Pilot story and photos
by Bill Schlichting
This year's Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative Home Show offered something for all ages, whether it was children receiving gifts from mascots or adults learning about homeowners insurance.
According to Lori Botnen, consumer services secretary for the cooperative, there were 3,204 people who visited the weekend event. The number of visitors is about average. About 3,300 visited the show last year.
The event had 65 booths inside Brookings-Harbor High School's gym, cafeteria and hallway in front of the gym. In addition, a tent was erected in the parking lot.
Tables set up in the hallway were new this year, Botnen said. These held homemade products from the community, such as jams and jellies, barbecue sauce and other items.
Food samples from the hallway tables weren't the only forms of sustenance offered. Melody Gossard, who manages the high school kitchen, had burgers and other edibles for people who gained an appetite walking among the booths.
"Melody Gossard did an outstanding job serving food," Botnen said.
Gossard, who also coaches the school's Bear Delights dance team, had help from the girls, including her daughter, Tiffiny Gossard, a BHHS graduate, and Crissy Cooper, a senior. The two girls have agreed to be assistant coaches starting in September. Lindsey Davis, who has been selected team captain for next year, also helped.
Mascots roaming the show and the Curry General Hospital Health Carnival next door at Azalea Middle School greeted children and offered handouts.
Characters included Grimace from McDonald's, Good Neighbear from Daryn Farmer's State Farm agency, Eddie Eagle and McGruff the Crime Dog from Brookings Police Department and Captain Beware from Harris Beach State Park.
For the adults, some booths offered games of chance, such as spinning a wheel for a prize. Other booths gave gifts along with literature about their products and services.
Attendees were given the opportunity to see demonstrations of products and services through workshops. Classes included talks about soil care by Whitney Farms, diet cuisine by Chef Michael Gomez, tarantulas and carnivorous plants and a gardening course by Lazy Diamond Nursery, energy saving lights and appliances by EnergyStar, wreath making by Flora Pacifica and insulated windows by Harbor View Windows and Empire Pacific Windows.
"The majority of the workshops were well attended," Botnen said.
Botnen thanked the groups that helped make the Home Show possible by providing help setting up and taking down the tent and booths and providing security.
High school students and one graduate provided labor to set up and take down the tent. Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) and Brookings Police Department reserves provided 24-hour security.
"They did a great job for us, especially around the tent," Botnen said.