By Jerelyn Craden
The highly anticipated Haliburton Home and Cottage Show (HHCS) is back at the Haliburton Curling Club’s A.J. LaRue arena for a three-day run — Friday to Sunday, June 3 to 5 – after a two- year forced hiatus due to COVID. Started in 1977, today it is considered one of the best home and cottage shows in central Ontario.
“With over 130 vendors, many returning and several new this year, the show is sure to be exciting,” said Dave Taylor, HHCS Coordinator since 2017. “We have a whole bunch of new varieties of vendors that we’ve never had before.”
There will be 2,500 to 3,000 visitors, who will venture through the 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor everything-home-and-cottage heaven for a $3 admission (children are free).
“The return of the Haliburton Home Show is a tremendous revenue boost for the community,” Taylor said. “We have a lot of vendors who come up and need hotel/motel rooms to stay at during the run. They have meals in local restaurants. They gas-up in Haliburton. And, the visitors get a chance to see a varied number of vendors and businesses. Even our non-profit local groups including Places for People, Haliburton Rotary and Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation (among others) get a chance to inform visitors about who they are and what they do.”
New this year, RPM Marinas will display boats, ATVs, and some “new toys.” Other new vendors include: Power Forward Electric, a full-service electrical contractor specializing in generators and custom home/cottages; Redfern Enterprises, a leading provider of smart home and health products including back and foot massagers and infrared heaters; London Eco-metal, steel and aluminum roofing specialists; and, Deep Roots Adventure that provides skills and tools for individuals/groups to become capable and confident in the wild.
“They’re bringing a mechanical horse that they use as a teaching device,” Taylor said.
Nortech Home Improvements, specializing in windows, doors, and sunrooms will have an indoor and outdoor display.
“Curry Motors, who has been with us since 1977, will have cars on display. And, Riverview Furniture always brings a good selection,” Taylor said.
Home Hardware, Emmerson Lumber and a long list of other vendors will be back.
Always popular, Unidem, the largest demonstration company in Ontario will be onboard. “With their specialty pots and pans, plus various vibrating devices for the head, neck, and shoulders, they can definitely do cash sales at the show,” Taylor said.
Dyanna Dreams, also popular with visitors, returns this year.
“They’ve been with us for awhile and always bring great products that many people go home with – bed sheets, blankets, and pillows and more.”
For event food, the arena snack bar will be open.
“And the curling club lounge will serve up peameal on a bun, hotdogs, and all kinds of chili dogs and sausages, plus wine, beer and coolers,” Taylor said.
“The Haliburton Curling Club will be holding our own little contest for two high-quality Adirondack chairs,” he said.
Manufactured by Leisure Line of high-density polyethylene, the chairs have a 40-year warranty. In addition, several vendors will be holding draws.
“Of course, there’s our doggy daycare service which we will offer again at no charge,” Taylor said. This will enable visitors to enjoy some peace of mind as they browse the show knowing that their pets are being safely cared for in a protected area outside of the arena.
At present, there is no COVID mandate in place for the show. Mask wearing is up to the individual.
The show starts on Friday, June 3 and will be from 4 p.m. to 9pm. The next day on Saturday, June 4 it will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and then 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when it concludes on Sunday June 5. For more information, visit haliburtonhomeandcottageshow. com. For vendor information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.