By Elizabeth Keys
STILLWATER, Okla. —
From remodeling trends to the latest in landscaping, area residents will find plenty of inspiration for spring home improvements at the 24th Annual Home and Garden Show, presented by Stillwater Home Builders Association and sponsored by Cedar Creek.
The show runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Payne County Expo Center.
More than 75 companies will feature products and services in all areas of home improvement. Visitors will see the latest in home construction, remodeling, interior design and landscaping. Area builders and specialized vendors will be available to answer questions, offer advice and encourage residents in their home and yard improvement dreams. The show offers a one-stop shopping venue with many products on exhibit from walk-in bathtubs to furniture, garden containers and spas. Experts will share their techniques and ideas along with the displays.
New to the show this year will be cash door prizes totaling $3,500. Five prizes of $500 each will be given away — three on Saturday and two on Sunday — with a grand prize of $1,000 awarded at the show’s end on Sunday. Each person who buys an entry ticket will be entered in the drawing and need not be present to win. Admission is $3 and children under 16 are admitted free of charge.
“The community can see what’s available on the market,” said Dale Sorrell, SHBA executive board and a show exhibitor with his company, Western Mechanical. "The Home and Garden show helps people visualize ways to improve their homes.”
Sorrell said many people are looking to make their house more energy efficient.
For those looking for green of a different kind, Hughes Lumber will give away free trees while supplies last. The Oklahoma State University Horticulture Department will offer locally grown plants for sale at reasonable prices to benefit student studies. Stillwater Building Center plans to provide free copies of their Contractors Directory. Many companies will offer giveaways and specials. Stillwater Breakfast Kiwanis will offer lunch, snacks and drinks for purchase.
“Pulled pork sandwiches are a favorite and we’ll offer baked potatoes, hot dogs, brownies and other concessions,” said Kiwanian Dustin Shanks, ONB bank commercial loan officer and retail branch manager.
All purchases help contribute to the community including Habitat for Humanity where the homebuilders association partners to provide quality housing to those in need. The group also contributes to scholarships at Meridian Technology Center for the building and trades program.
“This event is our largest fundraiser,” said Kent Bradley, SHBA president. “Whether you are building, remodeling, or improving on your landscape, the Home and Garden Show has something for everyone.”