By: Tom Fink | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: March 2019
Amish Baked Goods from Martha’s Noodles are a must snack while at the show.
For great ideas, resources and practical advice on all your home improvement and other spring projects, come out to Claremore this April for the Claremore Home and Garden Show.
The annual event is a three-day exposition which features a variety of vendors to help both amateur and veteran do-it-yourselfers with home improvement projects of all sizes, as well as offering financing, new buildings, materials, plants, flowers and more, all in one place.
“The show is a partnership between the Claremore Expo/Visit Claremore and the Rogers County Builders Association,” said Tanya Andrews, director of Claremore Expo & Tourism Development.
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.
The Claremore Home & Garden Show will feature a diverse array of beautiful plants offered by local growers.
“When you come to the show, you’ll have everything you might want, from outside home repair needs, chimneys, full kitchen remodels, pools, decks, some home lending options will be here and there will be vendors who deal in the home décor,” said Allison Burkhead, Special Events Manager. “We’ll also have some food trucks available so guests can eat while they’re here.”
The show averages between 200 and 300 vendors and exhibitors.
The show is held inside the Claremore Expo Center’s Expo Hall, with some of the events taking place within the heated Indoor Arena.
“Out in the arena is where you’ll be seeing lawnmowers, various tractors, portable buildings, storm shelters, plant sales,” she said. “Currently, we’re planning to have the Rogers County Master Gardeners, Claremore FFA and Chelsea FFA making some plant sales for us, and we’re going to have a kid’s area, where children can get hands-on experience and learn about gardening. In the past, we’ve done some seed-planting, where the children can take home their little bunch of flowers in a cup, or they can paint birdhouses and take those home. The children’s area keeps with the ‘theme’ of the event, as we try to get the children excited about home and garden projects from an early age.”
Although the show is slated for April, weather shouldn’t be an issue as the vendors and sales will all be held inside the Expo Hall, or in the Indoor Arena, according to Andrews.
“Since this is to be in April, of course, there may be some weather, but once you get inside that won’t be a problem,” she said. “You don’t have to go outside to get from the hall to the arena – it’s all connected.”
Although exhibitors from across the state will be in attendance, Andrews noted there will be a “tremendous amount of support” from those in the Claremore and Rogers County area, many of whom are exclusive to the Claremore show.
“We have many exhibitors who aren’t at the Tulsa shows because they might not feel them to be very beneficial to them, so you’ll see things at the Claremore show that you won’t see at other shows around the state,” she said. “Some of our vendors will only do the Claremore show because they like to see the return in their hometown, in their region.”
Also, the cost to attend is absolutely free.
“This will be our fourth year not to charge admission,” Andrews said, “and it made quite a difference in attendance. We went from about 1,200 people the last year we were charging to about 4,000 people the first year we made it a free event, and it’s grown every year since then.”
Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon Alan Storjohann, host of the KRMG Gardening Show will be airing his April 6 show from the Claremore Home & Garden Show. Alan will also be on hand with helpful tips to listeners and in person for those attending the show.
So, for a weekend of home products, lawn and garden equipment, seeds, plants and flowers, gifts, arts and crafts, visit the Claremore Home & Garden Show, where you’ll learn more about home projects, remodeling projects, interior design, exterior home care and more.
Presenting sponsor for this year’s show is Vickrey Heat & Air. Major Sponsors for this event are RCB Bank and Froman Oil & Propane Company; Pixley Lumber is Promotions Sponsor; and BancFirst is their KidZone Sponsor.
The show will be held Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 7, at the Claremore Expo Center, 400 Veterans Parkway in Claremore. Event hours are 12-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Allan Storjohann, Oklahoma Certified Nurseryman and Horticulturist, will be hosting his morning radio show on KRMG live from the Claremore Home & Garden Show Saturday, April 6.
The children’s area includes a booth to paint birdboxes, plant seeds and engage in other activities for the youngest event attendees.
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