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Home Show vendors, visitors looking forward to warmer weather

Home Show vendors and visitors alike say they're looking forward to warmer weather. Home improvement professionals say this extreme winter affected business.

Thousands will pass through Hulman Center this weekend for the Home Show.

After such a rough winter everyone seems eager to tackle some outdoor projects.

"May be a little too wet to be in the yard yet, but perfect to get outside and get away from all that nasty weather we've had," says Dennis Meneely, chairman of the Home Show sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Terre Haute.

We found that people are springing free from their homes in search of home improvement inspiration.

We had that 72 degree day, [my wife] was out working in the garden. We're ready!" says Joe Gonzales.

He and his wife, Betty, are Texas natives who've been visiting family in Terre Haute this winter. They're not used to the cold and snow. "It was a culture shock for me. I keep saying, 'How do people live like this?'"

Home show vendors like Todd Newman say they're glad they don't have to live like this much longer.

"Doing exterior work like framing and siding, it slows that down. Concrete work is affected. We have quite a bit of concrete; we're still waiting on the ground to thaw since we had such a hard freeze this winter," says Newman who owns Newman Builders.

After such an extreme winter, warmer temperatures are heating up business.

"As we start seeing the warmer weather, we're getting a lot more inquiries about remodeling bathrooms, kitchens, new construction," says Newman.

Newman and other vendors will be at the Home Show which runs through Sunday. It's $3 to get in or two non-perishable food items. Donations go to Catholic Charities.

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