Haliburton’s Home and Cottage show to bring people face-to-face with contractors

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Property owners looking for a capable contractor to handle their latest reno project, or an interior designer with a keen sense of style to assist with a home makeover, should block off their weekend and plan to attend the Haliburton Home and Cottage show, said organizer Dave Taylor. 

Running June 3-5, the show will be taking place at the Haliburton Curling Club and A.J. LaRue Arena. 

There will be more than 130 vendors featured over the course of the three days, with more than a dozen of those from the building and reno segment.

 “Because our contractors are so busy, I’ve had so many that usually attend the show tell me they can’t make it… But we do still have some good representation,” Taylor said. 

“We have some good, established companies and then some smaller ones too. There’s a nice mix there.” 

All of those in attendance are willing to discuss, provide quotes and possibly even take on projects, which should be music to the ears of local homeowners given how backed up many local contractors are this season. 

Many are already booking into 2023 and beyond. A.J. LaRue Arena will host Log & Wood Colour Restoration, Minden’s Country Contracting, and Cottage Revisited, a décor company that specializes in rustic designs. 

There will be a slew of contracting and home decor vendors on show at the curling club, with Emmerson Lumber, Northern HVAC, NZH Contracting Inc., Gliding Shelf Solutions, Brock Pascoe Construction and Landscape, Highland Technical, The Dock Spot, Wood Restorations, Leaf Filter Gutter Protection, Home Hardware and Bradstone Stonerox registered. 

Nortech Home Improvements, Floe Docks and Golden Lake Rustics will have stations outside in the parking lot. 

“People are desperately looking for professionals to do jobs, there’s no doubt about that… That’s one of the great things about hosting a home show like this, it brings our local people face-to-face with the businesses that can help them,” Taylor said. 

The Haliburton Home and Cottage Show has been a community staple since 1977. 

The event has typically drawn between 2,500 and 3,000 visitors in years past, though Taylor expects to blow that number out of the water this weekend given the recent influx of new residents to the Highlands. 

“We’re just excited to be putting on a show again… We strive to make sure this show has variety, that there’s lots of different things for people to check out and I think we’ve been successful in doing that again this year,” Taylor said. “Having something like this to look forward to again is really nice. 

Show hours are 4-9 p.m. June 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 4 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 5. Admission is $3 for adults, while kids can get in for free.