IF YOU GO…
• Show hours: Friday, February 24 from 3-9 p.m.; Saturday, February 25 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, February 26 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Find all details and an exhibitor list at hbafm.com.
• Show guides were inserted in The Forum and are available at all Hornbacher’s locations.
• Admission is $10. Ages 18 and under are free. $6 advance tickets will be available at the Fargodome and at hbafm.com February 1 – 23. $2 off coupons will be available in the show guides and at hbafm.com starting February 20 (not valid with other promotions or coupons). A two-for-one admission special will be all day Sunday.
• Check out Design & Living Magazine’s booth in the main entrance where you can register to win two Level 1 elevated reserved seats and two meet & greet back stage passes to the Eco Chic Design Conference on Saturday, April 22. You can also find the newest issue of the magazine at the entrances of the event.
A LOOK AT THE EVENT
The Red River Valley Home & Garden Show is in its 56th year and is different things to different people.
Maria is a mom who’s excited to walk around the show to make home improvement plans, while her husband helps the kids find “treasures” at different booths or construct a LEGO creation.
Dan is a young professional who’s looking forward to having a beer, stretching his legs and seeing the newest in home trends.
Susan is a retiree who enjoys the community aspect of the show, heading out with her friends to take in the workshops and prepare for her summer of gardening and grilling.
Home Builders Association Chief Executive Officer Bryce Johnson said, “Many people watch HGTV and get inspired by those shows, but there are some projects you really should trust to the professionals. An event like our show provides access to hundreds of building industry related exhibitors under one roof.”
Organizers have added extra perks like the Treasure Hunt and Beer Walk and provide many options for discounts if people are looking to bring their family, spouse or friends. For example, there is a two-for-one admission special all day on Sunday.
Planning to bring your little ones to the Home & Garden Show? The Treasure Hunt is for kids age 12 and under and will entertain them while you explore, visit with exhibitors and learn.
The first stop on the hunt is booth C565, Design Direction, Inc., located near the east entrance. Pick up a treasure hunt map and special backpack for your kids to carry all their treasures. After that, it’s up to you to make your own path and stop at as many participating booths as you’d like. Kids must have the hunt-provided backpack to participate. The hunt is limited to the first 500 kids.
Home Builders Care Foundation Beer Walk
Now in its second year, the Home Builders Care Foundation Beer Walk will happen the last two hours of the show Friday and Saturday. Attendees pay just $5 to sample a variety of beers at exhibitor booths.
The Beer Walk’s proceeds go to Home Builders Care Foundation, the Home Builders Association of F-M’s charity that provides scholarships to local students interested in building-industry careers and supports projects related to the housing industry. Learn more about Home Builders Care at hbcfm.com.
LEGO Homebuilding Competition
Home Builders Care of Fargo Moorhead Foundation is hosting its third annual LEGO homebuilding competition at the Red River Valley Home & Garden Show on February 25. Children ages 5 to 12 will compete in building houses out of LEGOS. Structures can be single-or multifamily, but must be homes. The homes will be judged on creativity, structure and livability.
Free for children meeting the age requirements, there are only 20 spots available in each of the four age groups. Pre-registration is required using the online form at hbcfm.com. Each registrant will receive two free tickets to enter the Red River Valley Home & Garden Show. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.
The team from North Dakota State University’s BBQ Boot Camp will dish out information on barbecuing and current topics in the pork, beef, lamb and turkey industries. They will process a side of pork so attendees can see where their favorite retail cuts come from.
NDSU Professor Eric Berg said, “We like to keep the conversation interactive, entertaining and informative. We’ll explain why some cuts need to be cooked at low temperature, at high humidity, for a longer period of time and others can be cooked more rapidly over high heat. We’ll cover how people can save money by purchasing a larger wholesale, bone-in cut of meat and doing a little butchery on their own.”
The BBQ Boot Camp workshops will have savory samples for people to try, and demonstrate how to prepare those recipes.
Joe Bergeson of Bergeson Nursery will discuss growing fruit in the north, combining annuals and perennials and the four seasons of color.
At his workshops, Bergeson said attendees can plan to hear “straight talk about plants and trees from a local whose family has been growing and selling plants and trees in this area for over 75 years.”
“The Home & Garden Show is awesome,” he said. “I love talking about plants and getting people fired up for spring. Gardening should be fun, not a source of stress, so my advice to people is to learn how to be lazy.”
Additionally, the team from Accent Kitchen & Bath will deliver “Kitchens & Baths: Trends, Ideas & Journeys” and a group of local experts will present a “DIY Fails” workshop.