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Everyone is in the mood to get outdoors and start sprucing up their homes.
And the Livingston County Home & Garden Show is just the place to learn how to do it.
About 200 vendors and exhibitors will display their wares and talents at the 52nd annual show from Friday through Sunday at the Howell High School Fieldhouse, 1200 W. Grand River Ave. in Howell.
The show is being held about three weeks later than in years past.
“That was due to a conflict with the Lansing Home & Garden Show (on March 19-22),” said Brenda Barone of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce, who is the event coordinator. “It wasn’t a big issue with visitors attending the show, it was more of an issue with exhibitors because they tend to exhibit at both shows.”
The show is hosted by the chamber and sponsored by the Hartland Insurance Agency and the Livingston Daily Press & Argus.
Barone said the event continues to grow and draw county residents of all ages and interests.
“We keep bringing more and more things to the show geared toward families,” she said. “It’s not just for adults looking for remodeling and gardening ideas, it’s for the whole family.”
Admission to the show is $6 for adults and $5 for seniors 60 and older. Admission is free for children and students accompanied by an adult.
The show is open from 5-8 p.m. Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
New to the show this year is a butterfly exhibit Sunday. The exhibit is sponsored by the Howell Conference and Nature Center. Guests can enter an enclosure and feed the butterflies while learning learn about butterfly habitat, conservation and how to create butterfly gardens.
The Taste of Livingston is a popular feature at the show each year. For 75 cents a taste, attendees can sample food from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday from restaurants, delis and caterers in the Howell High School cafeteria.
“If you have one person who wants burgers, one person who wants pizza … you can please everyone in your family in one stop on this one day in Howell,” said Karly Lanehart, coordinator of the Taste of Livingston.
Last year, nearly 10,000 of the 75-cent tickets were sold, Lanehart said.
The Neighborhood Marketplace, where shoppers can find a variety of items, also returns this year after making its debut at the show in 2014.
If you have a green thumb, the Livingston County Master Gardeners Association will be at the Michigan State University Smart Gardening Booth from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, offering tip sheets on various gardening topics and answering gardening questions. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, the Four Seasons Bonsai Club of Michigan will have displays and information about bonsai.
Even if you don’t own a home or tend a garden, there are plenty of things to do and see at the show.
The Fine Arts Show will display the work of local artists all three days in the Howell High School commons next to the high school cafeteria. The arts show is coordinated by the Livingston Fine Arts Association, and all art on display is available for sale.
Other highlights of the three-day show include:
Get rid of old documents for free at the Shred Day event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Corrigan Record Storage will collect business and personal documents for shredding. Look for the Corrigan truck in the circular drive near the fieldhouse parking lot.
Saint Joseph Mercy Health Systems is offering free blood-pressure checks, body-mass-index measurements and information/consultative services for the Health Exchange Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Meet Superman and Lois Lane from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, courtesy of Community Theatre of Howell, which will stage “It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s … Superman!” from May 7- 17.
A Kids Zone, sponsored by Chem Trend, offers free activities for children during the show’s first two days.
For more information, contact Barone of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce at 517-546-3920 or at [email protected]
AT A GLANCE
What: Livingston County Home & Garden Show
When: Friday through Sunday The show is open from 5-8 p.m. Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Howell High School Fieldhouse, 1200 W. Grand River Ave. in Howell