Exhibitors at the Home and Garden Show in Tulsa are expecting big things this weekend, given the current state of the economy.
"This is one of many barometers that we use to gauge the overall economy for residential construction and the housing industry as a whole," said the CEO of the Home Builder's Association of Greater Tulsa, Paul Kane.
He said Thursday was the highest attended first day in eight years, with about 3,000 people attending in only a four hour time period.
Kane said when the stock market is doing well and unemployment is low, people are more likely to invest in home and garden projects.
"We think this is all very encouraging for what's yet to come," said Kane.
One customer agreed.
"I have my investments, so when it's doing good, you naturally want to find something to spend it on," said Glen Crane.
An exhibitor told Channel 8 he expects this year to be better than the last several.
Organizers said the Home and Garden Show is the largest volunteer-run home show in the country. There are about 100 volunteers.
There are about 14,000 square feet of landscaping on display. The theme this year is "Find Your Oasis".
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