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This yearâ€™s new spring Home Show planners are in the process of applying a fresh coat of paint to the event by combining a new focus with its traditional format.
There are all sorts of changes in the offing, Owens Valley Contractors and Vendors Association President Dan Stone said: Tri-County Fair planned the first 17 Home Shows â€“ now itâ€™s OVCVAâ€™s baby. The showâ€™s new name is Home, Garden and Recreation Show. And, the event is striving to be a bit more family-friendly, he said.
OVCVA is hosting the 18th Annual Home, Garden and Recreation Show on Friday, May 3, from 5-10 p.m., and May 4, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. in the Tri-Country Fairgroundâ€™s Charles Brown Auditorium.
Stone said the OVCVA planning committee â€śhas been working hardâ€ť since December. â€śOur Association is doing a great job in our community and the Home Show is our biggest challenge so farâ€ť in terms of the sheer number of people and amount of details involved.
The event had â€śbeen going backwardsâ€ť in recent years, so â€śweâ€™re planning to reinvent it, without taking anything from the traditional show.â€ť He said that OVCVA is attracting new vendors and adding new demonstrations, including ones that appeal to all age groups.
Efforts to increase the family-friendliness of the 2013 Home, Garden and Recreation Show include the addition of live music, appropriate for all ages, on Saturday, Stone said, a bicycle safety check and discounted pet vaccinations.
Stone said that this event is a place for vendors to showcase their businesses, be they contractors, crafters, home improvement, remodeling, retail, renewable energy, nonprofits or otherwise. They â€świll have the opportunity to generate leads, make immediate sales, create product awareness and build relationships that will drive your business throughout the coming year,â€ť according to the OVCVA.
Vendor lures include use of tables, chairs and electric; special sponsor offers and a free, OVCVA-hosted, pre-trade-show, spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m., April 25 at the fairgroundâ€™s Tallman Pavilion. The special guest speaker, Kern Community College District Workforce Development Director Bob Hawkes, will discuss ways to most-effectively present businesses at trade shows.
According to Stone, many 2012 vendors will be returning and returning vendors will have first-rights to their 2013 home show space, he said.
â€śA lot of new vendors have committed, too,â€ť Stone added, noting that new food vendors will also be making a premier showing.
â€śWe know the Charles Brown is going to be full and there will be vendors on the outside, too.â€ť Still, non-vendors are welcome to help out. â€śWe need volunteers to help,â€ť Stone said.
Stone expressed gratitude to event co-sponsor Suddenlink Communications and title sponsors, KIBS/KBOV and The Inyo Register, both of whom have been â€śloyal for 18 years.â€ť
Stone said vendor applications will be available in Bishop this coming Monday, Feb. 25, at the Bishop Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, 690 N. Main St.; KIBS/KBOV, U.S. 395 south of town; and the Tri-County Fairground office at Sierra Street and Fair Drive.
For more information, contact Stone at (760) 920-8950 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.ovcva.org.