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Home and Garden Show this weekend at PSHS

For 11 years, Pagosa Springs Home and Garden Show, sponsored by the Builders Association, a non-profit 501(c)(6), has welcomed spring to the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado with inspiration from the latest ideas and trends in building and landscaping to innovative renovations and remodeling and sustainable living products and services.

The Home and Garden show starts at 9 a. m. Saturday, May 15, and concludes at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 16, at our new location, the Pagosa Springs High School, 100 S. 8th St., in Pagosa Springs.

On Friday afternoon, the day before the show, there will be a huge push to transform our new location into an organized series of booths. It will be like watching our town come to life. First, a team will measure the building, both inside and out, plot out the spaces and put down non-stick painter’s tape to signify each vendor’s area. Then vendors will set up their own tables, chairs and displays. Around 1,200 visitors are expected. On Saturday morning at 9 a.m., the line of cars approaching the east entrance of the parking lot will be continuous, with excited visitors to the show. The first 400 visitors to attend receive an eco bag to collect brochures and take home free samples. All visitors get a layout of the show, a vendor list, and a schedule of seminars.

During the show Saturday and Sunday, the Builders Association invites you to walk around our expanded gallery of exhibits. With over 55 inside booths and 26 outside booths, this exciting marketplace is where you can find anything for your home or garden, old or new, to fit into anyone’s budget. You will see many new businesses coming into the show. The economic slowdown has motivated vendors to source new products lines and showcase new innovations into their exhibits.

Many new home builders and remodeling specialists will staff exhibits at the show. You will be able to consult contractors and browse their portfolios prior to seeking bids for projects big or small. Home energy conservation is a “hot” topic at the show this year, with many exhibits featuring products, services and rebates to help homeowners save money by weatherizing, installing solar energy or water-heating systems, or upgrading to more efficient stoves, furnaces and water heaters. Gardeners, too, will find much to explore with exhibits displaying landscaping, gadgets, mini-barns, fountains, ponds, garden art, greenhouses, landscape lighting, trees and shrubs, and spring and summer flowering plants. Wanting to change your interior furnishings? The show this year includes exhibits from local home furnishing retailers. Browse the selection and buy your items right off the floor!

The Builders Association has a history of assisting community associations. This year the association pledges to share one dollar of the home show admission of $2 per adult (students under 18 are free) to the Pagosa Springs High School Fine Arts Magnet Academy. Through this donation, the building industry professionals in Pagosa Springs will help create a community which reflects the values and cultures of the people who reside here. We believe it’s all about promoting the spirit of our community and our youth.

The theme of this year’s show, expressed in the exhibitors’ booth designs, is “Building a Better Community!” Why “Building a Better Community?” The Builders Association encourages exhibitors, visitors to the show, and volunteers to take a look at how they are participating in creating a community that is a “better place” for generations to come. The Builders Association sponsors the Home and Garden show to encourage construction and preservation of buildings that are assets to our community, not only because of the services they provide, but because of the unique contribution they make on the outside to the look and feel of our town. “Building a Better Community” crafts a vision for our future.

Education is a big part of the show this year. Free 30-minute seminars provide short learning opportunities by experts for you to solve your construction problems and expand your choices. Each seminar will be followed by questions and answers and brochures to take home. Use this learning tool whether you are building, remodeling, landscaping, or decorating your home. Topics cover water and mold problems in your crawlspace, weatherization, LEED certification and energy, window and door replacement, home health, fire safety, a new 203K Home loan program, heating and air solutions, foundation techniques, foam insulation, and County regulations and updated codes. Please consult the schedule below to pick several of your favorite topics to attend on both days.

Saturday, May 15

• Dusty Pierce, Pagosa Springs Frame and Finish, Water and Mold problems in your Crawlspace, 10-10:30 a.m.

• Heather Wyatt, 4CORE, Weatherization, 11-11:30 a.m.

• John Sjoblom, Archuleta Building County Department, Plan Submittal, noon-12:30 p.m.

• Mark Garcia, Energy Matters, LEED Certification and Energy, 1- 1:30 p.m.

• Rob Sachs, Sachs Windows and Doors, Window and Door Replacement, 2-2:30 p.m.

• Mary Jo Stevenson, PASCO/SW, Home Health, 2:45 p.m.

• Ron Thompson, Pagosa Fire Protection District, Fire Safety, 3- 3:30 p.m.

• Mitch Frank, Kingdom Timber and Frame, Central Boiler Outdoor Wood/Corn Pellet Furnaces, 3:30-4 p.m.

Sunday, May 16

• John Sjoblom, Archuleta Building County Department, County Typical, 9-9:30 a.m.

• Lisa DeCrammer, Wells Fargo, 203K Streamline, 10-10:30 a.m.

• Stan Maddux, Foam Insulation Specialist, Foam Insulation, 11- 11:30 a.m.

• Dusty Pierce, Pagosa Springs Frame and Finish, Water and Mold Problems in Your Crawlspace, noon-12:30 p.m.

• Felix Marti, Proven Technologies, Foundation Techniques, 1-1:30 p.m.

• Gordon McIver, PBS Heating and Air, Heating and Air Solutions, 2-2:30 p.m.

The Home and Garden Show hopes to foster a better community during the Home Show with free entertainment and activities for all ages, ongoing throughout the show. Children over 2 and under 16 can slide down the inflatable slide staffed by volunteers from Seeds of Learning; teens and adults can challenge their visual skills through construction logic games; and all will enjoy affordable, savory delights prepared by the Floured Apron and Christine’s Cuisine with breakfast and lunch items.

The Humane Society will host an Adopt-a-thon Saturday and Sunday; so if you’re looking to take home man’s best friend to lay by your recently purchased furnishings, you’ve come to the right place. At the Home Show you will even have the opportunity to ask questions of an Archuleta County census taker. She will tell you the census is important to our county and that every resident not counted costs the county $880 per year that could go for resources the county needs like housing, medical services, construction, roads, school lunches, Head Start, scholarships, senior services and libraries.

And last, don’t forget to purchase your raffle tickets; proceeds to go to making next year’s Home and Garden Show bigger and better. The Bucket Raffle will allow you to enter to win one or more donated items from Pagosa Spring’s merchants. Raffle items are still being donated. Current items include a new, black leather lounge chair from the Humane Society; a one-hour San Juan Essential Massage from the Springs Resort and Spa; a two-night stay for eight at the Coyote Hill Lodge; a spa package from the Spa at Pagosa Springs; $25 gift certificate from Slices of Nature; $15 gift certificate to the Pagosa Baking Company; $25 gift certificate to Victoria’s Cafe; Basket of handmade soaps, lotions, and lip balm from Mountain Mist Soaps/Peggy Andrews; family pass (for five, this summer) to the Wildlife Park; Spa Package for a one-hour private tub at the Overlook Mineral Springs Spa; coupons to Pagosa Game Space; two large pizzas from Farrago Market Cafe; rafting trip for two from Pagosa Rafting Outfitters; and lunch for two ($35) at Nello’s. So, come to the Home Show and enter. (You don’t need to be present to win). Tickets will be drawn at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 16.

Why should you attend the Home and Garden Show? To renew your enthusiasm for nature and affordable escapes, and to awaken your dreams.

This event will inspire you with countless ideas to enhance your home’s comfort and help you create a place that is innovative, beautiful and functional, along with increasing the overall value of your home. Come visit the Home and Garden show and make the threshold of your home an untapped paradise waiting for your personal expression.

For more information, contact Karen Davison at the Builders Association of Pagosa Springs, 731-3939.