Home Show holds variety of highlights

Outdoor venue makes event unique, residents say
By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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The Fall Auburn Home Show started with a sizzle Friday as local residents tried to beat the left over summer heat while perusing through 1,000 exhibits at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. The show’s doors opened at 11 a.m. and offered home improvement ideas, food and seminars by local companies and celebrity Ahmed Hassan from the shows “Yard Crashers” and “Turf War.” Lincoln residents Vera and Joe Veredas stopped by the Northern California Grills exhibit to check out their products. “This was kind of like a main thing we thought we would look at,” Vera Veredas said. “Actually we are meeting friends up here, too, but this caught his eye.” Vera Veredas said she first came to the Home Show a couple years ago and likes the atmosphere. “I like the setting of the outdoors, having the pine trees, just feeling like you are up in the foothills but seeing all the different vendors,” she said. “You are not in a big warehouse. It’s just fun.” Joe Veredas said the couple wasn’t planning on buying a grill that day, but it was something to consider for the future. Rose Moore, head sales representative for the grill company, said it has had a presence at the Home Show for about 16 years. “Usually Friday is always our slowest day at any home show, and Saturday and Sunday is where it picks up,” Moore said. “But I have had some great quality people come in. I love it because the clientele out here in Auburn is usually pretty nice.” Moore said the company is able to offer wholesale prices to clients at the Home Show rather than the higher cost they might pay when the products are sold through dealers. Auburn resident Rosemary Peters said she has been coming to both Home Shows for 15 years. “I’m looking at everything in general because I like coming to see what is new, what is different,” Peters said. “I like that we see our community neighbors here at the Home Show. I like the outdoor setting. I don’t go to the one at the Sacramento Convention Center because it’s indoors.” Ryan Hoskin, owner of Elite Heating and Cooling out of Grass Valley, was showcasing two systems, a central ductwork system and a mini split ductless system, Friday. The company was also offering free massages. “Because we are comfort at a whole new level,” Hoskin said. Hoskin said he enjoys educating the public about the mysteries of heating and cooling and likes that the Home Show falls during the times of year when extreme weather isn’t an issue. Hoskin said remodels definitely and staying green come into play in his line of work. “Our typical client has older equipment and is looking to replace, or is looking for more reliable equipment or just looking to save money on their utilities,” he said. Sacramento resident Pat Whitman said she thinks the show is the prettiest she’s been to and said she was on a mission for certain things Friday. “It’s the least expensive home show to get to,” Whitman said. “It’s one of the easiest to get to and I feel like it’s the friendliest. We are looking for garden walls and kitchen tile repair. We always go home with something fun, too.” Christian Valley residents Bob and Mary Wright said while they couldn’t find the plumbing vendors they were hoping to, Bob Wright said he enjoys the event because it’s more intimate and residents can find vendors who are closer to home. Paul Costa, president of TuFFGrass, Inc. out of Penn Valley, said he has been participating in the Home Show for 13 years, so this is the company’s 26th show. “The management is really good,” Costa said. “Lani and her crew have done a phenomenal job. I like the demographic of this show. You have got all over the place as far as that goes.” Costa said he is still seeing clients interested in synthetic grass, so he keeps coming back to the Home Show. “Even though the economy has been slow the last couple years, we are still getting business from the show,” he said. Reach Bridget Jones at