Since 1952, one event has been bringing Arkansans the latest and greatest in home trends. That event is the Annual Home Show, hosted by the Home Builders Association of Greater Little Rock.
Now in its 68th edition, the Home Show brings a wide array of construction experts, remodelers and home building vendors under one roof for a weekend-long extravaganza. According to HBA-GLR executive officer Meredith Poland, there is nothing else like the Home Show in the Natural State.
“The Home Show is the largest, longest running event of its kind in the State of Arkansas. Each year, thousands of visitors enter the doors to connect with the experts with the home industry,” she says.
This year is shaping up to be the largest event the HBA-GLR has ever hosted. Having been named to the top role at HBA-GLR in mid-2019, this is Poland’s first time heading up the Home Show, but she has high expectations. She expects for approximately 4,000 people to pass through the doors.
“I have attended The Home Show as a regular visitor for many, many years. This will be my first year behind the scenes,” she says. “I am really looking forward to seeing the entire event come together, and am really excited to see our visitors faces when they connect with the right vendor to fill their needs – even those with needs they may not know they have yet.”
That’s the magic of the Home Show – the sheer number of resources available to those looking to build, renovate or redesign their homes. The Simmons Bank Arena will play host to dozens of experts who will be able to advise consumers on their projects or offer their services and products.
“Whether they are looking to connect with those specializing in remodeling or new construction, or those who specialize in design and decorating, the Home Show is where you will find all of those resources under one roof,” Poland says. “Not only will visitors meet professionals in the industry, they will also be able to gain resources for DIY projects, see the newest products and get inspired.”
One of the highlights of the event is the Ask the Expert booths. This feature allows consumers to have one-on-one time with builders and designers and pose their questions face-to-face.
Having an interactive experience is vital for Poland. This deepens the experience and results in a more memorable experience. “We want visitors to have an interactive, engaging experience. This year they will be able to participate in Home Show Bingo that could win them incredible new items for their home,” she says.
The Home Show will be held Feb. 15-16 at the Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.