By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2014
The 2014 Rogers County Home and Garden Farm and Ranch Show members include (back row from left): Anthony Tucker, Driven Digital; Ron Burrows, Claremore Expo Center general manager; Savannah Haddock, Value News; Ann Baker, Master Gardeners Association of Rogers County co-president; (front row): David Moore and Bethany VanHorn, Driven Digital; Brett Knapp, RCBA; Chris Burdan, BancFirst; Laurel DeLammermore, RCBA; Bill Biard, Hammett House; and Jimmy Holmes, Installed Building Products.
While most of us are hiding underneath warm blankets to stave off the cold, plans are already underway for the annual Rogers County Home and Garden Farm and Ranch Show set for March 21-23 at the Claremore Expo Center. What better way to end the winter doldrums than with seminars, exhibits and demonstrations to get you prepared for spring?
Since 1988, the Rogers County Builders Association, a non-profit, has been partnering with area businesses and organizations to bring the show to Claremore, according to Brett Knapp, homebuilder and general manager of this year’s show.
This year’s show, as in the past, will feature a wide variety of exhibits from home interior galleries, designer showcases, kitchen and cooking demonstrations, backyard landscaping, “do it yourself” seminars and hundreds of new garden and patio products – everything you need to create or remodel your dream home in one location, according to the show’s organizers.
Hammett House owner and chef Bill Biard is one of the scheduled celebrities who will be taking the stage for cooking demonstrations during the three-day event. Claremore Progress readers chose the Hammett House as the 2013 Reader’s Choice Best Restaurant in Rogers County.
With over 140 booths available, both inside and outside the Expo Center, the committee lined up to organize and promote this year’s show are now seeking vendor applications for the 2014 show. “Vendors, as well as those who wish to sponsor the show, can go to our website to download an application,” says Knapp. “We have assembled a great team to make this year’s show one of the best.”
Chris Burdan, with BancFirst, has always been a big supporter of the Rogers County Builders Association. “I’ve been a member of the show committee for 10 years and always look forward to helping make the show a success,” she says.
Another committee member, Ann Baker, 2013 co-president of the Master Gardeners Association of Rogers County, also plays a big role in the success of the event. John Haase, horticulturist educator with the OSU Extension Office in Rogers County, will once again be presenting several gardening seminars during the three-day show. He says, "We've worked closely with the Rogers County Builders Association on the design of the show since its inception in 1988. We are excited to be partnering with them again this year." Knapp adds, "I look forward to working with Ann and John again."
Other 2014 committee members include Laurel DeLammermore, executive officer of the RCBA. “I started as a volunteer with the show three years ago,” she says. “I’m excited for this year’s event.”
Claremore Expo Center General Manager Ron Burrows is also returning to the team to help coordinate this year’s show. “We worked together well last year and I’m looking forward to working with Ron again this year,” says Knapp. “He is an asset to our team.”
This year’s show will be heavily promoted as Fox 23 in Tulsa and Driven Digital, a full-service digital marketing agency, have been hired by the committee to promote the show, making it an effective venue for vendors who want to showcase their business. “As the official digital marketing agency for the 2014 Rogers County Home and Garden Farm and Ranch Show, you can expect a new look for the show and an all-new experience,” says Anthony William Tucker, Chief Strategy Office at Driven Digital.
The year’s show theme is, “Improve Yours,” according to Tucker. “We are taking the initiative to improve every engagement you have with the show.” To see what Tucker is talking about, you can check out the new mobile and tablet friendly website, TheRogersCountyHomeAndGardenShow.com or get social on Facebook.com/TheRogersCountyHomeAndGardenShow. To download a vendor application or to find out more about the 2014 show, check out their website.
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After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.
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