Winter still has a hold on Wyoming in the spring, but that doesn’t mean you should stay inside and put off that home improvement project for later.

If you’re planning on building, renovating, or remodeling this year, the Northeast Wyoming Contractor’s Association (NEWCA) Home Show is the place to be in March. For the past 26 years, the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce has hosted builders, landscapers, flooring professionals, heating-and-cooling experts and more than 100 other specialists at CAM-PLEX.

It’s an annual event that brings visitors from all over Wyoming, and from out of state. There’s a little bit of everything for anyone looking to change their home or start a larger project. Despite being free to attend, the Home Show is also a fundraiser.

“There are other home shows around this time of year, but ours directly benefits the skilled trades,” said Tracy Mathews, NEWCA liaison. “A portion of our vendor booth sales goes to local SkillsUSA students, and our silent auction supports the NEWCA Scholarship, which sends students working towards a degree in career and technical education to college.”

This year, the space inside the Wyoming Center is being re-imagined to better feature exhibitors. One of the newest Chamber of Commerce members, Jack’s Truck and Equipment, joined the Chamber after seeing the benefits of participating in the event. Other local businesses, like Knecht Home Center help sponsor the show.

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“We’re a local, employee-owned company that wants to be involved in the community,” she said. “We’re friendly people that know a lot about the building industry, which creates that hometown feel when people walk in the store. So, it’s important to be a part of our local Home Show.”

Knecht usually starts putting together their display months in advance, and this year is no exception. They’re planning on a “design center” theme to showcase how they can help someone redesign any aspect of their house.

“Everything from flooring to paint color to tiling, we order ahead of time to have at the show,” Branch Manager Liz Mussell said.

Exhibitors vote on each other’s displays, judging based on first impression, how informative it is, its uniqueness, and the friendliness of the booth’s staff, just to name a few. The winning 2018 booth was from Sheridan photographer Tim Doolin, who will be returning this year.

“Even if you’ve been before, you should come check it out this year,” Mussell said. “There’s always something new to see.”

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