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Auburn show has all the comforts of home

By: Gloria Young Home & Garden
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It’s an idea factory for home improvement. The annual Auburn Fall Home Show brings together more than 800 exhibits for everything from roofing and kitchen remodels to patios and gardening. Visitors will not only be able to ponder the latest in counter surfaces and flooring, they’ll see the state-of-the-art in solar power. “From what I understand, there are some unique twists to solar,” show owner and producer Lani Johnston Horan said Tuesday. “There’s always something new coming up with solar — what they can power and additional uses.” For those who want some ideas on how to incorporate it into their planning, PG&E will present a seminar on solar energy Saturday. For Horan, one of the most exciting things about this year’s show is the grand prize. “We’re giving away a two-acre lot,” she said. It’s something she’s been working on for quite awhile. “It just took a little time to make it come through,” she said. “I think it is just a fantastic fit to promote the show and to give away something that is so exciting as a buildable lot. It’s unique. I don’t think it has been done before and it fits in with all the exhibitors we have.” Plus the winner can do everything to construct a dream home from the exhibitors at the show, she said. The lot is in Auburn Lake Trails, a gated community six miles from Auburn. “(The development) has a community swimming pool, golf course, horse trails and clubhouse,” she said The winner will be drawn at 5 p.m. on Sunday, the final day of the show. Another big feature will be a fire prevention display, which will cover as much as 10,000 square feet. “We’re kicking off fire prevention month at the home show,” Horan said. Local fire departments will have equipment and exhibits on display. One of those is South Placer Fire District’s Adventure Safety Trailer. “There’s a simulated smoke demonstration where kids can learn how to stay low and work there way out safely,” Horan said. “There’s lots of learning for both adults and kids.” There will be information on arson investigations, hands-on demonstrations including use of a fire extinguisher and firefighters will demonstrate the Jaws of Life. Another big draw for the home show is the landscapers meadow. Exhibits will include a walk-through garden by Gloria Landscaping. Longtime favorites Foothill Designs and A&A Stepping Stone will have displays. And Eisley Nursery will give flower bulbs to the first 500 visitors each day, Horan said. A&A Stepping Stone will have three booths, displaying hardscaping materials from Basalite-Keystone, Pavestone, Belgard and Cultured Stone. “It’s pavers, retaining walls and manufactured stone veneers,” operations manager Ed Craig said. Outdoor living remains a high priority for homeowners, even through the recession. People extend their living space to the yard with outdoor fireplaces, barbecues and enlarging the patio. “We have lots of vendors who can help them expand their space,” Horan said. Energy savings is another popular area. “It even goes into water conservation,” Horan said. “So we have people promoting products and services that can help your bottom line — tankless hot water heaters and synthetic grass, for example. HVAC systems are more energy efficient, as are appliances. There are a large number of companies focusing more on reducing costs.” Then there’s the food. “That’s part of the experience,” Horan said. “The Gold Country Fairgrounds is so charming and so unique. People like to come and spend the day and part of that is just enjoying themselves with a tri-tip sandwich and a glass of beer or wine.” The home show’s International Food Court brings together tastes from around the world. “We’ll have Sundance quesadillas — they were at the Laguna Seca raceway,” she said. “Of course we have barbecue, hot dogs and Asian food. So there’s a good variety.” In addition to the big prize, several vendors will hold their own drawings. “The $10,000 kitchen counter is a top giveaway,” Horan said. “That’s Atlantic Stone. He has a huge crowd when he does the drawing on Sunday.” ---------- Auburn Fall Home Show When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 Where: Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn Tickets: General admission – $6, Children 5 to 12 – $1, under 5 free; seniors 60 and above – $2 Friday only Grand prize drawing: For the official rules, see auburn homeshows.com.