News Release – 4/17/2014

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

Home Improvement Season Starts with the 23rd Annual Clark Public Utilities Home & Garden Idea Fair
– Free Weekend Event Open April 25-27 with Family Activities, Indoor and Out –

VANCOUVER, WA – April 17, 2014 – Clark Public Utilities is hosting its 23rd annual Home and Garden Idea Fair April 25, 26 and 27. Held at the Clark County Event Center, this local tradition provides home improvement tips, plant sales, kids’ activities, and much more.

The free show features hundreds of local home and garden businesses, local farmers market vendors, area non-profit organizations, and a variety of children’s activities and entertainment. There will also be a variety of indoor landscape displays as well as expert presentations sponsored by Columbian Credit Union to teach you how to make your home and garden a beautiful place to be. For the gardener in all of us, there will be one of the biggest plant sales in the region, put on by the Specialty Nursery Association of Clark County. The plant sale features more than 50 vendors selling trees, shrubs, vegetable starts, native plants, flowers and hanging baskets.

“The event has been an annual tradition for decades and more than 20,000 of our customers come out during the weekend,” said Heather Allmain, communication services manager at Clark Public Utilities. “This year the Radio Disney Team Green will be rocking out in the kids’ area along with more than a dozen hands-on crafts and activities, all for free. And the plant sale is always huge – anything you need in your garden, you can get here.”

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 CFL bulb recycled, up to six.
 
There is no cost for entry to the Clark Public Utilities Home & Garden Idea Fair but 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 and the utility provides free shuttle service from the Fisher’s Landing and 99th Street transit stations.

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.clarkpublicutilities.com.