News Release – 4/17/13

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

HOME GROWN INSPIRATION BLOOMS AT THE 22nd ANNUAL
CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES HOME & GARDEN IDEA FAIR
– Free Weekend Event Open April 26-28 with Family Activities, Indoor and Out –

VANCOUVER, WA – April 17, 2013 – An annual tradition for more than two decades, Clark Public Utilities jump starts the spring home improvement season with its Home & Garden Idea Fair held this year on April 26, 27 and 28 at the Clark County Event Center.

The free show features hundreds of local home and garden businesses, local farmers market vendors, area non-profit organizations and a variety of hands-on children’s activities. New this year, folks interested in electric vehicle technology can take an onsite drive in a new Nissan Leaf or run an all-electric riding lawnmower through an obstacle course!

Elaborate indoor landscape displays presented by the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals and how-to talks 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 50 nurseries participating. It’s a first stop of the season for thousands of local gardeners as they pick-up vegetable starts, native plants, gorgeous flowers and lush hanging baskets.

"More than twenty thousand of our customers come out every year to buy new plants, get ideas, research projects and talk with local businesses," 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, both indoors and out. There’s something new every year."

Fans of KXL.fm broadcasts "In the Garden" with Mike Darcy and "Around the House" with Handyman Bob are encouraged to come out Saturday for live broadcasts from the show.

Always of interest, the Energy Smart Home, built by New Tradition Homes showcases all the latest technology for making your home comfortable and energy efficient. Homeowners with upgrades on the horizon will find hundreds of resources from local ductless heat pump installers to siding and flooring contractors – all in one place. Visitors can also 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 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.

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