Home, recreation show comes to Roseville

By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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Warm, sunny days are ahead, and Roseville residents who want to get ideas for home improvement and recreation will have options this weekend. For the first time ever, the Placer County Fair and Events Center will host the Roseville Home and Recreation Show featuring a variety of home improvement and recreation options for homeowners. Lani Johnston, who has produced more than 30 Auburn Home Shows, will produce the event and believes Roseville is ready for an event like this. “Placer County does not have anything like this with a recreation show,” Johnston said. “We are bringing our expertise, but it’s going to be a little different.” The event will merge recreation with home improvement, with about 175 local vendors displaying products and services ranging from boats, RVs and motor sports to pools and spas, garden displays, outdoor barbecues and energy-efficient home products. Johnston said traditional home improvement vendors offering closet organizers, flooring, windows, doors, interior and exterior design and construction will also be present. “What’s happening right now is there isn’t as much home buying as there is home remodeling, so remodeling is very important,” Johnston said. “Some people are buying foreclosed houses and they want to remodel, they want to update.” Joan Bartosik, chief executive officer of the Placer County Fair and Events Center, said she has established a great working relationship with Johnston. “It’s her first time doing it here, so she’s really promoting this all over town,” Bartosik said. “She’s got all of the buildings sold out.” Bartosik believes in the show’s potential success and has signed a three-year deal with Johnston. “I’ve always been very impressed with the job she does up in Auburn,” Bartosik said. “The more people we get out here during the year, we hope they will come out here for the fair and our races as well.” Roseville’s Home Depot will be giving home improvement seminars as well as kids’ workshops throughout the weekend. The Sacramento River Cats are also slated to make an appearance and will be holding an inflatable fast-pitch contest with prizes, Johnston said. The Roseville Home and Recreation Show will take place Friday through Sunday, with the show opening Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $12, but free admission is also available. Johnston has partnered with Placer County’s Interfaith Food Closet, so anyone who brings two prepackaged food items can get in free. Toby Lewis can be reached at