From flooring to landscaping, gutters to appliances, residents used the Aiken Home Show to get all their questions answered about home improvement in one building.


Held at the USC Aiken Convocation Center, residents could check out all the latest home wares from Sears, WHAV Inc. Whole House Audio & Video, Cold Creek Nurseries and Prestige Appliance.


Almost 700 residents attended the event Friday, and the Aiken Home Show continues today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults and children ages 13 and older are $5. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free.


Heidi Brown, customer service representative for Countersync, said the company usually attends home shows in Augusta, but this was the first in Aiken.


“We like this kind of show because we can show people what we do, and they can come get information and then visit us later on in our showroom,” Brown said. “We work with solid surface countertops and showers. These aren't stone or marble tops; they are Corian countertops. Those are much easier to maintain and much easier to clean.”


Participants could win big prizes during the Home Show, as well. Fireside Grills put out a Big Joe Kamado Grill for those who entered to win, and participants could win a kitchen face-lift with new appliances from Prestige Applicants and installation from Affordable Marble and Granite. The Home Show also featured a giveaway of a home theater system and installation.


Resident Willie James Parks followed his wife Richard around the Home Show while she took down information from various companies.


“We've been married for 44 years, so I'm really just following her around, letting her look at stuff,” Parks said. “We need windows, so it is good we came. Everything is really nice here, and I wish we could just afford to buy everything. But it's nice that we can come to one place and all the stores are in one area.”


The first 25 attendees today will receive a full-size pumpkin from South Point Construction.


For more information, call 803-644-2377.


Maayan Schechter is the city beat reporter with Aiken Standard. An Atlanta native, she has a mass communications-journalism degree from the University of North Carolina Asheville.