Home, Garden show is this weekend

Spring has nearly sprung, and with it, the chance to hear from gardening and home improvement experts at the 2016 Home & Garden Expo.

The event begins Friday and goes through Sunday at Iowa Central Community College’s East Campus.

The annual weekend of trade show exhibits and educational seminars is presented by The Messenger in partnership with the Fort Dodge Homebuilders’ Association and Iowa Central

Leanne Darr, events coordinator with The Messenger, said two of those speakers are familiar names at the Home & Garden Expo.

“We’re bringing back Bill McAnally and Jerry Kluver,” Darr said. “This will be Jerry Kluver’s last time coming to a show, as he has retired.”

McAnally, a construction expert from Fort Dodge, will be speaking about “how to remodel or build a home that is healthy, durable and energy-efficient,” according to Darr.

Kluver, of Ankeny, works in the lawn and garden department for Hy-Vee. He will be speaking about gardening.

McAnally will be speaking at 10 a.m. on Saturday, while Kluver will be speaking at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

In addition, Darr said this year the Home & Garden Expo will feature two new speakers, both from North Central Iowa Services.

“Jesse Winters is going to be speaking on solar,” she said. “And Mitch Fridolfson will be speaking on geothermal.”

Darr said in addition to the speakers, there will also be more than 60 vendors.

“There will be a wide variety,” she said. “We have heating, Stone Creek with their landscaping, durable concrete flooring.”

New to the expo this year will be Wausau Homes, of Dubuque.

Other fields represented include garage doors, roofing and flooring, gutters, foundation repair and lawn and tree care.

Kitchen and bath supplies, as well as information on spas, water systems and backyard grills will also be discussed.

Darr said admission to the expo is $3 or two canned goods that will be donated to a local food pantry.

She added that those interested in home work should attend the event.

“If they’re doing any home improvement or remodeling,” she said, “it’s a great way to see the products they have.”