Hively Landscapes employees Jeff Barker, left, and Tim Glatfelter string lights on a littleleaf linden tree while creating a display for the Dover Township
Hively Landscapes employees Jeff Barker, left, and Tim Glatfelter string lights on a littleleaf linden tree while creating a display for the Dover Township company at the York Builders Association Home Show at the Toyota Arena Tuesday. (Bill Kalina photo)

Welcome to the York Builders Association's neighborhood.

Walk the Boulevard of Dreams lined with curbed planting areas, trees, holly shrubs, flowers, stone and stucco columns, and special lighting. Listen to the music - classical and instrumental.

"This is the place where people can start planning and dreaming about what they want for spring and the summer months," said Cathy Warner, the association's director of events. "Dream, plan, build, enjoy."

The products and expertise needed to make homeowners' dreams come true will be available at the York Builders Association's 46th annual Home Show this weekend, Warner said.

More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the show, which begins Thursday and ends Sunday at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Road in West Manchester Township.

The show features exhibits set up by 170 vendors from local door, window, kitchen, roofing, home renovation, heating and cooling and landscaping companies. About 70 percent of the vendors are part of the builders association, which has 518 members, Warner said.

With the theme, "Boulevard of Dreams," the builders' show also is designed to provide families activities they can do together, said Barry Strine, show committee chairman.

The show includes a petting zoo, face painting, a York County 4-H Club Tech Storm Robotics Club demonstration, a Lowe's Kids Workshop and a LEGO home building competition.

"The LEGO competition is very exciting and heavily attended," Strine said. "We've made special attempts this year to have a great show for the entire family."

The family-theme plan included developing a community atmosphere for show attendees, Strine said.

A major neighborhood-like landscaping display is being done by Hively Landscapes of Dover Township. Hively, started more than 40 years ago, has participated in several home shows.

However, this is the first time the company is doing a landscaping display for the show, said Jeff Bollinger, a Hively designer.

"We want to appeal to all the senses with color, the brightness of flowers, the sound system," he said. "We want to create excitement for spring, which is, hopefully, around the corner."

After receiving a request from the association to do the display, Hively started planning its design in December. Work on the display began Tuesday and is expected to be completed Wednesday, Bollinger said.

"This display, we're doing it for the association and for the community," he said. "We believe very strongly in community service."

Event schedule: ** 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Children's events on Saturday and Sunday include:

** Lowe's kid's workshop: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday

** 4-H petting zoo: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

** LEGO home building competition: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday

** York County 4-H Tech Storm Robotics Club presentation: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Home Show admission is $6 per day for adults ages 19 and up. Youth and children ages 18 and under can get in free with an adult. Admission is $1 less for people who bring nonperishable food items for the York County Food Bank.

Parking is free. For information about the show call 767-2444 or visit the association's website at

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