5 things to watch for at the Auburn Fall Home Show

Fire prevention demos are a highlight
By: Jon Schultz, Journal Staff Writer
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Thousands will descend on the Gold Country Fairgrounds today as the Auburn Fall Home Show opens its gates for the weekend, and patrons will have access to a plethora of different demonstrations, exhibits and vendors. Lani Johnston, the show’s owner and producer, sat down with the Journal to preview five things to watch for this weekend. Gates open at 11 a.m. today and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and the show runs until 6 p.m. all weekend. General admission is $7, children ages 5-12 get in for $1 and those younger than 5 enter for free. Seniors 65 and older enter for $2 today only. 1. Fire prevention demonstrations In light of the 2,650-acre Robbers Fire that ripped through Placer County in July, fire prevention and safety remains a hot topic, and the Home Show will spotlight the issue. The Western Placer County Fire Chiefs Association and Placer County Fire Safe Alliance are holding its third annual Fire Prevention Weekend, highlighted by a vehicle extrication demo tentatively scheduled for around noon on Saturday and Sunday near the baseball diamond. A Cal Star helicopter may even make an appearance for the demo, pending its availability at that time. “That’s always a big thing when people see the helicopter hovering over and then it comes and lands in the field,” Johnston said. Other demos will include dryer safety, barbecue safety and fire extinguisher use. 2. Solar and energy savings One of the most significant trends for home owners is saving on energy costs by going green, and the show features plenty of options for inspiration, ideas and products. In fact, 21 of the businesses attending feature some sort of solar energy service or product, Johnston said. Hot water, patios, pool heating, fans, sky lights and garden lights are among the various solar applications that will be available, she said. Vendors will also be exhibiting other ways to save energy such as having a home audited for its efficiency. 3. Landscaping The signature of the fall show is its vast amount of landscaping exhibits, Johnston said. An entire area is transformed into a meadow that features patios, stone work, gardening and more. An often overlooked section is the Forest Walk, which features several vendors along a tree-lined path located immediately to the right after entering the main gate. “It’s a very charming walkway,” Johnston said. “Really, a lot of people walk by it and they don’t know it existed.” 4. Tree climbing exhibition One company will be conducting an hourly “spurless” tree climbing demonstration throughout the weekend, Johnston said. Acton Arboriculture, located on the Main Road, will show patrons the method used when topping trees. “It’s really kind of fascinating,” she said. “I’ve had to use them before. … I had two trees go down once in a storm. “I’m glad there are people like that; that’s not something I want to do.” 5. Holiday remodeling Patrons won’t be able to walk more than a couple steps without tripping over an idea for that long-awaited update. “Particularly for the holiday season, this is the time people want to update their homes and get new carpeting, maybe get a new kitchen, bath, etc.,” Johnston said. “And this is prime time to get it scheduled.” Jon Schultz can be reached at