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Upcoming home improvement show at Expo Center to meet spike in projects during pandemic

ROYAL PALM BEACH — Taking advantage of this prolonged stretch at home to make some changes to your surroundings? 



a group of people standing in front of a store: The Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds, seen here during an Antiques Festival in 2009, will play host to the Home Improvement and More Show on Oct. 23-25.


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The Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds, seen here during an Antiques Festival in 2009, will play host to the Home Improvement and More Show on Oct. 23-25.

You’re not alone, and the staff of the South Florida Fair wants to help.

The Home Improvement and More Show is Oct. 23-25 at the fairgrounds’ Expo Center, 9067 Southern Blvd. The event features more than 60 vendors across 35 categories related to home improvement, said Tim Pachis, corporate sales manager for the South Florida Fair.

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The show will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. Admission and parking are free. 

The expo comes as recent surveys show a spike in home improvement projects in the U.S. since the country essentially shut down in late March because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

A Porch.com study released in July found that nearly 80% of homeowners in the U.S. plan to launch a home improvement project in the next year.

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Most home shows since the pandemic were canceled, Pachis said, making the Home Improvement and More Show a rare standout.

While keeping an eye on the increase of demand for home improvement services and products, organizers have the coronavirus in mind for other reasons.

Attendees are required to wear masks, and social distancing is encouraged in the Expo Center, said Vicki Chouris, president and CEO of the South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County

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WilCo Celebrates $4.5M Expo Center Renovation

WILLAMSON COUNTY, TX — Officials are celebrating $4.5 million in new improvements to the Williamson County Expo Center that includes the addition of a 44,000-square-foot pavilion.

This new space will give the Williamson County Expo Center the ability to increase its capacity to host larger events such as multiple-day horse shows, cattle shows and sales, equipment trainings and conferences and fundraisers, county officials said in an advisory. The improvements were funded with voter-approved park bonds, officials reminded.

“The Expo Center with its new improvements is a tremendous asset to all of Central Texas and a true spectator destination for large events,” Precinct 4 Commissioner Russ Boles said in a prepared statement. “We want to thank the residents of Williamson County for their overwhelming support of this facility through our Park Bond program.”

The pavilion is a pre-engineered, metal building with a dirt floor that can be used in a variety of ways to host everything from livestock shows and cattle sales to RV shows, officials said. The pavilion has 200 horse stalls that can be assembled or taken down to open up the entire space for major events. It also has two sets of wash racks for livestock on both ends of the pavilion. In addition to the pavilion, the improvements include new restroom facilities and a concession stand that were added to the east side of the arena and will provide more options for visitors to large events.

“The new pavilion is a wonderful addition to what the Expo Center has to offer,” General Manager Clint Chitsey said in a prepared statement. “It increases our capacity to host larger events, as well as allows us to host multiple events at the same time. Operationally, it improves efficiencies by reducing staff time to set-up and tear-down stalls.”

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