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Home builders' set to show skills

(1/27) The Builders Association of Adams County (BACC) is preparing for its 26th annual home show. The show will open with an increased floor plan, providing plenty of room for exhibitors from across the region.

There will be a wide variety of contractors and services including area builders, remodeling and home repair services, landscaping, ale and heating, electronics, certified green specialists, and many other helpful services. Admission is $4 for ages 17 and up; 16 and under are free.

"It's an opportunity for local industry businesses to display and share their expertise, and, to display their new products and techniques," said former president and BAAC board member, Ross Brownley. The two-day event will be held at the All Stars Sports Complex, 2638 Emmitsburg Road on Friday, February 19 from 4-8pm and Saturday, February 20 from 10am-6pm.

The show will also feature a student design competition. Determined by attendees' votes will be the $100 "People's Choice" award of the show's Student Design Contest, featuring architectural plans. The main prizes will result from judging. Awards of $500 for first, $300 for second, and $200 for third are being provided by ACNB bank. Students from all of the county's school districts are eligible to enter.

The Builders Association of Adams County is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the building trades and education in the local community. To that end they have dedicated their efforts toward the students in the seven county school districts.

BAAC president Guy Ketterman said, "I feel the building industry trades are an important part of our kids' future, and I'm proud that we can be a part of the supporting efforts here in Adams County." Since the year of their first home show in 1980, all proceeds from the show go toward Student Activities.

Monies set aside in a Trust Fund are administrated by Adams County National Bank. They are loaned out interest-free, to students seeking higher education in a building related field. Since the Student Loan Program started, over 100 students have used the funds. Some have gone to trade schools, some to four-year colleges. All have pursued building related fields.

The BAAC also began a Student Scholarship Program. This program gives a $1,000 scholarship to one graduating senior from each of the seven county schools. The student must apply and attend a certified trade school studying carpentry, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, masonry, or drafting. "The foundation of our organization is our annual Home Show, it establishes a baseline for the remainder of the year," said Ketterman.

Applications for both programs are available through the schools and from the Builders Association of Adams County at 717-337-5144 or visit

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