T-R’s Home and Garden Show draws hundreds

Spring was in the air outside and inside at the Times-Republican’s Home and Garden Show in the Marshall Town Center Saturday.

Inside the former Menards store, approximately 50 vendors were busy promoting goods and services from carpet cleaning to gardening expertise to home improvement to the hundreds of central Iowans who took advantage of the free-of-charge event.

There was something for everybody.

Donna Hanzelka, of Marshalltown, said she liked the show better inside the former Menards location than in the Marshall Town Center hallway, where it had been held in previous years.

“It is easier to get around in here,” she said.

Bailey Hood, 8, and Logan Hood, 9 of Dunbar had their minds on spring planting, as they were seen busily preparing violas to take home under the direction of Jane Engel, Times-Republican advertising representative.

The three were working diligently and didn’t care about dirty fingers at the children’s spring activity table sponsored by the Isle of Green.

Scott and Jacqueline Morrow, of Chainsaw & Lawnmower in Tama, were active in their booth as visitors inquired about the latest in Husqvarna lawn equipment.

“I sold my first chainsaw,” said a beaming Jacqueline during a break in the action.

Scott said the store has been pleased with the Husqvarna line, which manufacturers an extensive variety of lawn care equipment.

Wade Wolken of Gilman, owner of Triple EEE Insulators, which specializes in professional insulation services, was busy promoting his company’s free energy audit and other services.

“I’ve received a number of good leads so far,” he said.

Wolken said foam insulation has been a leading seller.

The business will insulate attics, side-walls and foundations.

Dan Burns, Financial Advisor for Edward Jones, and Jeri Splittgerber of Pampered Chef products were two Marshalltown-based businesses who took advantage of the show to promote their products and visit face-to-face.

“This has been a good show with lots of traffic and lots of people stopping,” said Splittgerber, who has sold Pampered Chef products for 13 years.

Splittgerber said she liked being her own boss.

“I can pick my times when I want to work and when I want to play,” she said, smiling.

Sandra Atchison of Toledo had stopped at Splittgerber’s booth.

“I’ve been to many of these shows and this is the best,” she said. “It is really nice and bright.”

Jacque Goodman of the Marshalltown Rotary club had sold 11 bags of Fair Trade coffee by late Saturday morning.

“It is good coffee and goes for a good cause,” she said.

When not visiting booths, attendees had a chance to watch business representatives demonstrate efficient removal of spills and spots to installation of concealed screws for decking.

Duane Petty, owner of Petty Vinyl, was demonstrating the screw installation while a large crowd of adults surrounded him and watched intently.

“We had a large crowd when we opened at 10 a.m. and it has held steady, since,” said show coordinator Desiree Tacconi early Saturday afternoon.

A $250 Fareway gift card and Heatsmart Heater from Stucky’s Vacuum Store valued at $250 were given away to lucky winners.