The annual ENC Home & Holiday Gift Show will be bigger and better than ever when it opens this week for Friday and Saturday shows at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 S. Front St.
“We have vendors from the ENC selling homemade jams, pickles, wine and grown-up gummies,” said Julie Alley, show manager for sponsoring ENC Live Events. “Plus, on the way out you can enjoy a made-to-order candy apple. We have vendors from throughout the ENC, plus vendors traveling from as far as Virginia, Florida, Kansas, Ohio, and Texas to be a part of the annual New Bern event.”
The Home & Holiday Gift Show has been a New Bern tradition since 2011.
Show hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Admission is $3, or $2 with a canned food donation. Children under age 12 get in free.
Attendees can accomplish all their holiday shopping under one roof, with more than 90 vendors offering gift ideas, clothing and accessories, home décor, health and beauty products, home improvement and much more.
The record number of vendors far surpasses the 2016 total of 72.
The show will have activities for the children, demonstrations and Santa.
Plus, register for lots of prizes throughout the show.
Some of the regional vendors include English Ivy Children’s Boutique of New Bern; Hinnant Family Vineyards & Winery of Pine Level; Lady B’s Boutique of New Bern; Pet’s Personality Bed Mats of Arapahoe; Southside Farms — jams and jellies — of Chocowinity; Timila’s Classic Jewels — lighted glass boxes and jewelry of Kinston; Tangled Turtle — glass and jewelry — of New Bern.
Some unique cash and carry items include hovering soccer balls, wool insulted coolers, Purify Hair Tools and Magic Pens.
There are gift ideas — from garlic grinders to massage pillows and everything in between — along with home-crafted items from wreaths to garden art and ornaments to artwork.
Lots of personal items for the women will be available, such as clothing and accessories, as well as pampering products and hand-crafted jewelry.
Items for the rest of the family range from dog beds, toys and accessories for the four-legged friends, to clothing, books and toys for the children.
There is even a travel trailer barbecue tools for dad.
Home and decor gifts range from exotic cow hide rugs to designer pillows and sheets.
The first 300 guests each day will receive a Tote Bag, compliments of Down East Heating & Air Conditioning.
Thousands of dollars in giveaways will be handed out, including three $200 gift cards. Other winning gifts include a Bathroom Remodel, YETI giveaway and numerous gift baskets.
Upcoming ENC shows include the ENC Bridal & Special Event Expo on Jan. 21; the ENC Jacksonville Home & Garden Show on March 10 and 11; and the ENC New Bern Home & Garden Show on March 17 and 18.
The show is sponsored by ENC Live Events. Call 970-590-0383.
Charlie Hall can be reached at 252-635-5667 or 252-259-7585, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @CharlieHallNBSJ
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