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YMCA’s biennial home/garden show returns

Published: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:32 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 1:49 p.m. CST
Attendees of a Home and Garden Show held at Southern Prairie YMCA in 2012 make their way to exhibitor tables. This year, around 70 exhibitors are expected at the event.

If you’re looking to sprout your green thumb this spring, the home and garden show at Southern Prairie YMCA is the place to be.

YMCA’s Home and Garden Show is scheduled 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event, sponsored by Hy-Vee, Southwestern Community College and Southern Prairie YMCA, returns with a bigger turn out than in previous years.

“We have almost 70 vendors,” said Joyce Baker, YMCA office manager.

The extravaganza will showcase home and garden ideas — both inside and outside— through face-to-face consultations with local experts. Baker said it’s a place where individuals can gain inspiration for their home and garden, recieve free goods from visiting all of the booths and take part in some family activities.

According to Baker, proceeds of the event will offer financial assistance — as much as 60 percent — to families and individuals in Creston who want or need to join the gym, but are short on funds to do so.

Home and garden

If you are looking for three ways to reinvent your kitchen, Ronda Katzer, Cinda Long and Tammy Stewart of American Home Design Center will teach attendees how to achieve a renovated look for a kitchen without changing the cabinets. The trio will demonstrate how color and different fixtures can enhance and improve a room.

Charlie Westman will be showcasing projects Habitat for Humanity has been working on in Creston and describe how the organization’s efforts have impacted the city. Westman will explain what they do, volunteer requirements and tell how a collected effort can transform a community.

Garden guru Jerry Kluver, Hy-Vee’s garden and lawn specialist, will be presenting at noon in the auditorium on how to have a successful garden and troubleshooting common home gardening dilemmas.

Kluver’s roots run deep in the gardening business. Before working at Earl May Nurseries for 38 years, Kluver got his hands dirty in horticulture growing up on a family farm in Charter Oak.

Something for everyone

AgriVision and Service Techs will have a variety of equipment on display. In front of SWCC’s Technical Center, Agrivision will have small John Deere tractors and mowers available to view. Service Techs will offer Toro mowers, chainsaws and central boiler outdoor wood furnaces.

Inside, some exhibitors will offer “make and take” children’s craft projects and a variety of shopping opportunities will be offered by vendors from Miche Bags, Origami Owl, Scentsy, Adele Purses, She-Nae’s Rescued and Renewed, Pampered Chef, Thirty-One and Watkins Barn Quilts.

Prairie Solid Waste will be offering residential electronic waste recycling. Recyclables include computer towers, laptops, keyboards and printers. Monitors will be accepted for a charge of $10.

Madison County Cattlemen members will be grilling hamburgers and hotdogs for an additional charge during the event in front of the YMCA entrance.

Advance tickets for the YMCA’s Home and Garden Show are $3 and available at Southern Prairie YMCA, 1201 W. Townline St. Tickets will increase to $5 if purchased the day of the event and children 5 and younger are free.

For more information about YMCA’s Home and Garden Show or services, visit their website at www.southernprairieymca.com.

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