Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

March 24, 2013

Great turnout for first Home, Hobby and Outdoors Show

VALDOSTA — Although heavy rainfall pounded Valdosta Saturday, it did not hold citizens back from making a trip to the James H. Rainwater Conference Center for the 2013 Home, Hobby and Outdoors Show, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of South Georgia.

Jill Pope Maine has been the executive director of the Home and Garden Show for 12 years, with the intention to grab the interests of home and garden connoisseurs from all over the Valdosta area. This year, Maine decided to switch things up a little bit.

“This is our first year as a Home, Hobby and Outdoors show,” Maine said. “It’s one of the biggest shows to date. Even with the weather, we are very pleased. It will be an annual tradition from here on out.”

This weekend, approximately 115 vendors participated in the first Home, Hobby and Outdoors Show. Every company imaginable came out, displaying everything from The Busy Bee’s Easter treats to LA’s homemade wreaths. The products were limitless.

Not only did the vendors enjoy seeing new faces but found it to be a great opportunity to get their names and products out to potential customers.

“We’ve been coming for about four or five years,” said Mike Dearmon, a representative for Dynamic ENT. “The feeling is great. People are really friendly. Our home base is out of Daytona Beach, Fla."

Among all of the vendors present, celebrity guests from the hit shows "Duck Dynasty," Justin Martin and John Godwin, as well as The Dreadknots from "Ax Men," Capt. Clint Roberts, Dave “The Kraken” Stone and Chris Miller, made special appearances. The men greeted their devoted Valdosta fans and posed for many photo opportunities that were desired.  

As the attendance increased and the lines grew longer and longer to see the members from "Duck Dynasty" and "Ax Men," It Works! Executive Samantha Murphy thanked the television stars for a lot of their customers.

“This is our first year. We've had a descent crowd,” Murphy said. “It’s been good. I think 'Duck Dynasty' helped the turnout.”

Murphy’s associate, It Works! Global Distributor Julie Chapman appreciates the new faces that strolled through their line.

“We’ve had a lot of people stop through, ask questions. We’ve gotten a lot of good feedback,” Chapman said.

Just like Murphy and Chapman, the Origami Owl’s owner, Amanda Spivey, was pleased to be a part of the first Home, Hobby and Outdoors Show.

“It’s our first year. We’ve had a good crowd come through, lots of different vendors,” Spivey said.

The Origami Owl is a home-based company that specializes in making custom gifts, such as lockets and charms for any special type of occasion.

“We do home and catalog shows. I sell lockets with different charms in them. You can make your own. I’ve been doing this about six months,” Spivey said.

As the show offered everything from do-it-yourself products to toy helicopters, one booth stood out pretty strongly, as customers were given the opportunity to hold a live baby alligator.

Donny “Gatorman” Bartow came to this year's Home, Hobby and Outdoors Show not only to promote his gator nuisance trapping business but to inform residents about his newest television show, set to air in the next couple of months.

“We are the only local licensed gator trappers,” Bartow said. “We cover six counties, Echols, Lanier, Brooks, Cook, Lowndes and Clinch.”

As Bartow introduces his “I hunt what you fear” campaign, he is always on the lookout for help.

“If anyone is interested in being involved with 'Gatorman,' they can e-mail me at We’re always looking for local sponsors, it benefits the local companies,” Bartow said.

As people made their rounds through the event, Peggy Anderson-Browning decided to cool down her customers with one of her delicious and guilt-free No-carbarita’s.

“It’s a no-carb, no-fat, no-calorie, no-sugar margarita mix,” Browning said. “I’ve been doing it for about eight years. It's a guilt-free margarita. We have lime, mango, orange-mango, pink-tini and mojito.”

As Easter inches closer, The Busy Bee owner Dorothy McLeod had an array of adorable Easter baskets, treats and custom hand-crafted pens on display at her booth.

“Had a big turnout, been a good experience,” McLeod said. “Just trying to get the name out there. Looks very promising.”

As the show winded down and the vendors greeted some of their final customers of the day, Home, Hobby and Outdoors staff member Sharron Gandy appreciated why she keeps returning to help Jill Pope Maine every year.

“It’s meeting the people that come through and the vendors,” Gandy said. “It’s just fun to meet all of these people.”

The Home, Hobby and Outdoors Show continues 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today, James H. Rainwater Conference Center. The same vendors will be present today, with the exception of "Duck Dynasty’s" Justin Martin and John Godwin, the "Ax Men" will still attend. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5. More information: Call (229) 247-8422.

Text Only
Local News
  • 140422-Dan_Keplinger003.jpg The Art of Determination

    Artist Dan Keplinger invests passion into his frenetic pieces. His line work teems with energy. An unexpected trait in the often technically precise medium of printmaking.

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • 140422-RibbonCutting.jpg Learning center named in Horne’s honor

    Noting his lengthy legacy in educating the region's young people, Valdosta City Schools officially renamed the Pinevale Learning Center Tuesday in honor of the late Maceo A. Horne Jr.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rose: Dismiss ‘Quitman 11’ case

    Following the second mistrial in the case of a Brooks County woman accused of voter fraud, a local civil rights leader has called for the issue to be dismissed, but prosecutors plan to seek prosecution for a third time.

    April 23, 2014

  • Lawsuit challenging Ga. gay marriage ban filed

    A gay rights group filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday challenging Georgia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.

    April 23, 2014

  • Commission denies City’s annexation request

    Lowndes County received an annexation request from the City of Hahira for five parcels of land that spanned approximately 66 acres, for the purpose of future development, and because the applicant sought city water and sewer.

    April 23, 2014

  • Confederate Memorial Day observed this weekend

    The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Valdosta Chapter 471, will observe Confederate Memorial Day, 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Sunset Hill Cemetery.

    April 23, 2014

  • connell book review.jpg Literary Guild hears Fannie Flagg’s latest

    “Reading for fun is great, but learning while reading is super,” Sandra Connell told the Literary Guild at the April meeting.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Performance index tops Lowndes school board meeting

    Lowndes County Board of Education celebrated the results of the College and Career Readiness Performance Index scores during its regular session Monday night.

    April 23, 2014

  • N1401P14008C.TIF Sheriff hosts Prescription Take-Back Day

    The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office will collect unused medications this Saturday as a part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140421 - flooding Shiloh Rd B#1.jpg Road re-opens following flooding

    Lowndes County officials re-opened one road Monday while keeping an eye on the area’s waterways for potential flooding.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

Top News

Given the amount of rain recently, what's your favorite “rain” song?

Singing in the Rain
Purple Rain
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
November Rain
Rainy Night in Georgia
     View Results