2017 Kentville Home Show set for April 21-23


Published on March 20, 2017

Bigfoot Town and Screaming Goat Productions associate Terrence Dawson, Bigfoot Town creator Graig Brenton and cast members Sandy Buchan, Eric Visser, Gerry Doherty, Jaden Braniff and Judy Doherty mingled with the crowd at the 2016 Kentville Home Show.

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KENTVIILLE - Get ready for a prime one-stop shopping opportunity in the Annapolis Valley.

The annual Kentville Home Show will return to the Centennial Arena from April 21-23. The upcoming event, organized by the Town of Kentville, will celebrate businesses and entrepreneurs from throughout the Annapolis Valley.

“It’s an interactive opportunity for people in the community to talk to vendors and suppliers face to face in one building,” said Kevin Bennett, a facilities manager with the Town of Kentville.

“There’s a lot of networking.”

The show will feature a mix of new and returning vendors showcasing everything from heat pumps and home improvement services, to lawn and garden products.

“It’s a good kick off to the spring season for the downtown… you see a lot of activity around the downtown core for those three days,” said Bennett.

The home show is great for small businesses looking to gain some valuable exposure, he added.

“3,000, 4000 people in a weekend is a lot for some businesses that don’t have big advertising budgets. The exciting part is the interest in the small business community.”

The networking component has a lot to do with the event’s continued success since the first Kentville Home Show was held in 1982, Bennett said.

“People from the city come down and call it the social show.”

Every year one winner walks away from the home show with a grand prize that is made possible by donations from several local businesses. In 2016, Bennett said the prize was worth $7,500.

The 2017 Kentville Home Show will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22, and noon to 4 p.m. April 23. General admission is $3, seniors pay $2 at the door and people ages 12 and under can get in for free.