North Metro Home Show Feb. 23 in Blaine

Have a home project in mind, but you need some advice or have more research to do? Then the Feb. 23 North Metro Home and Garden Show is for you.north metro home showThe free show takes place Saturday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Schwan’s Sport Expo Center, 1740 105th Ave. N.E., at the National Sports Center campus in Blaine.

This is a new location for the home and garden show. It was at the Schwan’s Event Center next door to the Expo Center since the mid-2000s. The 15-year-old show got its start at the Mounds View Community Center, according to Marsha Wagner, an independent event planner who now organizes this show.

The cities of Blaine, Fridley and Mounds View have been the main sponsors since the show started in 1999. The city of New Brighton used to be involved, Wagner said.

Those who come to the show will be able to visit with vendors who have a variety of expertise to help with projects inside and outside the home. People can find out more about home ventilation, insulation, flooring, landscaping, doors, painting, financing projects and much more.

The categories of the exhibitors include builders and remodelers; finance, mortgage and real estate; garage doors; kitchens and bathrooms; landscape, gardening and irrigation; plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electrical; siding, roofing and gutters; specialty; and windows and doors.

Attendees are encouraged to bring photographs, plans and ideas to discuss them with the experts.

Wagner said so far there are 51 returning exhibitors and 18 companies new to the North Metro Home and Garden Show. She is still accepting registrations.

There are also going to be numerous 30-minute seminars throughout the day. All sessions will be shorter than in years past and set up in the same large room as the other exhibitors, Wagner said. The Schwan’s Event Center was not large enough to have everyone on the same level, but the vast Expo Center affords this opportunity for people to stop by and listen to part of a presentation. There will be bleacher seating set up.

“We are pleased to be offering some very interesting, practical and timely seminars this year,” Wagner said.

The seminars will be:

• 9:30 a.m. Pruning do’s and don’ts: Kim Sullivan, Master Gardener

• 10:10 a.m. Avoid overgrown landscape syndrome: Diana Grundeen, Trio Landscaping

• 10:50 a.m. Finance your next home: Chris Allen, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency

• 11:30 a.m. Common yard and garden problems: Steve Schack of Grennery Schack Landscaping

• 12:10 p.m. Kitchen cabinets: David Drenckpohl, The Home Depot in Coon Rapids

• 12:50 p.m. Update your home’s decor: Amber Schafer, Sherwin Williams (introducing color trends, faux finishes to cover popcorn ceilings)

• 1:30 p.m. Design on a dime: Becky Chudek, Inspired Design Landscapes

• 2:10 p.m. The naked truth about plumbing: Terry Overacker (repairing and replacing plumbing components in your home)

There will be door prize drawings and a sponsors treasure hunt throughout the event.

Parents are welcome to bring their kids to the show because there will be activities to keep them occupied. The Home Depot donated paint sticks that kids can decorate and use as garden markers. The children will also get a small pot and plant seeds and be able to get their face painted.

Boy Scout Troop 167 from Fridley will prepare and assist with the kids activity area. Girl Scout Troop 10242 from Fridley will act as greeters and hand out programs and attendee bags. They will also be selling cookies during the show.

Members of the Soil and Sunshine Garden Club, which meets monthly at the Mary Ann Young Senior Center in Blaine, and the Blaine Police Explorers are also helping out with the event, according to Wagner.

Besides the cities of Blaine, Fridley and Mounds View, other event co-sponsors include Renewal by Anderson, Trio Landscaping and Western Remodelers.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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