By Kathy Jurgens
Since this time last year, many of us who are dependent on real estate sales and construction, (with the resulting domino effect) for our livelihood have seen definite improvements. Sadly, there are still many who are still waiting for a little more gain in their checking accounts. The past few years have taught us to do life with a little less — to simplify and do for ourselves. And that’s a good thing.
At the 33rd Annual Home & Garden Show, there will be vendors who cater to all of us, the hardcore do-it-yourselfer, or the ‘all-I wanna-do is write the check and enjoy it’ homeowner.
We had some new goals for the 2013 Show. One goal was bringing the ‘Tiny House’ industry to El Dorado County, as well as Straw Bale Building. We were unable to secure a group to show the Tiny House homes, but we are still working on it for next year and definitely encourage all to check out this truly simplified style of living. Taking it a step further, one is able to live off of the grid a bit, which is a goal for many of us. We did achieve our second goal, however, and are very excited to have the Straw Bale Building industry at the show this year. They will have a booth to answer questions, as well as simple straw bale construction,
Many of our vendors are hosting ‘in-booth’ demonstrations, some scheduled, and some on demand. We have included a schedule with the hosts of some of the demonstrations.
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and the Home Show is a great place to find the perfect gift for mom. Whether it is a bird house or the home improvement she has been wanting, we have vendors with many unique products, services, and goodies. Our crafters’ area is back, and most are local crafters, or hobbyist-turned-crafter. Jewelry, soap, re-purposed home goods, a scratch tree for your kitty or a hand-crafted bird house will all be available, but there are way too many to list, so just come check it out.
Our popular Treasure Hunt will be returning this year, and we are adding one for the kids, too. For the adults (21 and over) we have posted 30 Special Signs (with the Home Show logo) throughout the show in various vendor booths, and every interested person coming to the show can pick up an entry form at the entry gates or Home Show Office, for FREE. At the close of show on Saturday and Sunday, we will randomly draw an entry. The first entry with all 30 locations correct wins a three-night two-day getaway in Vegas, Tahoe or Reno. For the kids, we will be posting 20 ‘Kids Home Show’ signs throughout the show, and the randomly drawn winner (first with all 20 correct) will receive a $50 bill. (Parent/guardian must be present).
As always, the Master Gardener will be in the Professional Services Building (The Organ Room) to answer your gardening questions. Unsure of what that new plant is that popped up in your yard? Bring a sample, and they can help you. We have a published author who specializes in the challenges and uniqueness of gardening in our area. Some of our new vendors include OMG Vinegar & Oils. It is supposed to be “to die for” tasty. And Full Moon Hand Crafted Designer Jewelry, where each piece is original and “no two pieces alike”—just a sampling of the vendors located in the Professional Services Building this year.
Blain Stumpf Sand, Rock & Gravel is joining us this year. Come see the BIG transfer truck, and A Touch of Oranges can show you how to make those old cabinets look new again. If you want the new cabinets, we have some new additions this year, Birch WoodWorks Co., Foothill Design & Cabinetry and Alpine Cabinets, something for everyone. Need your bathroom updated? BathFitter and USA Baths can help you in a jiffy, along with some of our local contractors, Dawson Construction, Jurgens Construction, Alpine Exteriors, Douglas Construction, to name a few. These companies can make little changes, or BIG changes, based on your needs and budget. Of course, we have many returning home improvement businesses that we all support, a complete listing is on our Website (see below).
Another fairly new policy of the Home Show is to limit ‘like’ vendors, which enables us to have the best variety of businesses possible, without too much duplication. We are certain you will enjoy the variety we have this year.
The Home Show has always been the last weekend in April. In an effort to have a little better luck with nice weather, we had the opportunity to move the event to the first weekend in May. The 2013 Show will be held at the El Dorado County Home Show, Friday May 3, through Sunday May 5. Friday admission is free all day. Saturday and Sunday admission is $3.
A new special offer this year: Admission from 3 to 5 p.m. is free. Parking is managed by the El Dorado County Fair Association, a non-profit organization, and is $5 per car, Friday-Sunday. There is parking available on the lawn inside the Home Show, as well as the parking tiers. The Home Show has a limited number of carts available to shuttle from the parking tiers to/from the event. (So sorry, there will be no wheelchairs available for rent).
Pack up a picnic lunch, or enjoy the food from one of our yummy food vendors (we will have vendors serving hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage dogs, garlic fries, tri-tip sandwiches, tacos, enchiladas, nachos, barbecue chicken, breakfast sandwiches and burritos and, of course, yummy Kettle Korn). There are lots of great places on the fairgrounds to enjoy a picnic, relax and check out the many new and “regular” home show vendors.
The Home Show is a pet-friendly event; however, your pet must be on a leash and in control at all times.
Please check out our Website at www.homeshow.com for a list of exhibitors, and details of this event.