By Mary Heyl

It’s spring, which means time to start thinking about those home improvement projects! No matter what your plans include, the Greater Olean Home Show is an excellent starting point. Sponsored by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce (GOACC) and its 50 corporate sponsors, the show takes place at the William O. Smith Recreation Center at 551 East State Street across from Bradner’s Stadium. This year’s theme is #LOVEwhereYOUlive; celebrate your pride in where you live at this three-day event that will be held on April 7, 8, and 9.

From contracting services to landscaping, the Greater Olean Home Show is a great opportunity to research various home improvement projects and shop for services all under one roof.

Now in its 46th year, the show offers many different kinds of vendors who have exhibited their goods and services for several years, as well as some newcomers to the show. Attendees can look forward to a variety of area businesses that specialize in home upgrades, including bathroom remodeling, contracting services, garage doors and openers, home décor, water treatment, window installation, and more.  Randy’s Up The River will run the food concession, featuring sandwiches, hotdogs, salads, snacks and more.

Some of this year’s vendors include 84 Lumber, Maple Leaf Contracting, Pool Mart, Inc., RAINSOFT Water Treatment Company, as well as Owl Homes Group of Allegany and ERA Team VP Realty for those looking to build or buy a home.

Other vendors that show-goers will enjoy include Little Bee Oils, LulaRoe, Norwex, the Pfeiffer Nature Center, and the Whistle Stop Feed Shop.

In addition to a variety of area vendors, the home show also includes informative demonstrations for each day of the event. Demos include Gardening Techniques; Grow It, Cook It, Eat It; Siding for Your Home; Re-Purpose, Re- Paint, Re-sell Good Finds; Painting Techniques; Decorative Interior Tips; and Living with Essential Oils. In addition, the Cattaraugus County Health Department will be hosting their Water Tasting Test all day on Saturday.

New for 2017, three different local radio stations will be sponsoring special events during the show. WPIG FM is sponsoring the Garden Party Night on Friday, which includes a plant give-away for the first 100 customers, cooking with herbs class and a hands-on gardening workshop. On Saturday, WMXO FM is sponsoring the Saturday Wine/Brew Walk, when show-goers ages 21 and up are invited to have a taste of different beverages from New York State wineries and microbreweries including Four Mile Brewing Company. On Sunday, The Mountain is sponsoring the 30 Minute Raffles, when the Home Show gives away gift certificates from the vendors every 30 minutes!

Admission to the show is $4 for adults and $3 for students and seniors, and free on-site parking is available. Each day, the home show is open during different hours: Friday, April 7, from 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the Greater Olean Home Show, call (716)372-4433 or email