Despite – or perhaps because of – the very poor weather over the weekend of April 30th/May 1st, the Mountain Area Home & Garden Show set a record attendance of 1,800 visitors at the Evergreen High School location.
The Rotary Clubs of Evergreen and Conifer, who manage the show, realized a record net income of $34,000 – a 26% increase over 2015. The clubs will now redistribute these funds amongst local area non-profits and other local charitable causes.
In addition to the funds raised, 488 pounds of food were donated by show attendees for the EChO food bank. "We were delighted with the response from the Home and Garden Show," said Lori Frease of EChO. "We collected almost 500 pounds of food for our food bank. This was particularly significant as April/May is usually a very lean time of year for donations and this really helped to re-stock our inventory. Thank-you Evergreen and Conifer Rotary Clubs!"
Nearly 300 show visitors took the time to complete a survey about the event.
- 60% bought something at the show (other than food)
- 42% said they intended to buy something from a vendor at the show within the next three months
- When asked how they rated the show, 65% rated it 5 out of a highest rating of 5, with a total of 94% rating the show either a 4 or 5.
A $500 sweepstakes prize was awarded in a drawing from the completed surveys at a post-event committee meeting on May 17th.
"We are absolutely delighted with the results of this year’s show and our Rotary clubs now look forward to reinvesting these record proceeds back into our mountain communities," said Lee Willis, the Chairman of the Home and Garden Show. He also noted that next year’s show will be held at the Conifer High School over the weekend of April 22nd/23rd in 2017.