By HOWARD BALABAN
Medina Journal-Register — This weekend the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce Home and Garden Show will be held at the 4-H Fairgrounds on Route 31 in Knowlesville. This event, now in its sixth year, gives area residents home improvement ideas and can help them find new and unique ways to spruce up their lawns. It moved to the fairgrounds last year for the first time because it outgrew its previous space.
According to Valerie Garrett, the Chamber’s administrative assistant, roughly 5,000 people visited the show last year. About 50 vendors showcased their wares in 2012, and Garrett said many have returned to go along with several new businesses. A number of new vendors this year have brought the total number of those appearing to close to 60.
Some highlights of this year’s show include a number of children’s activities. Garrett said there will be a discovery garden where youths can participate in several interactive activities that teach them about gardening techniques and how to grow healthy fruits and vegetables. Orleans Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners will run the discovery garden.
The YMCA is scheduled to have a kids’ zone with several inflatables, and there will also be mini-golf, Garrett said.
For those of legal age, two local wineries (Leonard Oakes Estate and Vizcarra Vineyards) will be on hand offering samplings of their product on Saturday afternoon. There are also a number of daily demonstrations among the participating vendors, and several giveaways sponsored by the Chamber.
Garrett said the Batavia-based WNY Fireplace Outlet appears to have one of the more interesting demonstrations planned. She said the vendor is planning to present its “green egg grill” with a cooking demonstration periodically on both Saturday and Sunday.
Rita Towner, owner of WNY Fireplace Outlet, said it is her business’s second year at the show. She said last year was a success because it brought an influx of new clients to her business, and this year she said she is looking forward to more of the same.
“I find that when you do (local) shows, you tend to get more interested buyers,” she said. “Buyers at smaller shows like this are generally more educated in that they tend to know what they’re looking for.”
As for the grill mentioned by Garrett, Towner said it will be featured all day on both show days. It is a new twist on an old style of charcoal grilling, Towner explained. Not only can it grill food, but it can smoke and bake food as well, she said. Also, Towner mentioned the charcoal used is in a lump.
“It’s in its natural form instead of briquette form, making it a very ‘green’ type of charcoal,” she said.
Some other vendors, Garrett said, include Sunrise Door and Woodwork, Ohio Craft, and Heritage Structures. They are just some of the many locally based businesses making an appearance this weekend.
The idea behind the show, Garrett said, is not to promote the Chamber itself, but the community it serves.
“We’ve put this event together…to provide growth for local businesses so they can be more successful,” Garrett said.
The 2013 Home and Garden Show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $1 and parking is free.