Everything, including kitchen sink, found at home and garden show
By Jane Hill
An estimated 12,000 people viewed items designed to make their homes more attractive and comfortable during the Tupelo Home and Garden Show at the Tupelo Furniture Market this weekend.
Organizers of the event said the eighth annual exhibit broke previous attendance records. More than 25 businesses selling everything from wallpaper to the kitchen sink were present to display and discuss their products with the public.
The Tupelo Home and Garden Show was sponsored by the Northeast Mississippi Builders Association and the Tupelo Furniture Market.
One feature of this year’s show was a 9,000-square-foot landscaped area showing off gazebos, flower beds, fountains and even a 6-foot replica of the Statue of Liberty.
Visitors could also shop for a wedding caterer, an organized closet, floor plans for a new home and a subdivision in which to build it.
Charles Speck, a technician for Total Service of Tupelo, said the show Sunday had been extremely busy since its opening.
Speck, whose company sells geothermal heating systems for the home, said interest both in his company’s product and the rest of the show was high.
“I’ve been talking ever since I got here at noon,” Speck said.
The exhibit hall also was the site of the Taste of Tupelo food fair in which visitors sampled food from 17 restaurants from all over the city.
Sue Howell, a member of the Tupelo Restaurant Association which sponsored the Taste of Tupelo, estimated that more than 7,000 people had participated in the fair which also included cooking demonstrations.
“This has been very well received this year,” Howell said. “Some of the restaurants were scrambling yesterday because we had so many people come that they ran out of food. This has generated a lot of good PR for the restaurants and the city.”
One booth getting a lot of attention was sponsored by Tub Magic of Shannon. The reason was a new product the company is selling called the Soft Tub, a bath tub made of heavy duty cushion and a durable vinyl coating, that is not slippery when wet and is resistant to scratches and damage.
Michael Mask, president of Tub Magic, said this weekend’s show was the first time his company had introduced the Soft Tub to the public. The product was developed in Canada and Mask’s company is the only dealership in this area.
Other attractions Sunday included the Little Miss Tupelo Honey contest, a bridal fair and a new attraction this year, a fashion show. Tupelo Furniture Market representative Debbie Griffin said all the fashion related events this year were very well received.
“I think the fashion show was a very successful addition,” Griffin said. “Overall this weekend we have done very well. Traffic Friday night was much heavier than we were expecting.”