By Kathy Jurgens
It is difficult to believe that another year has already passed since last year’s Home Show. As we age, it continues to boggle our minds how quickly time passes. One of the best parts about the past year is our economical lives have improved, ever so slightly for some, a little better for others. When speaking with business owners, particularly those in the home improvement business, we are finding happier, more optimistic people. El Dorado County homeowners are happier as property values are going back up; and are recouping some of the equity on what is for many, the biggest investment made.
This year at the 34th annual Home Show you will find some businesses that have been open in this community for longer than the Home Show has been in existence, as well as some of the “original” Home Show vendors. It is inspiring to those new to the home improvement business world to see these folks still going strong.
Solar energy is here to stay, and this year you will find several companies at the Home Show that will help you achieve less dependence on our local electricity provider, and leave a greener earth for our grandchildren.
With our current water situation, the Master Gardener will be on hand to help with drought-resistant planting and irrigation ideas as well as other garden and yard questions.
The Home Show is one of the greatest places to find the best price and services for your home improvement needs. The businesses showcased at this year’s show are ready to serve, and typically offer their lowest prices of the season for Home Show customers.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner You’ll find lots of great options with our many local crafters for that special gift, or perhaps new kitchen counters are in order for mom’s kitchen. Decking materials continue to improve and there are contractors ready to share their ideas. Challenged with landscaping needs? You will find landscapers at the Home Show that can help with all of El Dorado County’s landscape issues. Check out the Home Show Website for a list of exhibitors participating in this year’s show: edchomeshow.com.
The Home Show staff works hard to provide the best variety of businesses for all of your home improvement needs. The El Dorado County Home Show is one of the very few shows that limits “like” vendors, so you aren’t going to be coming to a show and seeing 14 different roofing companies, all lined up in a row.
This year the Home Show is bringing a party to the event. This year we are introducing the Party Room, where we have different businesses such as Origami Owl, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, doTerra, just to name a few, who will have their products displayed and you can talk to them about purchasing a product, hosting a party, or just learning something new. The Party Schedule is included in this special section, and will be distributed at the gate.
The Home Show is excited to have the folks from the Brewers’ Barn at the Home Show this year. They will be demonstrating how home brewing (beer) is done, with tastes available, as well as all of the items necessary to start brewing your own beer.
Back this year, sponsored by Home Depot, is the popular Kids Workshop (Saturday and Sunday only). Home Depot brings in fun projects and materials for your kids to get started learning how to use tools and make something special.
Come to the home show hungry. We have food! The fairgrounds are beautiful in the spring. Grab a burger, barbecued chicken or a taco and pull up a picnic table under our shade cloth or a large oak, and enjoy your meal and an adult beverage (beer and wine available).
As always, the Home Show is pet friendly, though your pet must be on a leash and under control at all times. (Nothing scarier than seeing a 3-year old with a 150-pound dog at the end of the leash.) We want to always continue to allow pets, so please be a responsible pet owner.
The Home Show, held at the fairgrounds in Placerville, is open Friday, May 2, from noon-7 p.m.; Saturday May 3, and Sunday, May 4, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission on Friday is free, Saturday and Sunday admission is $3 per person, with anyone under 18 free. The El Dorado County Fair Association (a 501c3 non-profit organization) charges $5 parking per car all three days, with parking fees collected going towards maintaining the beautiful grounds.
Please check out our Website at edchomeshow.com, or you can find ‘El Dorado County Home & Garden Show on Facebook and learn a little bit more about some of our vendors and see slide shows from previous years.