Winter weather abated to shine down on the WSAZ Home and Garden show in Huntington over the weekend.

The annual event filled the Big Sandy Superstore Arena with eager ticket holders from around the Tri-State looking for home improvement inspiration.

From inside the arena, to the front lobby, displays of equipment, landscaping and furniture were arranged throughout the show where patrons could roam freely and explore.

Kelly and Daina Wood from Ashland enjoyed looking at the landscaping displays.

“We took a bunch of pictures and picked up a bunch of pamphlets. We were looking at a grill with built-in block for an outdoor kitchen. She likes the water fountains,” he said, referring to Mrs. Wood.

In the lobby with the outdoor patio showcases, two women from Ironton also took time to admire a water fountain set in the middle of a landscaping display.

“How much for that?” Jo Heald said, laughing, before adding that she was looking for a particular indoor item.

“I’m really looking for a shower stall insert,” she said. “Like a spa. It’s like a shower, but it’s actually a 3-by-5 (feet) room with glass doors.”

Her friend, Merlene Koenig, was more interested in the gardening options.

“I like looking at the way they arrange the shrubbery and the flowers together,” Koenig said.

Joe Virgin from Greenup came to the show with a friend to look at ideas for a building he wants to erect outside his home.

He said he enjoyed exploring the patio set-ups and took a particular liking to one with a wood pagoda, waist-high stone walls, stone floors and a built-in fireplace.

“I really like this,” he said. “This is like something I could do myself.”

This was Virgin’s second year at the expose, but said he tries to come back to get landscaping and home improvement ideas when he can.

The lobby displays were arranged by Landscaping by Hillcrest, a feature many patrons said they enjoyed.

“They’re all just gorgeous. There were just a few last year, but this is great,” Heald said, referring to the amount of landscaping and patio displays in the lobby. “Hillcrest has got it covered.”

The WSAZ Home and Garden show was open Friday and Saturday and will continue from noon until 5 p.m. today.

LANA BELLAMY can be reached at or (606) 326-2653.

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