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Home shows and expos excite spring fantasies

Posted 10 March 2015 12:00 AM by Cindy Earehart Rinker

The snow is melting, the birds are returning and folks are beginning to think about spring in a factual way, rather than just a hopeful way.

Bags of mulch are appearing at stores. Displays of paint cans and tools for home improvement are popping up like the mushrooms after a soaking summer rain. Furniture sales. Mattress sales. Car sales. It’s spring! Get out your wallet.

Shentel is participating in two great events this weekend where you can really scratch your itch to beautify your house and yard and maybe even save some money.

If you live near Summersville, WV, the Greater Mountain Lakes Area Home and Garden Show takes place on Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15, at the Summersville Arena. Doors open at 10 a.m. each day.

Dozens of exhibitors will be on hand to talk with visitors about various products and services such as tractors, storage, real estate, landscaping, décor, education, tools and more. The Shentel booth will feature interactive displays of Internet, phone and digital TV services. On Friday night, before the show opens, Shentel will be hosting the Summersville Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours gathering in the arena.

Admission is $4 for adults 18 and up. Senior citizens get in for $3. All children 17 and under are permitted in free of charge.

In Christiansburg, VA, Shentel is partnering with the New River Valley Home Builders Association’s Home Expo 2015 March 13-15 at the Christiansburg Recreation Center. Hours are 4-8 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $5 for adults; children 18 and under are free.

In addition to vendors and displays, the expo will feature a series of “How to” classes on topics ranging from beekeeping to how to run your home on solar power. For more information on the classes available, go to

Shentel is providing wireless Internet service at both events for all of the vendors to use, as it has done for the past several years.

 “We are excited to be participating in these events again,” said Angela Washington, marketing manager. “We encourage folks to drop by and take a look at our quality HD cable service and learn about our various service bundles.”

Cindy Earehart Rinker is a marketing supervisor at Shentel and has been protecting her prematurely risen tulips for the past three weeks.