News release from the Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show:
Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show celebratesÂ 40th anniversary Feb 28-Mar 3 at Memorial Coliseum
One of the Tri-State area’s most beloved traditions returns February 28-March 3, when the Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show, presented by Windows, Doors & More, opens at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum for its 40th anniversary edition.
Show owner & producer Karen Tejera says this year’s event is shaping up to be one of the best, most comprehensive and entertaining shows in its long history. More than 650 exhibits will be on hand with a wide array of the very latest in home and garden products and services. Showgoers will be able to obtain invaluable advice from an impressive roster of home and garden experts, and tour numerous gardens that can serve as idea-starters for their own unique landscapes.
The popular interactive kids’ area also returns this year. Themed “Old McDonald’s Farm,” the kids’ area provides a fun and festive diversion for the entire family just off the main show floor. Features include a variety of hands-on exhibits, a petting zoo, adoptable pets, ballet and martial arts demonstrations, and much more.
A great line-up of home and garden celebrities is set to entertain and educate showgoers. Included are:
- Jeff Holper, better known to fans as “The Mole Hunter;”
- 2011 Food Network Star finalist Jyll Everman;
- Erica Glasener, host of HGTV’s “A Gardener’s Diary,” and
- perennially popular morel mushroom maestro, Alex Babich.
The Master Gardeners’ Stage also will be a busy spot again this year, Tejera noted, with sessions scheduled to examine the urban forest, perennials, herb gardening, rain barrels, tomatoes, butterflies, shrubs, hydrangeas, and soil.
Also on hand demonstrating their incredible skills will be the artists of Creative Comedy Balloon & Face Art. Their fantastic balloon sculptures will decorate various areas throughout the show, while one-on-one interaction with fans will take place in the “Old McDonald’s Farm” kids’ area.
Nearly 50,000 home & garden enthusiasts are anticipated to attend the Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show in 2013. “This always is like homecoming for us,” said Tejera, whose father, Ernie Kerns, founded the show and whose daughter, Becky Williamson, now works with her to plan the annual exhibition.
“We always love seeing so many friends and colleagues who have been along on this ride with us for 40 years,” she said. “We work year-round to present the best show possible for Fort Wayne. The people who live here in the Tri-State area have so much pride in their homes, and we love being able to bring them the best and newest in home and garden products and services every year. We do our best to make the show a one-stop-shop for all things home and garden, and to make it an entertaining event that’s a great destination for the entire family.
“We are so grateful for the support and friendship of the people of Fort Wayne and surrounding areas, for 40 years now, and look forward to bringing the show to all of you for many, many years to come!”
The Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show runs Thursday, February 28 through Sunday, March 3 inside Allen County Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Avenue, Fort Wayne. Hours Thursday and Friday are 11 am to 9 pm; Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm.
Admission is $10 adults; $6 seniors 65 & better. Children 15 and under are free. Parking is $4 per vehicle in convenient, well-lit Coliseum lots.
Visit www.home-gardenshow.com for additional information, including details on $2 discount coupons for admission.
The Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show is presented by Windows, Doors & More, and sponsored by American Family Insurance. The show is a member of the Home & Garden Show Executives International, and has been selected for membership by Premier Home Shows, an organization affiliated with only the finest home and garden shows in North America.