Ridge Meadows Home Show draws more than 25,000

Beautiful weather, lots of ideas, activities, had Albion fairgrounds busy

Taliya Matthews

More than 25,000 people passed through the Ridge Meadows Home Show over the weekend, whether it was people out to get ideas for a home makeover, or those attending the free Especially for Seniors concert featuring “Nearly Neil” Diamond.

“And they knew all the words,” said Cass Winder, the show’s coordinator.

She said the show’s vendors bring in new models and new brands, and each year the organizers try to create a fresh atmosphere. Expanding outdoors in recent years has opened all kinds of opportunities.

“It gave us the space for diversity,” said Winder.

She said the BMX club’s Action Sports Extreme Stunt Show was again a big hit with the crowds, as kids get to try the sport themselves, and then watch a Red Bull pro rider stretch the limits of what’s possible on a bike.

“They have their own grounds, and it’s amazing what they do out there,” she said.

The weekend’s summery weather was perfect for the outdoor exhibits and activities, from the dog show to paintball to birdhouse building.

The food truck festival was a hit, bringing back memories of the show’s old “A Taste of Ridge Meadows” feature. At least one operator told Winder that she had sold out of product on Saturday, left to reload, and then sold out again.

The outdoor activities are free, and admission indoors is just $4. Winder says that’s part of the reason the event is such a hit with families, and it wouldn’t be possible without the assistant of 250 volunteers – most of them high school students.

“We were very pleased with the show, and we were very pleased with the response from the community,” said Winder.

“The crowds were amazing – we had our overflow lot filled to capacity at about noon on Saturday, and it stayed that way the whole day.

“It was just smoking – we were well over 25,000.”

Winder said the task of the organizers is to keep the show fresh every year, within the successful format that they have come upon. So she is looking for an Elvis to entertain at Especially for Seniors next year, at a suggestion from some in this year’s crowd.

“We’ll see if we can find an Elvis who meets our standards.”

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