Leave the ordinary behind and get inspired to beautify your spaces at the Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show at State Fair Park next weekend.
With experts and vendors in landscaping, remodeling, cooking and design, the show offers an attraction for people with a variety of home improvement interests. Show hours will be noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 19 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 20.
The show will feature more than 500 local and national exhibitors, giving attendees access to ideas and styles for the spring season. The event will showcase ideas, expert advice, products and services for home improvement projects.
Admission is $11, and children under 12 will be admitted free. For a $2 discount, tickets can be purchased online at www.OklahomaCityHomeShow.com or at the customer service desk at Buy for Less stores. The show will offer free admission on Friday to anyone in the military, fire department or police force. A valid service ID must be presented at the show office in the east entrance of Cox Pavilion. Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity will sell discounted tickets at the ReStore, 1835 Industrial Blvd in Norman, with a portion of the cost benefiting Habitat.
Special attractions include:
• Ahmed Hassan of HGTV & DIY Network's “Yard Crashers”
Hassan's enthusiasm and talent for landscaping are reflected in his work on and off the screen. Featured on numerous HGTV and DIY Network shows, including “Yard Crashers,” “Green Me Up” and “Blog Cabin,” Hassan will share his landscape expertise and give advice about going green, gardening on a budget and how to increase home value with landscaping.
Outside the spotlight, Hassan runs his own landscape design, installation and consulting company that focuses on transforming natural spaces into art. Hassan describes his presentation for the show as, “a mixture of stand-up comedy, storytelling and a horticulture class.”
• Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity: “Chair-ity”
Attendees will be able to support Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity by bidding on chairs decorated by local artists and celebrities. This “chair-ity” fundraiser transforms average wooden chairs from ReStore into works of art that are stylish and functional.
• How does earth stack up?
Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity is partnering with the University of Oklahoma's Sustainable Building program to build Oklahoma's first house constructed entirely of compressed earth blocks. Soil blocks are compacted using high pressure to make a durable, cost-effective and energy-efficient building material. Compressed earth blocks will be displayed and explained.
• Oklahoma Beef Cook-Off
People from across the state submitted their best beef recipes for the Oklahoma Beef Cook-Off hosted by the Oklahoma Beef Council and CattleWomen Association. The finalists and grand prizewinning recipes will be announced at the Oklahoma City Home & Garden show followed by a sampling and a cooking demonstration. Attendees will learn some of Oklahoma's best beef appetizer recipes and how to buy and prepare beef on a budget.
• “Treasure Island” garden
TLC Landscape & Design have designed a garden featuring a 20-foot sunken pirate ship surrounded by a sea of colorful flowers. Other types of foliage that are hardy in Oklahoma weather will be a main component of the exhibit design as well as an outdoor living area. Gardening experts and landscape designers will be available to answer questions and give advice on landscaping projects.
• “Old Mexico” landscape
Local experts from Tony's Tree Plantation will present a themed landscape display featuring a design with fountains, stone columns, authentic Mexican imports such as pottery and metalwork, stone fire pits and exotic plants and flowers. Tony's Tree Plantation experts will be present at the exhibit to share advice, answer questions and give landscaping tips.
• Made in Oklahoma
This interactive feature allows guests to view and buy products made in Oklahoma. Attendees can learn interesting facts about people, places, events, food and traditions native to Oklahoma.
• Local chef demonstrations
Attendees can learn the latest recipes as local chefs share their tips on making delectable dishes.