The 14th Port Elizabeth Homemakers Expo was sponsored by Moffett on Main Lifestyle Centre, Algoa FM, Tavcor and ADT. With a record breaking 19 544 visitors through the underground doors of Moffett on Main Lifestyle Centre, the visitors found a lovely variety of products and things to do whilst keeping the kids entertained.
The entrances to the expo were designed by students from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Interior Design department and featured fun elements of furniture pieces, beautiful designed chandeliers and inspirational chalk art sayings.
Serving up a blast from the past was the Antique Roadshow to which visitors brought interesting antiques to be appraised, some valuable and some not. Crowds of visitors enjoyed watching Clinton Kirby from Vigne Howard Auctioneers host 3 live auctions. Regular bidders calmly made their bids whilst first timers enjoyed making their first bids on possible purchases.
The three IID stands (The South African Institute of Interior Design Professions) were of outstanding quality with quirky elements that showcased their talents.
Judges were surprised by the creativity that the exhibitors brought to the show this year. Choosing the overall winner proved to be a difficult task though.
Overall Stand Winner – Crossways / Rhino Group: The concept of the Crossways Farm Village and Rhino Group is superb and inspirational. Crossways is situated on the eastern boundary of the Kouga Municipal Area and borders the renowned Van Stadens River Valley and Wild-flower Reserve near Port Elizabeth. The development offers idyllic country living that is green and fully self-sustainable. Rhino Group contributes sustainable products and technology to the Village such as solar heating, harvesting, boreholes and irrigation dams, state-of-the-art sewerage treatment plant, local recycling and much more. It was a winning concept and display.
Gold Certificate Winners: Crossways/Rhino Group, Adendorf, Kountertop, Maywood Panel Company, Stretford Space, Trish Strydom Interiors.
Silver Certificate Winners: Easi-Turf, East Cape Game Properties / Royalston, Exhibit Art, House of York, Koelro 123 / African Lights, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, The Plantation Shutter Co., Viva Vintage, Webster’s Flooring, Wizard Interiors
Bronze Certificate Winners: All Weather Awnings Blinds, American Shutters, Brink Bamboo, Computer Gadgets, Decorative Details, Derik Furn, Easylife Kitchens, Eskom, Major Tech, Wetherlys
In the belly of the expo, the Gourmet Garage was pounding with vibe and flavours of coffee. A perfect spot to relax whilst sipping on a cup of coffee or glass of wine. The regular barista followers were packed in front of the stage watching the barista’s compete for the regional title! Donavan McLaghan, 2012 Cup Tasting Champ was the overall winner.
The lucky grand prize winner of the Dream Home Prizes Competition is Margi Knipe, a Port Elizabeth local, who won an amazing combination of prizes worth over R100 000 from prize sponsors: Computer Gadgets, Executive Blind Manufacturing, Easylife Kitchens, Hamid’s Persian Carpets Kilims, Wetherlys, Luxaflex, ADT, Ascot Bedding Furniture, Little Tree, Webster’s Flooring and Maywood Panel Company.
The Port Elizabeth community and showgoers demonstrated great support for the expo’s CSI project, A Brick in the Wall. The full amount will be donated to the Eastern Province Child and Youth Care Centre.
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Article source: http://mype.co.za/new/2013/07/homemakers-expo-prize-winners/