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Simple PVC Display Stands
Here’s an easy and cheap way to set up a display at a farmers market or when exhibiting at a show or other event.
  “We saw the idea at the Ingham County Fairgrounds in Mason, Mich. We wanted them lightweight yet rigid enough to hold up,” says Brian Fischer.
  He and another maintenance worker, Dan Burnham, decided pvc pipe was the most user-friendly – and something they had on hand after a plumbing project. Burnham made the first X-style floor displays out of the 1 1/4-in. pipe. It worked so well, the men designed another style for table displays and built a dozen more for the 2014 fair.
  The frames – made of pipe, couplings and elbows – are glued together, but the legs are not.
  “We left the legs removable for easy storage,” Fisher says. The frames stack up and the legs can be stored in a tote. Table units have 12-in. legs, while 16-in. legs work better for floor and heavier display stands.
  For the backdrop, the men used plastic screening material left over from another fair project. They secured it to the frames with 8-in. zip ties that were cut flush. Artwork is hung on the screen with small S-hooks.
  Because air passes through the screen, the pvc stands would work well outside even when it’s windy, Fisher notes.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ingham County Fair, 700 E. Ash St., Mason, Mich. 48854 (www.inghamfair.org).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #5