father who was a home builder. Collins said that his father stressed the importance of integrity, saying ‘integrity is something you either have or don’t. It is not something you can buy or acquire.’ It’s a mantra that has carried through the business.
“We pass along that integrity in everything we do. We try and do the best for the customer. Whoever you find to do your project, look for integrity. Find someone with integrity who will do the job for you with your concerns in mind and the type of workmanship they give you, that will be important.”
Another unique fact about Collins Home Improvement is they have never advertised, other than coming to the home show.
“I have never put a sign on the yard or one on my truck, the only advertising I get is word of mouth.”
He isn’t the only business to rely on word of mouth.
Matt Lutt of Country Nursery is the same way.
“All the years we’ve been in business, we still meet new customers every year. Most of our work is word of mouth, but you always find new customers from a place like this.”
Organizers say about 126 vendors were at the show.
From landscaping to grill supplies and much more, the event had everything needed to make your next big project perfect.