Mowers, power equipment, traditional lawn and gardening tools, and more will be on display, with area vendors present to converse with members of the public at the upcoming home and garden show in Claremore.
Not unlike a perennial that springs back to life every year, so returns the Claremore Home & Garden Show for its 18th year this April at the Claremore Expo Center.
Made possible by a committee of experienced event professionals from Visit Claremore, the Claremore Home & Garden Show offers amateur and professional-level gardeners, home repair aficionados and yardwork do-it-yourselfers an event explicitly geared to cater to their needs.
“This (event) is an exceptional means for people to connect with vendors and specialists for all their lawn, yard or home-improvement projects,” said Tanya Andrews, Visit Claremore. “Show attendees will have the opportunity to meet and visit with a large assortment of artisans, craftsmen and companies, where they will can get information, materials or services for their prospective projects in a safe, family-friendly atmosphere that’s free of charge.”
Formerly the Rogers County Home & Garden Farm and Ranch Show, the show features vendors and experts from across the region to aid attendees in various aspects of home and garden renovation and improvement.
“When you come to the show, you’ll have everything you might want, from outside home repair needs, new installs for furniture, chimneys, full kitchen remodels, pools, decks, some home lending options will be here – we’ll have some vendors who deal in the home décor side of things, so there will be new pieces available to people,” said Jessica Putz, director of sales and marketing, Visit Claremore. “There will also be some food vendors on hand, so attendees can get something to eat while they’re here.”
Kendel Stocker (left) and Jessica Putz with Visit Claremore are working with the Rogers County Builders Association, Inc. to bring the 18th annual Claremore Home & Garden Show to the Claremore Expo Center.
Typically, vendors at the Claremore Expo Center are from the Claremore or Rogers County area. However, it’s not uncommon for vendors from Tulsa, the Tulsa metro, or further to attend and interact with the public, typically, numbering into the thousands over the three days of the event.
In addition to vendors on-site, the show also will include a variety of informational seminars.
“One of the seminars that’s been planned is ‘how to’ make and install a tower garden home unit, which is a state-of-the-art vertical, aeroponic growing system,” said Kendel Stocker, special events manager, Visit Claremore. “This system can grow herbs, greens, flowers, and many fruits in less time than it takes to grow in a traditional garden. What’s great about this is that we’re reaching out to local educators, as it’s an integrative STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum. There are possible grant funds through government agencies to install one (tower garden) at your school.”
Additionally, Stocker said the Rogers County Master Gardeners Association will be hosting seminars on composting, all three days of the show, and she’s currently working to arrange a presentation from local apiarists – commonly known as beekeepers – to speak at a seminar, as well as others to be announced at a later date.
Claremore FFA and Chelsea FFA members will be present and selling plants, and Saturday, Allan Storjohann, who hosts a gardening show on KRMG, will be telecasting live from the show.
Although each home and garden show is fundamentally the same, each year brings with it something different, Putz said.
“Since the event first began, each year, organizers would work hard to make the following year’s show even better – and this year is no exception,” she said. “This is an event that’s very friendly too and good for the community, as well as for everyone who attends, and the event being a ‘no charge’ event is certainly one of the most well-received aspects of what’s been changed from the beginning. It has really brought together different parts of the area involved in home improvement and gardening and created something of a community between them.”
“Something else about the show, I think it’s really opened up – to people maybe not familiar with Claremore or Rogers County – knowledge to people about what we have available locally,” Stocker said, “because, you know, we may be a smaller city than some (cities), and I’ve found that people are pleasantly surprised at everything – services, products, etc. – that can be found here.”
So, whether your lawn, garden, or home needs are immediate or months away, put the Claremore Home & Garden Show on your calendar, and you’ll be able to connect with the right people -- with the right equipment – for the job.
Claremore Home & Garden Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 3, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 4 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 5, at the Claremore Expo Center, 400 Veterans Parkway in Claremore.
For more information, contact Stocker at 918-342-5357 or email her at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.
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