Home and Garden show provides economic boost for community


MASON CITY, Iowa — Spring may not have sprung outside yet, but inside the North Iowa Events Center, home and garden vendors from around the area are gathering.

That includes Midland Concrete, to show off the products they offer.

“We love to showcase our new products and of course get our name out there, let people know who we are (and) what we do,” Landscaping Specialist Tim Starr said. “So it’s a good place platform to do that.”

This weekend marks the 25th celebration of the North Iowa Home Improvement and Landscaping Show in Mason City. Vendors and consumers come in from all around to check out the event and inject money into the community.

“They’ll go to the movies, they’ll go to a restaurant, they’ll do some shopping around town,” show manager Marty Bunge said. “I mean I hear a lot of that, so that’s one thing it does do. It’s one more drawn to the Mason City area.”

Each year the show brings in anywhere from five to seven thousand people. Starr says though he thinks it may be a little less this year because so many people went to the Mason City Mohawk girls’ basketball game in Des Moines.

But Starr does say the shows boosts business for them, as they get people coming into the shop after seeing the exhibit.

“Every year we get several people that come in and say we stopped to see you at the home show booth,” Starr said. ”And they’re looking for ideas when they come in and see us.”

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