News Release – 4/17/12

For more information:
Erica Erland, Clark Public Utilities
360-992-3238, eerland@clarkpud.com

HOME GROWN INSPIRATION ABOUNDS AT THE 21ST ANNUAL CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES HOME & GARDEN IDEA FAIR
– Free Weekend Event Open April 27-29 with Family Activities, Indoor and Out –

VANCOUVER, WA – April 17, 2012 – For more than two decades, Clark Public Utilities has helped to kick off the spring home improvement season with its annual Home & Garden Idea Fair held this year on April 27, 28 and 29 at the Clark County Event Center.

Serving as an annual source of inspiration, the free show features hundreds of local home and garden businesses, area non-profit organizations and a variety of hands-on children’s activities. New this year, attendees can browse local farmers’ market vendors on the midway. A joint feature presented by the seven community markets in Clark County, vendors throughout the weekend will offer locally grown produce, cut flowers, artisan foods, local products and more.

Elaborate indoor landscape displays presented by the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals and educational sessions by local experts are featured throughout the weekend. The show also offers one of the largest plant sales in the region, coordinated by the Specialty Nursery Association of Clark County, with more than 60 nurseries participating.

"The Home & Garden Idea Fair is a long-standing tradition for thousands of local folks who come to buy new plants, get ideas, research projects and talk with area experts," said Heather Allmain, communication services manager at Clark Public Utilities. "Plus it’s an easy weekend family activity with loads of free fun for kids like our brand new PowerZone area with hands-on activities to learn about electricity."

Also new this year, Alpha Broadcasting will host a pavilion featuring live KXL.fm broadcasts of "In the Garden" with Mike Darcy and "Around the House" with Handyman Bob. Sponsored by KINK.fm, visitors are invited to bring burned out compact fluorescent light bulbs for safe recycling. Free replacement bulbs are available for every old bulb recycled, up to six.
 
There is no cost for entry to the Clark Public Utilities Home & Garden Idea Fair. In lieu of admission, donations of non-perishable food items for local food banks or cash for Operation Warm Heart, a program providing home heating grants to families in financial crisis, are encouraged. Event center parking is $6 per vehicle.

Hours are Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is available at www.homeandgardenideafair.com.

About Clark Public Utilities
Clark Public Utilities is a customer-owned public utility that provides electric service to more than 183,000 customers throughout Clark County. The utility also provides water service to about 30,000 homes and businesses in the Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Lakeshore, Hockinson, Brush Prairie, La Center, Meadow Glade, Amboy and Yacolt areas. More information available at www.clarkpublicutilities.com.