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Check out the Auburn Home Show this weekend

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal features editor
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Is your home in need of a makeover? Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint or a backyard overhaul, chances are, if you’ve got a roof over your head, there’s something under those tiles or shingles that you’d like to change. Do your research, hunt for ideas and meet face-to-face with professionals during this weekend’s Auburn Home Show, which will be held Friday through Sunday at Auburn’s Gold Country Fairgrounds. “We have everything from window coverings to stamped pavement to accessories, floral arrangements, big items, little items — you can buy a lot here,” said Lani Johnston Horan, Auburn Home Show producer. “You can buy real estate here. You can meet contractors to build your house, to remodel your house, to repair your house.” In other words, the show and its 1,000-plus exhibits offer something for everybody, Horan said. Horan said the spring home show — Auburn Home Shows also produces a fall event — is always a crowd-pleaser because the weather is warming up and people are ready to get outside. Visitors can expect to encounter plenty of vendors who specialize in pools, spas, fencing, patios and patio coverings, pavers and the like, she said. Award-winning landscapers are always a highlight for the spring show. Foothill Design out of Meadow Vista is working on a French cottage garden display, and Gloria Landscaping of Penryn hopes to wow visitors with a large wine cave complete with a water features, a sandy beach, a palapa, classic cars and more. “We’re trying to show something that’s all natural, something you could have in your yard,” said Jim Gloria, owner of Gloria Landscaping. Gloria said work started on the cave — it’s Gloria Landscaping’s biggest Auburn Home Show creation yet — last Tuesday. “It’ll be two weeks by the time we’re done,” he said of the project, which includes 100 tons of rock. Gloria said it’s time well spent. “What I always try to do is give people good visuals and sometimes it takes a lot of work,” he said. “If you give them a good program, they usually buy into it.” The price tag to create something similar at someone’s home would be close to $200,000, Gloria said. Looking to spend a little less than that this weekend? Horan said there are savings to be found all over the Auburn Home Show, starting with admission. Gold Country Media sponsors Free Friday, meaning everyone gets into the show Friday without paying admission. Eisley Nursery will give out free gladiola bulbs to the first 500 Auburn Home Show visitors each day. “The exhibitors, most, offer Home Show specials that you might not get elsewhere,” Horan said. Cycling enthusiasts watching the Amgen Tour of California will be offered half-off admission at the home show after watching the bikes speed through town Sunday, Horan said. Keeping the Tour of California in mind, Horan advises motorists to access the home show Sunday by taking the Newcastle/Indian Hill Road exit off Interstate 80, and following Indian Hill Road to Auburn Folsom Road, which leads right to the fairgrounds. Or, just pedal on over to the show — bicycle parking is free for attendees all three days, Horan said. __________ Auburn Home Show When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday Where: Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn Cost: Free Friday; $6 adults and $1 kids 5-12 on Saturday and Sunday; parking is $4 Information: (530) 887-3616, www.auburnhomeshows.com