9:00am - 3:30pm
Indian Hills Community College
The 2019 Home & Garden Show is set for Feb. 23-24
Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event will be held at Bridge View Center.
For more information, call the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce at 641-682-3465 or visit www.ottumwachamber.org
The Ottumwa Home & Garden Show returns in 2019 and is set for Feb. 23-24, said Shea Greiner, executive director of the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve had a great response,” she said. “We already have several new vendors and those that haven’t done it for several years. We’re pretty excited.”While the event is returning to more of the traditional home and garden focus, there are new partnerships. Greiner said the show is partnering with the Ottumwa YMCA to provide free child care for up to two hours.
Alliant Energy is also a partner of the show, and they will be bringing in speakers Pete Seyfer and Megan Turner, hosts of Iowa Public Television’s “PowerHouse.”
One big draw for the Sunday portion of the show comes from “American Pickers.” Greiner said Frank Fritz, one of the stars of the show, will be at the expo throughout the day Sunday. “I’m looking forward to meeting Frank Fritz,” she said. “I love watching him on American Pickers.’”
The Chamber is busy scheduling even more speakers. She said Mike Dunlap, who operates the Tenco greenhouses, is on tap to speak on gardening. They’ve spoken with Fareway to bring in the store’s nutritions to talk about healthy eating and preparing healthy meals for families.
They are currently working on lining up speakers for subjects such as curb appeal and remodeling as well.
“We’re bringing it back more to a home and garden show, focusing on home and garden issues,” Greiner added.
She said vendor spots are filling fast, but those interested in being a vendor for the show can contact to Chamber at 641-682-3465; they aim to have about 70 vendors for the 2019 show.
While the show won’t have free admission, advance tickets will be available at a discounted rate. Greiner said information on purchasing tickets will be available after the first of the year. Attendees will be able to purchase tickets at the door, but not at the discounted rate.
Greiner is excited to be bringing back in Ottumwa tradition. “It’s just another community event to bring the community together,” she said. “There was a lack of events in the winter, and people were begging us to bring this back. We’re giving them what they want: a Home & Garden Show.”
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