The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Home Show is May 3

Lots new at Ridge home show

The Outdoor Lifestyle and Leisure Show will be a major portion of the Home Show, with an emphasis on backyard gardens.

Close to four hundred exhibitors will be at the Ridge Meadows Home Show, featuring everything from interior design, home renovations, outdoor lifestyle, health and wellness and family fun.

The Outdoor Lifestyle and Leisure Show will be a major portion of the Home Show (May 3, 4, and 5), with an emphasis on backyard gardens. There will be vendors for hot tubs, barbecues, fire pits, swimming pools, including the new endless pool and out of the ordinary outdoor furnishings.

“It was a natural progression to move the quality of booths we have inside, outside, into the Outdoor Show, but changing it up just enough so that it is unique and different,” said Cassandre Winder, Ridge Meadows Home Show project coordinator.

New to the Outdoor Show will be a direct-from-the-grower plant sale. High-quality bedding plants, planters and window boxes full of flowers will be for sale in addition to the popular hanging baskets.

Also new this year will be a Swim and Active Wear Fashion Show.

A fashion show featuring “real women” as models, with enough theatrics and performances to make it interesting, says Winder. The fashion show will take place at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday only on the new stage located in the middle of the fairgrounds.

A big draw for families at the Outdoor Show will be the BMX track. A track will be built on site beside the main Fairgrounds stage. Families are invited to try out the sport. Bicycles and helmets will be provided along with instruction by Canadian Olympic BMX coach, Adam Muys.

There will also be BMX demonstrations.

The Try It Zone will feature golf and tennis. There will also be a number of people promoting active lifestyles with a Participation Bring Back Play presentation.

Yuen’s Family Martial Arts will have a Ninjas obstacle course.

There will be a Creative Craft Kingdom, a petting zoo and bouncy castle.

Norden the Magician, voted the 2012 KIDabra Children’s Entertainer of the year, will be headlining the main stage.

In the corral by Golden Ears Winter Club, Western Powersports will be holding the Western Yamaha Riding Academy.

In addition to riding mini-motorcycles, children will also get to try out mini-quads. Safety equipment and instruction by professionals will be provided at the closed off track.

The West Coast Amusements midway will be set up at the west side of the fairgrounds for rides, games and concessions.

Nevada Bob’s Golf and Heather Hill’s Farm and Golf Course will be holding the longest drive competition. The winning drive will receive a one year membership at Heather Hill’s.

Admission to the Outdoor Show and Family Festival is free.

Inside, the Home Show will have everything from interior design ideas, how-to home renovations and delicious product samples.

Award-winning interior designer, Ronnie Vanstone of Design Alley Interiors will have a fully stocked design studio at the Home Makeover Showcase with hundreds of samples of texture, colour and finish for interior design projects. Vanstone and her team of experts will be conducting complimentary consultations and holding information seminars all weekend long. Bring in your project photos or sketches and Vanstone will help you choose paint, wallpaper, cabinetry, appliances, tiles, flooring, window coverings, interior and patio furnishings, custom art glass, lighting, fireplaces and accessories.

Haney Builders will be taking over a large section of building, bringing  home renovation experts and knowledgable factory representatives to give one-on-one advice on products and answer questions.

This year human traffic will be rerouted through the Golden Ears Winter club lobby where a new sampling area will be set up.

“So, the first thing you are going to do when you get to the show is have a little nibble and sample various products and then you go into the show,” said Winder.

The Home Show will also be giving away a $2,500 room makeover.

To enter, ‘Like’ the Ridge Meadows Home Show on Facebook. Then post a photo of the room you would like for the makeover on the timeline of the Make-Over Contest album. Get your friends and family to ‘Like’ your photo and the Ridge Meadows Home Show. The photo with the most ‘Likes’ will win. Contest closes May 5 at midnight. The winner will be notified by May 10.

Provision of materials, installation and labour is limited to a room with the dimensions of 14 by 16 or the equivalent square footage and larger rooms may be subject to a fee for service and increase in cost of materials. The prize is non-transferrable and has no cash value. It must be accepted as awarded. The contest is open to Lower Mainland residents only.

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