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Shelbyville Home Expo is July 12

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By Walt Reichert

Despite the doom and gloom about gas prices and the economy in general, it's a good time to buy a home.

That's the message to visitors of Shelbyville's first Home Expo planned for Saturday, July 12 in Floral Hall at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The expo is free and participants will be eligible for giveaways, including a big screen TV and free closing costs.

Realtors, insurance companies, landscapers, financial firms, builders, home furnishings and home repair businesses are among the 28 companies (see box) expected to set up booths at the expo.

Citizens Union Bank is hosting the event. Nathan Poole, the bank's assistant vice president of mortgage lending, said the home expo will have a local flavor.

"We're going to show off the good companies involved in the housing market in Shelbyville," Poole said. "Whether people are building or buying or remodeling a house, they don't have to leave Shelby County to get great service. The general public may not realize that some of these businesses exist."

Besides CUB, platinum sponsors of the expo are Kentucky Housing Corporation and HJW Career and Financial Literacy Institute.

Poole said the "time is right" for a home expo in Shelby County.

"The market's a little slow, but no matter what the media says, it's a great time to buy a house now," Poole said.

Participants in the first Shelbyville Home Expo:

Citizens Union Bank

Kentucky Housing Corporation

Coldwell Banker Larry K. Rogers Realty

Bluegrass Farm and Lawn

Graybeal Air Systems

Tracy's Home Furnishings

Shelby Wireless

Kentucky Farm Bureau

Surroundings/SMART

Able Plumbing and Electric

Electric City

Torrey Smith Realty

W. J. Andriots

Biagi's

Thompson and Nash

H. Barry Smith Realtors and Auctioneers

Re/Max Performance Realty

ProBuild

Shelby Supply

Sanctuary Homes

Moore's Equipment

Redding Construction

Shield Security Systems

Ferrell's Air Conditioning-Heating-Plumbing

Showcase Borders

Blitz Builders

Chandler Concrete

Saddlebred Capital Construction