LANCASTER – Local homeowners looking for new ways to bring efficiency and style to their properties will flock to the 27th annual Antelope Valley Home Show next week.
Featuring more than 125 diverse vendors, the event will take place Friday, March 27, through Sunday, March 29, at the A.V. Fairgrounds, located at 2551 West Avenue H in Lancaster. (View the list of Home Show vendors for 2015 here.]
“We have completely remodeled the Home Show with the new addition of emergency services and special guest James Young to the event,” Fair spokeswoman Wendy Bozigian stated. “The Home Show is the place for clever ideas, products and services… we’re looking forward to a great show!”
New to the Home Show
Saturday and Sunday will feature special appearances by celebrity guest James Young, host of DIY Network’s “I hate my Kitchen” and licensed contractor of large-scale commercial and residential projects.
Young specializes in kitchen remodeling that includes the latest designs, products and innovations, without breaking the bank.
This year’s Home Show also includes an Emergency Expo, which will highlight first responders from various agencies, including the Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.), California Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, American Red Cross and the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The fire department is bringing its Shakey Quakey Schoolhouse, a highly-specialized earthquake simulator designed to educate children about how to prepare for and stay safe during an earthquake. Once participants enter the trailer, they are guided through an exercise where they see, feel and react to the sensations of a virtual earthquake, including shaking, falling objects and sounds. Each segment is free of charge and approximately three minutes in length. Shakey Quakey Schoolhouse hours are from 12 to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Exciting challenges and children’s activities
An exciting obstacle challenge between first responders and community groups will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday. A second obstacle challenge is planned for Sunday at 1 p.m. between various local mascots, including A.V. Fair’s “Alfie Alfalfa”, Lancaster Jethawk’s “Kaboom”, and California Highway Patrol’s “Chipper”. Both obstacle courses are being set up by Monster Crossfit, and the winners will receive trophies and ribbons.
Activities for the kids include free “make and take” crafts projects sponsored by Lowes Home Improvement on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free ice cream for children, ages 12 and under, will be provided by California Dairy Distributors and distributed at the A.V. Fair booth, while supplies last.
Professional Home Show exhibitors will showcase and demonstrate their products and offer time and money-saving advice. The popular landscaping and “How To” seminars are returning this year (view the schedules here); and discount vegetable and drought-resistant plants will be available for purchase.
Agricultural seminars on subjects ranging from decorative desert landscaping and growing vegetables to lighting and accents will be led by experts that include Neal Weisenberger. Master Food Preservation presentations will be led by Nancee Siebert, Greta Dunlap, Pam Aitcheson, Bettina Gatti, Melanie Binkley and Chef Hae Jung Cho. “How to” seminars will be demonstrated by Home Show and Emergency Expo vendors throughout the show.
The Ultimate Garden Giveaway will be returning to the Home Show, as well. Attendees interested in winning free products and services must fill out entry forms at participating on-site vendor booths to be entered into drawings to win prices. Winners will be chosen on Sunday.
Admission and parking
Admission to the 27th annual Antelope Valley Home Show and Emergency Expo is free on opening day – Friday, March 27, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29, is $5 for adults (ages 12-61) and $3 for seniors (ages 62+). Children, ages 11 and under, are admitted free with a paid adult. Hours for Saturday and Sunday are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily parking is $5 all day.
For a complete schedule of events and to purchase tickets online, visit avfair.com or call (661) 948-6060
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article had an incorrect admission price for adults. The cost is $5 for adults (ages 12-61). We made the revision above.