By: Lorrie Ward | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: March 2013
John Haase, Kathy Geyer and Brett Knapp team up to kick off this year’s Rogers County Home, Garden, Farm & Ranch Show.
It started out over 15 years ago in the old Claremore Armory on the corner of Patti Page and Lynn Riggs Boulevards. But while that armory is no longer in existence, the show must go on – the Rogers County Home, Garden, Farm & Ranch Show, that is. The event is scheduled to run from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 24. It will once again be held at the Claremore Expo Center, where it has grown to be one of the location’s largest annual events.
Kathy Geyer of OklaHomes Realty and current president of Northeastern Oklahoma Real Estate Network (NOREN) and Brett Knapp of Brett Knapp Quality Homebuilders and former president of Rogers County Builders Association are serving as co-chairs for the 2013 show. “We would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to come out to the Rogers County Home, Garden, Farm & Ranch Show,” says Kathy, “where they can enjoy the weekend, visiting and learning from master gardeners and many other vendors.”
The show has something for everyone and will host numerous exhibits relating to new homes, remodeling and other home improvement projects, farming, ranching, and gardening. On Saturday and Sunday, the Oklahoma Mower Association will hold Lawn Mower Demolitions and Lawn Mower Drag Racing at the expo’s outdoor oval track. To learn more about these fun spectator events, find the Oklahoma Mower Association on Facebook.
Since food is an integral part of any home and garden, there will be plenty of tasty things to sample at this year’s show. Bill Baird of Claremore’s The Hammett House will coordinate guest chefs for the show, and the Happy Smoker Barbecue will be there, featuring all types of barbecue.
For the kids, there will be a 30 by 60 foot slide inflatable dragon, sponsored by Pixley Lumber Company, and plenty of interactive events hosted by the Master Gardeners Association of Rogers County (MGARC). Both Kathy and Brett report that they are happy to join forces with John Haase and the OSU Extension of MGARC, who will help coordinate the event. The MGARC will host several seminars by master gardeners relating to vegetable gardening, soil testing, and other garden-related issues. John Haase reports that in light of recent weather patterns, this year will feature great concentration on low-maintenance landscaping, low water usage (also called xeriscaping), and drought-resistant plants. In the spirit of this theme, the first 500 attendees will receive a free Arizona Cypress tree seedling. “This is an Oklahoma proven plant from OSU research,” says John. “It’s a good, low-maintenance, drought and disease resistant evergreen. It originated in Arizona, but it grows great here.”
With so much to see and learn, it is no wonder that organizers anticipate this year’s show to be bigger and better than ever, expecting over 140 booths to fill the spacious Claremore Expo. “This is one of Claremore’s premiere events for all ages and has been for many years,” says Brett Knapp. “We look forward to another informative and entertaining show.”
Major corporate sponsors for this year’s show include Metro Appliances and More and Champion Windows, and the show is produced by NOREN and the Rogers County Builders Association. Other sponsors include Brett Knapp Quality Homebuilders and OklaHomes Realty. For more information, visit www.TheRogersCountyHomeandGardenShow.com or contact the RCBA at 918-343-1911.