By Eva Potter

The annual Greater Olean Area Home & Garden Show is just around the corner, which means it’s time to take an inventory of projects to tackle during the warm weather months. And there’s no better place to get ideas than to check out the Home & Garden Show and chat with vendors.

This year’s event takes place April 12–14, 2013, at the William O. Smith Recreation Center at 551 E. State St. in Olean, N.Y., and is presented by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce and its 48 corporate sponsors.

This year’s theme, “Where Inspiration Becomes Reality,” punctuated by a lime-green and yellow color scheme, will infect you with creative ideas for new projects while vendors on hand will help you bring them to life.

Close to 80 of the area’s leading businesses will be there, creating a unique opportunity for one-stop shopping and to compare a wide variety of home- and garden-related products and services. Get on-the-spot expert advice for home improvement and repair, new construction, design, gardening and more. From floor to ceiling, the Greater Olean Area Home & Garden Show offers experts and ideas to create your ultimate living environment.

Shop for windows, garage doors, appliances and electronics, patio furniture, spas and pools, tractors, alternative energy, sustainable landscape design, home improvement products, real estate, financial services, gourmet foods and so much more.

This year’s outside exhibitors are Sisson’s Chainsaws & Stoves, Lamb & Webster, and Allegany Renewable Technologies. New this year, Owl Homes of Allegany will feature a fully constructed, 1,493-square-foot Eisenhower home featuring an open floor plan, gorgeous hickory cabinetry, three bedrooms and master bath with garden-style tub. For those craving convenience and quality, it’s move-in ready.

On Saturday, from 11 a.m.–2p.m., Home Depot will be sponsoring a Kids Workshop in the lobby area. Also, on Saturday, from noon–4 p.m., the Cattaraugus County Health Department will be hosting the annual water taste-testing contest, where you can sample and vote for the best tasting municipal water in Cattaraugus County.

Nancy Morgan of GOACC said, “There a very limited number of booth spaces left, but we anticipate selling out.” Interested vendors should call GOACC at (716) 372-4433.

This year’s prizes from the Times Herald/Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Home Depot of Olean, are: Grand Prize – Barnsley 5-piece outdoor dining set (retail value $399), Second Prize – Arrow gazebo (retail value $199), Third Prize – outdoor fireplace (retail value $159), and Fourth Prize – 22” charcoal grill (retail value $79.88).

Admission to the show is $3 for adults and $2 for students and seniors. Show hours are 5–9 p.m. on April 12, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on April 13, and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on April 14. Parking on-site is free.

The food concession will be provided by Randy’s Up the River and will include sandwiches, hot dogs, snacks, salads and more.

For more information on the Olean Home Show, please call Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at (716) 372-4433, visit or email

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