Participating vendors: Adkisson Overhead Door, Adam Lancaster Lawn & Landscaping, Allen Blanc Restoration, Bath Fitter, Beavin & Sons Maintenance & Lawn, Better Business Bureau, Brandenburg Telephone Company, C&C Portables, Cecilian Bank, Crop Production Services, Econ Solar, Farmer’s Market, Fashion Floors, First Federal Savings Bank, Garden Path, Gutter Magician, Independent Amsoil -Tony Barr, Irvington Gas Company, Kerry Geer Wood Products, Kentucky Proud -Wanda Mabry, Meade County Bank, Meade County Beekeepers, Meade County Cattlemen Association, Meade County Chamber of Commerce, Meade County Extension Homemakers
Meade County Garden Club, Meade County RECC, Outdoor Specialties, Pike Lawn & Garden, Pike Electric, Rainbow Vac, Redmon’s Lawn Care, S & S Wood, Seal Smart, Shoppes at Otter Creek, Stoney Enterprises, Tony Brown Chevrolet/Skag, Exmark & Badboy, True Home Value-Primax, Written in Stone Garden Accents
People with an interest in either home improvement or gardening – or both – should mark their calendars for Saturday, March 29. That’s when the annual Meade County Home & Garden Expo will take place.
The event is being organized by the Meade County Area Chamber of Commerce and the Meade County Cooperative Extension Service to:
- Showcase the services both organizations provide the community.
- Allow businesses that provide home- and garden-related products and services to show and sell to the public.
- Provide opportunities for people to learn more about specific home and garden topics at a series of free, 30-minute seminars that will take place throughout the day.
The expo will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will take place inside and on the grounds of the Farm Bureau Community Center at the Meade County Fairgrounds in Brandenburg.
“Last year’s show was such a hit with 610 attendees, our largest audience since the Expo started in 2010. Exhibitor’s calls start in the fall to the chamber office asking about the show”, stated Chamber Director Logsdon. We survey each exhibitor following each year’s Expo and use that to improve from year to year. That information has been used to create better advertising of the event, and we will continue to improve and keep the rentals at an affordable price. This is a great opportunity to showcase your products, the value of the expo is reaching potential customers, and the turnout grows every year!”
The expo grew out of the extension service’s desire to expand its marketing efforts to let people know the number and variety of services it offers. “The extension service isn’t just for farmers,” says Jennifer Bridge, Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences. “We offer a whole range of services – everything from soil testing to classes on personal finance to an array of activities for young people.” It was a short step from there to decide to widen the scope of the event into a home and garden expo that would serve not only the extension service and the Chamber of Commerce but the entire community.”
In addition to Bridge and Logsdon, members of the planning committee are: Carole Goodwin, Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development, Andy Mills, Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Shirley Beavin, Boyd Emmert, and Bruce Howard, all members of the Meade County Extension Council who advise the extension service on programming.
This year’s class seminars:
10:00 a.m.—10:30 a.m. — “Ticks: How to Identify, Prevent and Control, Presented by: Charlie Logsdon, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area
10:45 a.m.—11:15 a.m. — “Native Plants and Flowers in Our Area,” presented by: Charlie Logsdon, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area
11:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m. — “Growing Giant Vegetables, Naturally and by Grafting,” presented by: Frank Mudd, Kentucky State Watermelon and Pumpkin Record Holder, and World Record Competitor
12:15 p.m.—12:45 p.m. —“Lighting, Inside and Out: Understand How It Can Save You Money” presented by: Tim Gossett, Meade County RECC
1:00 p.m.—1:30 p.m. —“Homeowner Scams,” presented by: Cathy Williamson, Better Business Bureau