Fall Home Show opens doors to crucial upkeep
BY MIRANDA WHITWORTH Contributing writer
| Wednesday, Oct 19 2011 12:46 PM
Last Updated Wednesday, Oct 19 2011 12:47 PM
Fall Home Show
When: 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 P St.
Admission: $7; $4 for seniors on Friday; free for kids 12 and under; receive $1 off with donation of nonperishable food item.
Win free tickets to the home show
Tune in to “Californian Radio” on KERN 1180 AM at 9 a.m. Thursday for your chance to win tickets to the Fall Home Show. Just listen for the cue to call, and then phone 661-842-KERN.
Rainy days, cooler weather and the holidays are all around the corner, and that means big changes for your home. If you want to be ready to protect, maintain and deck the halls, you need to check out the 20th annual Fall Home Show Friday through Sunday at the Kern County Fairgrounds.
Show Manager Joaquin Rodriguez says that while many people consider spring the time to get their property in order, it’s what you do in the fall that will determine how much work you’ll have ahead of you next year.
“In the spring you are fixing up what was damaged in your yard or on your home during the winter months. So this show is about prevention. What do you need to be doing for your house or pool too keep them up in the winter?”
Attendees will not lack for guidance. Rodriguez says the best part about shopping at a home show is the variety and diversity all in one venue.
“You can go to Home Depot and then go to Michael’s or all of these different businesses to shop. But you’ll be driving from one business to the next and you won’t be able to see them all in one day or even one weekend. But if you come out to the show, you have options.”
In a time when money is tight and much-needed repairs around the house still need to be made, Rodriguez says the Fall Home Show is an opportunity for attendees to take advantage of the competitive atmosphere and get not only the best services for the money but the absolute right person for the job.
“You won’t just talk to one pool guy; you will see a bunch of them. You can price shop and have more opportunities to find a professional that is right for you.”
There are deals to be had as well. According to Rodriguez, the vendors are looking to drum up as much business as possible.
“A lot of these professionals will have only deals that you can get if you contract with them right then and there, much better deals than you could get from them if you just walk into their establishment.”
The show also features the return of one of Kern County’s most knowledgeable gardening duos. Dale “The Sultan of Sod” Edwards and Lindsay “The Plant Professor” Ono are back after a one-year sabbatical.
“They will be there with seminars on gardening and keeping up your yard during the winter months. They are back bigger and badder than ever, or at least that’s what they tell me! They are great, and we are excited to have them back.”
The 11th Annual Golden Empire Koi Show also will be taking place at the fairgrounds, and that means all things ponds and all things fish.
“It’s the largest koi show in the area and there will be businesses on hand to tell you about koi, and how to set up koi ponds within your existing landscaping. You can even adopt a koi at the event.”
But as the holidays approach, one of the biggest draws is what decor enthusiasts will be looking for when winter truly sets in.
“Michael’s will have a huge holiday display out in Building 3. They always put together an amazing spread. Last year their theme was ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas,’ and it was really impressive. I am not sure what they will be doing this year. I am looking forward to seeing it myself. They always surprise me.”