Greg Thornton, left, of Hank's Carpets, listens to the ideas of Steve and Cheryl Justice at the 2019 Tri-State Home Show. / Staff photo by Tim Barber

Daniel Henson and his wife have attended the Tri-State Home Show for years. So when the couple launched their business, River Bins, in November, the first place they thought of to reach the community with word of their new company was the Home Show.

"The Home Show is going to be our official launch to the community. We love how fun and friendly it is. What better place to interact with the community and educate people on what our business is than the Home Show," says Henson, owner-operator of River Bins.

River Bins is an environmentally friendly, hassle-free way to keep your big, curbside trash bins clean. Henson's company comes to your home to clean those garbage bins using high-pressure, steaming hot water. River Bins catches all the water to haul off and dispose of in an environmentally friendly way and leaves the cleaned trash bin at your curbside.

If you go

› What: 54th Tri-State Home Show

› Where: Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St.

› When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 28-29; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, March 1

› Admission: $12 one day, $20 multiday pass, youth ages 16 and younger are free. Friday is Senior Day when ages 55 and older are $5.

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River Bins is one of nearly 250 vendors who will fill the exhibit hall with more than 500 booths in the 54th annual Tri-State Home Show at the Chattanooga Convention Center, which opens Friday, Feb. 28, continuing through Sunday, March 1. Of those exhibitors, an estimated 10% are new to the annual expo sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga and EPB Fiber Optics.

Anyone making a spring home improvement checklist, building a new home or just updating the one you're in can benefit from a trip to the Home Show. Vendors have your home covered from top (roofing) to bottom (foundation repair.) Visitors can see the latest design trends, new materials, get cost-cutting ideas and advice from experts all in one convenient location.

Many of the vendors will offer Home Show discounts or giveaway drawings. Be sure to sign up for these free incentives.

Brian Frantz will be another first-time exhibitor at the Home Show introducing Mountain View Barns to visitors. The Belvidere, Tennessee, company has dealers in Whitwell, Dunlap and Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, he says.

"We are a manufacturer or portable buildings, sheds, cabins and garages. But we are also a provider of what we will have at the Home Show: a gazebo. We don't manufacture the gazebos, but we sell those. We are wanting to test the market and see what the interest is in the buildings," says Frantz, who is in outside sales for the company that is almost 8 years old.

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Staff File Photo by Tim Barber / Visitors to the 2019 Tri-State Home Show walk a landscape display.

The Home Show is designed to be kid-friendly and philanthropic as well as DIY-friendly.

There will be free programs for children, balloon animals and face painting from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Popular costumed characters will also be on hand Saturday to meet visitors and pose for photo-ops.

A portion of every ticket will be donated to the local chapters of the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. Bring a canned good for donation to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and receive $1 off admission. (One discount per person, senior adult pricing can not be combined with any other discount.)

Find a complete list of Home Show vendors at:

Contact Susan Pierce at or 423-757-6284.


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