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Akron Home and Flower Show coming Feb. 22-24

1/31/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The 19th annual Home Builders Association Akron Home and Flower Show, presented by WindowPRO, will take place Feb. 22-24 at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St.

More than 200 exhibitors will display a variety of home decorating, remodeling, building, landscaping, gardening and outdoor patio products and services, according to show officials.

The event, presented by the Home Builders Association Serving Portage and Summit Counties, also will include stage presentations, more than 7,000 square feet of feature gardens and flowers, on-site gardening seminars, cooking demonstrations from area chefs and vendors with sustainable products and services.

“Our goal is to provide attendees with the products and services to turn items on their ‘to-do’ lists to done,” said Jeff Naragon, show chairperson. “Our attendees will enjoy informative guest speakers and entertainment, new products, services and features, as well as hundreds of vendors to help transform your home or yard.”

Taking the Hartville Hardware Stage throughout the weekend will be “Dr. Lori,” from “Auction Kings” on the Discovery Channel, who will provide free antiques appraisals (Friday at 3, 4, 6 and 7 p.m.; Saturday at 1, 4 and 5 p.m.; and Sunday at 11 a.m., noon, 2 and 3 p.m.). For show visitors who wish to have an item appraised by Dr. Lori, the object must be hand carried into the show, and no weapons will be permitted at the venue. Also, all pieces are the sole responsibility of their owners, according to show officials.

Appearing on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m. will be Matt Fox and Shari Hiller, from public TV’s “Around the House with Matt and Shari.”

Featured local celebrities will include local TV meteorologists Betsy Kling, of WKYC, and Jeff Tanchak, of WOIO, along with Mary Beth Breckenridge, of the Akron Beacon Journal. They will be available to meet show guests on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the featured gardens area sponsored by Grimm Brothers Landscaping.

In addition, the 2013 show will feature an EcoLiving Experience area with sustainable products, local foods, aquaponics, hydroponics, home energy assessments and more, according to show officials. Stark State College’s Division of Engineering, Industrial and Emerging Technologies will provide displays on sustainable environmental and alternative energy technologies, while Career Tech teacher Les Baker, from Ellet High School, and his students will present “Bottle Biology” and “Know What to Throw” displays.

New this year is the Cambria Courtyard, where guests 21 and older can relax and enjoy locally crafted Thirsty Dog beer and wine from The Winery at Wolf Creek in Norton.

The show also will offer attendees the opportunity to register for a complete backyard makeover, which will be awarded on the final day of the show. The prize includes outdoor furniture, a sprinkler system, concrete patio, outdoor lighting and more, according to show officials.

Tickets to the Akron Home and Flower Show are $8 each, with children 12 and younger admitted for free when accompanied by an adult. A coupon for $1 off the price of admission is available on the show’s website. Discounted online tickets, courtesy of Brandon Heating and Cooling, can also be purchased for $7 each at https://secure.interactivetick eting.com/a/1ea0cb.

According to show officials, show tickets also can be ordered through Catholic Charities, the Rotary Club of Akron and Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, and a portion of those entry fees will be donated to the organization.

Parking is available on the street and in lots and decks around the John S. Knight Center and is free in all city of Akron lots and decks after 6 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Show hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, including a list of vendors and a full stage schedule, visit www.AkronHomeandFlowerShow.com, call 330-869-6800 or email Events@AkronHBA.com.

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