CASPER, Wyo. — The Ford Wyoming Center was filled with contractors and shoppers alike this weekend for the annual Home and Garden Show, hosted by the Central Wyoming Homebuilders Association.
“By the time it’s all said and done, we’ll definitely have over 10,000 who came this weekend,” event coordinator Ray Ebert said. “Attendance is up from last year, which is really great to see.”
Vendors of all sorts took part in the event, selling everything from furniture to plants to automotive equipment and more, while building, landscaping and other contractors also provided attendees with information.
“I’ve talked to a lot of [contractors] who’ve told me that they’ve got a year’s worth of work lined up, just from this weekend alone,” Ebert said. “That’s great. That’s what this is for.”
Local government officials also manned some booths at the event, including Natrona County Planner Kristie Turner.
“It’s been great, and I’ve had a lot of great conversations with the people of Natrona County,” Turner said. “People are really interested in the overall development and planning in the county. … People have asked about what they can do with their land, zoning changes and that sort of thing. People’s questions usually tend to be broader and not very specific.”
Ebert said this event has become an annual tradition in the Casper community and has been held in the Ford Wyoming Center each year for the last 35 years, though it existed at other venues such as the Natrona County Fairgrounds and Eastridge Mall prior to moving into the events center.
“This is all about the community,” he said. “That’s why we do this.”
Ebert added that next year, the Central Wyoming Homebuilders Association will look for volunteers to make sure things run smoothly, and said anyone looking to get involved can call the organization.
The event will stay open until 4 p.m. today.