Be inspired at the 54th Annual Livingston County Home & Garden Show

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The 54th Annual Livingston County Home & Garden Show — a collection of landscape and home improvement inspiration  hosted by the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce — runs Friday, April 7, through Sunday, April 9, at the Howell High School Fieldhouse, 1200 W. Grand River Ave. in Howell.

“It’s a wonderful community event that connects people eager for inspiration and ideas to the latest and greatest in home and garden projects and products,” said Pat Convery, president of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce. “The Home & Garden Show brings together everything homeowners could possibly dream of, and it offers builders, landscapers and home improvement companies the opportunity to showcase their skills, products and services.”

Not just home improvement
This year’s Livingston County Home & Garden Show features a whole lot more than just home improvement.

The Kids Zone in the balcony will feature various activities for the younger show-goers. The Home Depot is hosting  a kids’ craft all day on Saturday, April 8. Sunday’s Kid Zone activities include face painting and balloon animal creations. So don’t leave the kids at home! Bring them for this hands-on experience as well as games, prizes and special giveaways from many of the exhibitors.

The Feature Area on the main floor will showcase a free water-color painting experience from The Palette Community Art Studio, Sunday from 11am-4pm. Come show off your art skills!

“The Home Show Committee has put together quite a weekend,” said Brenda Barone, coordinator of the event. “There is something for everyone, from do-it-yourselfers to people looking to hire contractors for their projects, to those who want to get some inspiration.”

Barone singled out Art Craft Display and Country Lane Flower Shops for their work on the Livingston County Home & Garden Show.

“Art Craft provides the floor plan design, booths, drapery, tables, chairs aisle carpeting and labor for the show,” Barone said. “And Country Lane helps welcomes our guests with the flowers and beautiful greenery at the entrance to the show. We are thrilled to have them on board again this year.”

Taste of Livingston
The popular Taste of Livingston County — which has become an annual pilgrimage for hungry folks eager to sample a wide variety of food — runs 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Howell High School cafeteria. For 75 cents a taste, people get to sample delicious dishes from some of the areas best restaurants, delis and caterers.

Fine Arts Show
Throughout the Home & Garden Show weekend, the work of local artists will be on display in the Howell High School commons located next to the high school cafeteria. The popular arts show is coordinated by the Livingston Fine Arts Association, and all art on display is available for sale.

Community Resource Fair
Hosted by the Livingston County United Way, the Community Resource Fair features a wide variety of local non-profit and community organizations.

Neighborhood Marketplace
Artisans and crafter exhibits will feature cash and carry items, including baked goods, handmade gifts, wood crafts and the perfect gift for you.

Shred those old documents for free
The Shred Day event, set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, is open to the public. Corrigan Record Storage will collect business and personal documents for shredding at its facility following the event FREE of charge! Just look for the Corrigan Records truck in the circular drive near the Field House parking lot.

Get your green thumb on
Master gardeners will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to answer your home gardening and landscape questions. Hear also from local landscape companies all weekend what the latest trends and products are for your landscaping projects!

Enter to win
Each day of the show, one lucky person will win $500 in Home Show Bucks, spendable just like cash with any of the Home & Garden Show exhibitors. Event-goers simply fill out their ticket stub for a chance to win. In addition to the daily winners, an additional $500 in Balcony Bucks will be awarded in a special drawing on Sunday of all visitors who entered the drawing in the Home Show balcony area.

Make your plans
The Livingston County Home & Garden Show is open:
• 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 7
• 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 8
• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 9

Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for senior citizens (60+). Children and students accompanied by an adult are free. Visit the Livingston County Home & Garden Show website for $1 off admission. The first 50 people in line at the ticket window on Friday get in for FREE. The ticket window opens at 4:30 p.m.

Need more information?
For more information on the Livingston County Home & Garden Show, contact Brenda Barone at the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce. Reach her by phone at (517) 546-3920, or email bbarone@howell.org.

To get your $1 off admission coupon and to search a list of exhibitors, visit Livingston County Home & Garden Show website at www.livingstoncountyhomeshow.com.

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