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Livingston County Home & Garden Show highlights latest and greatest in home improvement and landscaping

HOME AND GARDEN SHOWThe Livingston County Home & Garden Show — center of the home improvement ideas-and-inspiration universe — is set for Friday, April 8, through Sunday, April 10, at the Howell High School Fieldhouse, 1200 W. Grand River Ave. in Howell. The 2016 show is hosted by the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Hartland Insurance Agency and Livingston Daily Press & Argus.

“It’s a wonderful community event that connects people eager for inspiration and ideas to the latest and greatest in home and garden projects and products,” said Pat Convery, president of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce. “The Home & Garden Show brings together everything homeowners could possibly dream of, and it offers builders, landscapers and home improvement companies the opportunity to showcase their skills, products and services.”

Not just home improvement
This year’s Livingston County Home & Garden Show features a whole lot more than just home improvement.

Show-goers can sample great food at the Taste of Livingston, shop at the Neighborhood Marketplace, enjoy a Fine Arts Show, get important information at the Community Resource Fair, dispose of personal documents at the Shred Day event, consult with master gardeners, and check out new cars and trucks from local auto dealers.

“The Home Show Committee has put together quite a weekend,” said Brenda Barone, coordinator of the event. “There is something for everyone, from do-it-yourselfers to people looking to hire contractors for their projects, to those who want to get some inspiration.”

Barone singled out Art Craft Display and Country Lane Flower Shops for their work on the Livingston County Home & Garden Show.  “Art Craft provides the floor plan design, booths, drapery, tables, chairs aisle carpeting and labor for the show,” Barone said. “And Country Lane helps welcomes our guests with the flowers and beautiful greenery at the entrance to the show. We are thrilled to have them on board again this year.”

Taste of Livingston
The popular Taste of Livingston County — which has become an annual pilgrimage for hungry folks eager to sample a wide variety of food — runs 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Howell High School cafeteria. For 75 cents a taste, people get to sample delicious dishes from some of the areas best restaurants, delis and caterers.

Fine Arts Show
Throughout the Home & Garden Show weekend, the work of local artists will be on display in the Howell High School commons located next to the high school cafeteria. The popular arts show is coordinated by the Livingston Fine Arts Association, and all art on display is available for sale.

Community Resource Fair
Hosted by the Livingston County United Way, the Community Resource Fair features a wide variety of local non-profit and community organizations.

Kids’ Zone
Sponsored by Chem-Trend, the Kid Zone provides FREE entertainment for children on Friday and Sunday in the balcony area. On Saturday, various children activities will also be provided by Wildwood Ranch.

Get rid of all those old documents
The Shred Day event, set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, is open to the public. Corrigan Record Storage will collect business and personal documents for shredding at its facility following the event FREE of charge! Just look for the Corrigan Records truck in the circular drive near the Field House parking lot.

Get your green thumb on
Visit Master Gardeners on Saturday and Sunday during the show. On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Porter’s Orchids and New World Orchids will display orchids, provide educational information and have plants for sale.   On Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Livingston County Master Gardeners Association will offer tips on various gardening topics and answer gardening questions.

There will also be landscape companies showcasing the latest and greatest in outdoor trends and supplies throughout the Home & Garden Show weekend.

You can’t win if you don’t enter
Each day of the show, one lucky person will win $500 in Home Show Bucks, spendable just like cash with any of the Home & Garden Show exhibitors. All event-goers need to do is fill out their ticket stub for a chance to win.  In addition to the daily winners, an additional $500 in Home Show Bucks will be awarded in a special drawing of visitors to the show’s balcony area.

Make your plans
The Livingston County Home & Garden Show is open 5- 8 p.m. Friday, April 8; 9 a.m. to  6 p.m. Saturday, April 9; and 11 a.m. to  4 p.m. Sunday, April 10.

Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for senior citizens (60+). Children and students accompanied by an adult are free.

The first 50 people in line at the ticket window on Friday get in for FREE. The ticket window opens at 4:30 p.m.

Need more information?
For more information on the Livingston County Home & Garden Show, contact Brenda Barone at the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce. Reach her by phone at 517.546.3920, or email her at bbarone@howell.org.

You can also visit the Livingston County Home & Garden Show website at livingstoncountyhomeshow.com.

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