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The Exchange Club of Hanover is set for the 64th Annual Builder’s Home and Garden Show. The event, which brings the community together with local contractors, will take place March 10 through 12 at North Hanover Mall.

“We’ve been putting on the show for years,” said George Hubbard, a member of the exchange club and Mid-Atlantic district president. “It’s grown to where it is an event people look forward to every year.”

The show will benefit local philanthropic projects, including the Exchange Club of Hanover’s scholarship fund, which provides 12 students from local high schools with $1,000 scholarships. The rest of the funds will go toward projects in the community and efforts to prevent child abuse, like the YWCA Safe Home Program, the Children’s Advocacy Center and Survivors, Inc., among others.

The club raised $30,000 in 2015, said Hubbard, and he hopes they will reach that goal again this year.

More than 100 vendors will attend the event, giving them the opportunity to help their businesses while members of the community can learn about local contractors. Hubbard said the event is being held at the perfect time of year as people are getting prepared for spring and starting to think about remodeling and home projects.

“It gets the public together with contractors to see what the contractors have to offer,” he said.

Local vendors still have the opportunity to buy a space at the show and can contact the Exchange Club of Hanover if interested.

The show will also feature a baby photo contest, sponsored by Structure Perfect, which allows parents to send in photographs of children younger than 3 years old to potentially win a Babies “R” Us gift card. The photos sent in will be displayed on Saturday as visitors vote with their wallets, one cent equalling one vote. The three top-placing babies will earn gift cards of $200, $100 and $50, respectively.

“When it comes time to announce the winner for the baby picture contest, you have 20 or 30 families or so with the kids waiting to see who the winner is,” said Hubbard. “It draws a lot of attention. There’s a lot of cute babies.”

The contest, which raises money specifically for child abuse prevention programs, earned over over $2,000 last year, according to Hubbard.

Hubbard described the home and garden show as a social event as much as a business venture, with many members of the community coming out to reconnect with old friends.

“By coming out, [people] help themselves,” said Hubbard. “If they have home projects, they can meet the contractor, and it helps us make money to do good things in the community.”

If you go

What: 64th Annual Builder’s Home & Garden Show

When: 3 to 9 p.m. March 10 and 11, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 12

Where: North Hanover Mall

Cost: Free

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