Getting revved up for Maple Ridge home show

More than 350 exhibitors will be at this year's event at the Albion Fairgrounds in Maple Ridge

As many as 350 vendors will take part in the home show

More than 350 exhibitors will converge on Planet Ice and the Golden Ears Winter Club for the upcoming Ridge Meadows Home Show.

Everything from home renovations, construction, decor, furniture, electronics, landscaping, outdoor equipment, health and wellness, housewares, beauty, cooking and wine will be on display May 4, 5, and 6.

“There will be everything from backyard living, barbecuing and gardening through to extreme sports and river rafting,” said Cassandre Winder, project coordinator for the Ridge Meadows Home Show.

“We want to get people revved up and excited about doing cool things in the community.”

Planet Ice will be divided into two sections for the home show and the Golden Ears Winter Club will play host to a third section.

The first section will contain everything from home renovation to landscaping. The second section will be the marketplace, where you can find great household gadgets and girl’s stuff. The third section will focus on home decor.

Award-winning interior designer Ronnie Vanstone, a senior partner with Design Alley and eight-time designer of the PNE prize home, will be hosting interactive seminars and presentations.

Gordon Desormeaux, known as Chef Dez, a government certified ‘Red Seal’ chef, will be hosting barbecuing demonstrations.

Ongoing demonstrations and how-to seminars will take place throughout the weekend in addition to tasty food tidbits and free product samples.

“We are careful and put a lot of thought to who we put in the show,” said Winder. “You will be able to get information on kind of unusual things that you can’t get in the stores.”

There will be more exhibits outside Planet Ice, too.

The free Family Fun Zone will run again this year, with plenty of physical activities for children. SportFit will be back again with activity based stations, testing the fitness of your child.

There will also live performances, including Bobs and Lolo of Treehouse TV fame, children’s entertainer Pamela Sunshine, Showstoppers Academy of Performing Arts, Rock School high school band, jazz singer Lydia Querengesser, the Bergthorson Glee Club Choir, Lisa Shepherd’s Métis dancers and singer/guitarist Dom Fera.

This year’s Outdoor Lifestyle and Leisure Show will have activities for all ages in a tent village on the fairgrounds.

Children from six to 12 years old will have the opportunity to learn how to ride a mini motorcycle on a special driving course. Western Powersports’ Young Riders Academy of Langley will be setting up an enclosed course with hay bales and the 20-minute training session will include personalized, individual instruction by trained professionals on either a Yamaha TTR50E or TTR90.

Protective gear will be provided.

For adults, there will be the longest drive competition, presented by Nevada Bob’s Meadowtown and Heather Hills Farm and Golf Course, with the winner receiving a one-year membership at Heather Hills, and plenty of prizes for the runners up.

The Psychic Fair will be in its 17th year at the fair.

On the Friday, there will be a special medium night.

The Family Fun Zone, the Outdoor Lifestyle and Leisure Show and the Psychic Fair are free with admission to the show. There will be a small fee for readings at the Psychic Fair.

“It is going to be another great show,” Winder said of one of western Canada’s largest home shows. “We’ve been working hard and there are lots of new faces.”

There are still a handful of home show booths left to rent in a couple of different categories.

• For more information call 604-467-3950. Admission to the Home Show is $3 per person, or $6 for a family. Parking is free.

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