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Great Big Home+Garden Show starts Saturday at I-X Center

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Feb 6, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    CLEVELAND — The Great Big Home + Garden Show presented by Carrier will return to the I-X Center Saturday and continue through Feb. 16 with more than 1,000 home industry experts to engage with and 650 exhibits to explore.

    New home improvement features, appearances by home and garden celebrities, and returning favorites from the 2013 show are sure to excite and surprise visitors.

    “The Great Big Home + Garden Show is a must-see for homeowners wanting to check out the latest trends, be inspired or get advice from the area’s leading home improvement experts, said Show Manager Rosanna Hrabnicky. “With more than 1,000 experts under one roof, attendees will find what they need to turn their home and garden dreams into a reality.”

    Produced by Solon-based Marketplace Events, this year’s Great Big Home + Garden Show will stage a multitude of local exhibitors that allow visitors to shop for home improvement contractors, lawn and garden services and equipment, home decor and other products and services that will offer attendees ideas and inspiration to transform any home or garden.

    Show times are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. this Saturday and Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Sunday and Feb. 16, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 14.

    Tickets cost $14 for general admission, $10 for seniors ages 65 and older (Monday through Thursday only), $9 apiece for group tickets (with a minimum of 20 in the group), $5 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the I-X Center box office, online at www.greatbighomeandgarden.com and at Discount Drug Mart and AAA locations.

    For more information, visit www.greatbighomeandgarden.com, the Home and Garden Events Facebook page and @GreatBigShow on Twitter.

    Here are more details about the show.

New features and attractions:

    Perrino Builders & Interiors returns for a second year to build the Idea Home that will inspire visitors with ideas for building, remodeling and decorating their own homes. A Vacation Home built by Weaver Barns will also provide extra inspiration. Landscaping surrounding the homes will be provided by Morton’s Landscaping.

    Belgard Hardscapes, Inc. will feature outdoor living spaces and add some flair to the restaurant located next to The Main Stage.

    Enjoy the show while making new connections at one of several Networking Nights planned throughout the show.

    Bring the children for a Home Depot Kid’s Workshop. As seen in your local Home Depot store, each child will get to build something and leave with their own orange workshop apron.

Returning favorites from 2013:

    The popular Garden Showcase will feature international-themed gardens created by some of Northeast Ohio’s top landscapers. These gardens will represent exotic locations from around the world and will be partnered with local restaurants that will offer samples during special tasting events from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

    The fully-constructed Dream Basement will showcase a large audio visual theater designed by Xtend Technologies and will be surrounded by colorful, lowmaintenance landscaping created by Morton’s Landscaping.

    The combined Main Stage and Loretta Paganini Cooking Stage will be bigger than ever to offer attendees the best of home improvement celebrity appearances with the opportunity to taste and enjoy culinary delights in one convenient location. A state-ofthe-art kitchen stage and vignette will be designed and built by Pepperwood Signature Homes & Remodeling for consumers to tour between stage presentations.

    Show attendees can relax and enjoy fine dining among the beauty of the Garden Showcase in the Cambria Bistro, a full-service, white tablecloth restaurant.

    The Celebrity Designer Rooms will feature a variety of rooms custom-designed by a Northeast Ohio design business or exhibitor and inspired by local television and radio personalities.

    At The Petitti Gardening Stage, daily gardening seminars on landscape design, flora and furnishing outdoor rooms will be held by Northeast Ohio landscape experts. The Petitti Floral Mart will also feature numerous outdoor furniture and plants to purchase.

    Children can have fun in Playground World’s KidsZone, featuring a variety of safe, high-quality playground equipment and exciting giveaways for parents.

Celebrity appearances:

    Host of DIY Network and HGTV’s Yard Crashers and Turf War, Ahmed Hassan w i l l appear on The Great Big Home + Garden Show’s Main Stage on Saturday a n d Sunday. With more than 20 years spent mastering the business of landscaping and home improvement, Hassan’s specialty is residential design, where he leans heavily on his experience of plant knowledge, soils, irrigation and garden maintenance. Along with appearing on the Network, Hassan also maintains his own landscape consulting, design and installation business in and around Sacramento, Calif. He’s currently producing web and promotional videos for the green industry. Learn more at www.ahmedhassan.tv.

    The Great Big Home + Garden Show will also feature Frank Fritz, co-star of History Channel’s hit show “American Pickers.” The TV show features Fritz, Mike Wolfe and Danielle Colby as they search the American landscape digging in barns, garages and junkyards for hidden treasures. Describing himself as a modern day recycler, Fritz is a buyer and seller of antique collectibles with particular interest in old motorcycles, toys, cars and anything unusual. His store Frank Fritz Finds (www.frankfritzfinds.com) is located in Illinois. Sponsored by Absolute Roofing & Construction, Frank will appear on The Main Stage Saturday, Feb. 15.

    The deliciously unique cooking personality you’ve seen on Food Network’s “ N e x t Food Network Star” and “Cupcake Wars,” Emily Ellyn, will appear on The Great Big Home + Garden Show’s Main Stage on Saturday and Sunday. Born and raised in Northern Ohio, Ellyn started the Retro Rad Cooking Movement and encourages everyone to dig through their mom’s recipe boxes, dust off their pressure cookers and crock pots, and take the old and make it new through retro recipe re-dos. Learn more at www.emilyellyn.com.

    Returning as this year’s Main Stage emcee, Matt Fox will delight show visitors with his quick wit, home improvem e n t knowledge and special educational presentations. Fox is best known for creating and cohosting the first and longestrunning show to air on HGTV, “Room by Room,” as well as hosting and producing the public television series “Around the House with Matt and Shari.” Learn more from his website, www.mattandshari.com.


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