The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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April 15, 2013

Home & Garden Show draws a crowd

Medina Journal-Register — KNOWLESVILLE - About 3,500 guests dealt with unseasonably cold temperatures and harsh wind over the weekend to visit the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce Home and Garden Show. 

People visited a variety of businesses, from banks to florists, woodworkers to confectionary artists.

Lori McClurg, a first time vendor at the show, said she made the trip this year for a simple reason: “I just wanted to get my name out.” 

McClurg’s Elba-based location specializes in fudge and candy, many varieties of which were available to sample and/or purchase. She said the show allowed her to meet and greet a steady stream of new customers, many of whom she hoped would become new and repeat customers.

Elsewhere at the show, owner Kevin Garlock of Custom Curb Appeal of New York also made his first-ever local appearance. 

“My banner here was made by someone from Medina,” he said, mentioning how that person told him to visit the annual Orleans County event.

“I try to do as many shows as I can, and I decided to do this one this year, and I most definitely plan on coming back,” he said. “There’s been a great response here.”

Garlock’s product line included poured concrete landscape edging and rubberized driveways with built-on multi-colored LEDs.

Also on the grounds, the county’s Master Gardeners worked with youngsters at the show’s first-ever Kids Discovery Garden.

Master Gardener Gail Culver said it was a hit.

“The kids really enjoy it here,” she said, adding that some parents had a tough time dragging their kids away from the station.

The Kids Discovery Garden featured such things as a worm farm and a chance for youths to make a seed tape. There was also a garden art center, where crayons were used to color on heated rocks. The heat from the rocks melted the crayon wax into the rock pores, making for a garden decoration. Culver said she had not seen such a thing before, but was glad her colleagues set it up.

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