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Home and Garden Show in Aiken celebrated by all involved

September 23, 2018

With the last day of the fall Aiken Standard Home and Garden Show wrapped up, the event was declared a success – both by vendors and the team behind the whole thing.

Kathleen Stevens, a self-described artist working through wood, said the seventh annual event was “a whole lot of fun.”

Stevens said the Home and Garden Show – held at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center and featuring dozens of vendors – was “really interesting” because it allowed businesses of all sizes to engage with the community and potential clients.

“It’s a personal thing,” Stevens said. “And that’s a good thing.”

Stevens’ booth was covered and stacked with reclaimed wood goodies, some decorated with the state’s famed palmettos and others lettered with catchy phrases and whimsical wisdom. All of it was homemade.

“I’ve always painted over the years,” Stevens said. “I love art.”

Rosie Hancock, whose booth stood just a few feet away, said she enjoyed herself, as well. This year’s fall Home and Garden Show was her first ever – she admitted she was a little nervous, too.

“This is a good thing to do,” Hancock said of the event, later adding that her handcrafted accoutrements and knickknacks were a big hit.

Rhonda Overbey, the Aiken Standard publisher, spent Saturday morning at the show. She said this year marked the largest yet.

“We’re expecting a big day,” Overbey said early Saturday. “We’re thrilled with all the support.”

Lisa Glass, an Aiken Standard marketing and special events coordinator, agreed.

“It’s fantastic,” she said.

The two-day event served as a hub for small business and CSRA shoppers and collectors. And each year, Glass said, it continues to grow and garner more and more attention.

“This is our biggest and best one yet,” she said.

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