Home Show fills venue with inspiration

Auburn Fall Home Show starts Friday, ends Sunday
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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A village of tiny houses, a fall beer garden, outdoor living and landscaping center and ideas, ideas, ideas are filling the Gold Country Fairgrounds and Event Center starting Friday and ending Sunday.

The fall version of the Auburn Home Show returns chock-full of inspiration — and not only to prospective buyers strolling a fairgrounds shaded with oaks and milling with thousands of people from the Auburn area and farther afield.

Solid Rock Concrete & Pavers of Roseville has been part of the home show for three years. Solid Rock’s Moses Garcia said he enjoys the opportunity after 23 years in the business of accepting new challenges that come with working with properties in the foothills.

“The bids we get here are often more challenging and that’s what you’re looking for after more than 20 years,” Garcia said.

Garcia added that he also loves the setting for the home show — his favorite one to go to each year in the region.

“The fairgrounds are a lot more embedded in nature,” Garcia said. “And people are more laid back.”

Auburn Journal recipe guru Gary Gilligan will be one of the featured chefs in the Tahoe Building each day, with demonstrations at noon Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Wondering what to do with your fall harvest? Earlene Eisley, with UC Master Canners, will lead daily demonstrations in the Sierra Building on canning everything from split pea soup to peach salsa. Eisley Nursery will give away 500 daffodil bulbs each day of the show at its booth.

But the real stars of the show just may be the 100-plus tradespeople who can make a property into a dream come true — with a little inspiration.

Show organizer Auburn Home Shows is advising visitors to take time before the show to jot down potential projects and a “wish list.” And instead of browsing, talk to vendors if interested in a product or service, Auburn Home Shows says.

Auburn Home Show

Show hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10-5 p.m. Sunday.

General admission is $8, with a senior admission people 65 and over on Friday of $3. Children 5-12 are $1 with an adult. Under 5, admission is free.