While a good chunk of Estherville was in Des Moines Friday night, it looked like there was also a pretty good chunk at the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce Farm and Home Show at the Regional Wellness Center in Estherville.
A lot of familiar vendors - and a number of new ones - introduced new products and offered all sorts of goodies ranging from free food samples to candy to pens and lots of goodwill.
There was a good representation of area building and plumbing, heating and air conditioning contractors, of course. There were also some businesses offering unique products.
Terry Lowry offered Scentsy products which include flameless candles, lotions, laundry items and body wash - all kid and pet friendly.
Matt Sewell at the Retrofoam booth showed visitors how spray-on expandable foam and nonexpandable foam can help cut heating bills up to half. Sewell said he can do a home in a day and that energy companies give rebates in addition to a government tax rebate.
The Emmet County Nature Center Foundation has a presence again this year, with the Farm and Home Show coming just weeks before the annual Emmet County Nature Center Foundation banquet March 23. Foundation members were selling tickets for an H&R 12 gauge shotgun, Bridges Bay weekend and 13-foot Nu Canoe complete with built-in cooler.
If you didn't get a chance to go to the show Friday, the show continues today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.
Alongside the Farm and Home Show, the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Legislative Town Meeting 10 a.m. this morning. Those attending will be Congressman Steve King, Representative Tedd Gassman and Senator Dennis Guth.