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North Atlanta Home Show draws large crowds

Gloria Brown and Carole Johnson, far left, talk with Paul Sports and Barry Adams of Peachtree Awnings in Norcross on Saturday at the 17th annual North Atlanta Home Show at the Gwinnett Center. (Staff Photo: Keith Farner)

Gloria Brown and Carole Johnson, far left, talk with Paul Sports and Barry Adams of Peachtree Awnings in Norcross on Saturday at the 17th annual North Atlanta Home Show at the Gwinnett Center. (Staff Photo: Keith Farner)

DULUTH — Cabin fever and an improving economy were a perfect storm on Saturday to draw large crowds to the Gwinnett Center for the 17th annual North Atlanta Home Show.

“People have been cooped up for so long, and business conditions are improving,” said Barry Adams of Peachtree Awnings in Norcross, one of 152 exhibitors at the event. “People are more optimistic about purchasing.”

The three-day event which concludes today features speakers, door prizes, live radio broadcasts and buyer discounts. The show is open from noon to 5 p.m. today. It includes the latest products and services for home remodeling, interior decorating, landscaping and outdoor living.

“We don’t have final numbers yet, but we could be looking at a record-breaking crowd,” said Katey Oelkers, the director of sales and marketing for SEMCO Productions Inc., which organized the show. “It’s exceeded expectations. The weather is gorgeous, so we were a little nervous that people would be in their backyards and doing the things they want to, to improve their home.”

The exhibitors have also said that many attendees have brought pictures or design plans for their home and asked for detailed estimates.