Thousands attend opening weekend of Homearama

Published 10:23 am Wednesday, May 12, 2010

SMITHFIELD -Thousands attended the opening two days of Homearama, which for the first time in its 29-year history is being held in Isle of Wight County.

Traditionally held in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk and Suffolk, Homearama is expected to attract 80,000 to 100,000 people to the Smithfield area to see eight fully-furnished, custom-built homes at Founders Pointe off Route 17 on James River’s Batten Bay. The event runs daily through Sunday, May 23.

Tidewater Builders Association sponsors the event, which features homes ranging from 2,900 to 3,800 square feet and priced from $500,000 to $695,000. Developed by East West Communities, Founders Pointe includes homes ranging from the mid-$400,000s to $1 million, a community clubhouse, swimming pool, playground, three miles of trails and an 844-foot pier overlooking the bay.

Homearama is open noon to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $10. Active duty and retired military guests, and seniors 62 and over get a $3 discount Monday through Thursday and $1 on weekends. Children 12 and under are free.