Businesses gather for Home and Garden Show
by John DeFoor
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Billy Fleetwood with Fleetwood Security and Electronic Services talks with Martha Laminack about the advantages of a whole-house generator.
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Around 70 businesses gathered together Saturday at the Cartersville Clarence Brown Conference Center for the 2012 Northwest Georgia Home and Garden Show.

The event -- hosted by Rome Radio Partners, LLC -- showcased a variety of local and northwest Georgia home improvement companies.

"We have everything from heating and air conditioning companies to landscape companies, redecoration companies, home construction companies, plumbing, roofing, maintenance, and some great automobiles that are on site as well," said Randy Quick, the general manager of Rome Radio Partners, LLC. "I think [the showcase] brings to Bartow County a tremendous aspect of a lot of people who are traveling from a multitude of counties coming into this area and seeing some of the amenities that are available here."

Among the guests at the show was Cartersville resident Anne Coultas. "I used to do landscaping, but I just enjoy being outdoors and I'm impressed at all the businesses here at the show. Some are local businesses that I wasn't aware were even here. It's been a good way to introduce the small businesses to the community."

While many of the guests were local, some like Martha Laminack came from out of state.

Laminack lives in Muscadine, Ala. and heard about the event over the radio. "I love to garden anyway so that caught my interest."

While presenting their various products, businesses also gave visitors opportunities to win various prizes, from a spinning prize wheel to multiple drawings. Prizes varied from t-shirts to a chance to win a green Mercedes Benz Smart Car.

"The exhibitors have gone to great, great detail in bringing to this show what they do," Quick said. "It's really amazing. We've got stone fireplaces out there, we actually have water running off of a roof into a gutter system. They're extremely creative. I think this year's show is probably one of the most eye-catching shows I've ever seen."

David Cowart, the owner of Real Cut Stone of Powder Springs brought a fireplace and a fire pit to the showcase.

"I'd like to tell you it takes us a day [to set up] but we've done these about six years now and we've got this down to an art," he said.

Real Cut Stone attended the showcase last year. "We had some people that we did some work for and sold some materials," Cowart said. "If we can justify paying for the price of the booth and the cost of having people here and setting this up, it gets our name out there.

"We've had a few people that have come through today that saw us last year," Cowart said. "One guy -- I remembered him from last year -- said that he lost our card. So that was good that we were back; that's another reason for you to come back cause you get a lot of the same people ... I'm sure we'll be back next year."

Cal-Mar Fencing LLC, of Adairsville also attended the event.

According to company vice president Clint Woodall, Cal-Mar's presence at the event is important for "keeping our name local here in Cartersville and trying to stay present in the community. It's just a community involved in business. We're not just in Adairsville, we can come down here. We service this area as well."

"I think that the tremendous amenities that are offered by the Clarence Brown Center as well as the great access on I-75 was the perfect combination of elements to bring this into a really, really dynamic event," Quick said. "This is our second year -- all of our venders have expressed extreme satisfaction with the quality of the customers that have come through and the leads that are gained in being part of this show.[The companies are] getting a double-impact marketing campaign from the on-air that is offered through our group [Rome Radio Partners] and also the opportunity to participate in a very successful show.

"I really don't know the number [of attendance]," Quick said, "I know that the parking lot is full. I know that it has been a great flow and I've seen activity in all of our vender spaces right now. It seems like there is a lot of engagement with the people coming in, which is what everyone is looking for."

"By far this has been the best Saturday turnout I've seen," said Woodall.

The event will continue today at the Clarence Brown Conference Center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

"I picked up business cards for contacts later and made some contacts for services in the future," Coultas said. "It's just been a good experience."