If your heating system needs an upgrade, your kitchen counters are due for replacement or your living room decor screams 1980, you'll find a solution at the 2012 Regional Home & Garden Show.
The show, presented by the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities, runs Feb. 24-26 at TRAC in Pasco.
"We have nearly 200 vendors signed up and it's a surprisingly diverse mix this year. There's definitely something for everyone no matter what size your house or apartment, whether you're building new, remodeling or are just looking for ideas," said Renee Dahlgren, director of government affairs, communications and the Built Green Program coordinator.
No matter what your home or landscape needs, this is one of your best chances in the Mid-Columbia for one-stop shopping.
"We average 11,000 people over the three days and, besides the Tri-Cities, draw from Walla Walla, Yakima, Othello even up from Hermiston," she said.
Some of the building trends Dahlgren has noticed are people, not just contractors, being interested in building "green" concepts.
"They're building with extra insulation, looking for renewable materials and looking hard at water and energy use," she said.
"The Italian Tuscany-style home with tile roofs, plaster walls is still a popular design. It's always a favorite style on the Parade of Homes," Dahlgren said. "And with interest rates as low as they are people are building new rather than buying someone else's ideas."
Don't forget there are two sides to the show. After you have toured the booths in the main hall, cross the atrium and check out the landscaping and gardening vendors.
"They always go all out. I know there's going to be three really big exhibits, two swimming pools and several smaller exhibits including some water features. It's amazing what they do with a dirt floor," Dahlgren said.
Youngsters will have fun decorating hardhats at the Kidstruction Zone in the main hall and Lowe's employees will have kid-centered clinics to build a basketball hoop or pet treat holders.
For adults, there will be a series of free home and garden seminars daily.
Dahlgren said the schedule isn't finalized "but there are always lots of gardening topics, home decor and this year one on home staging which will teach you how to make your home look good when it's on the market."
Seminars typically begin on the hour. A complete list of the seminars and times will be published in a Home & Garden Show special section in the Feb. 24 Herald.
The Home & Garden Show also includes a standard flower show organized by members of the five clubs of the Blue Mountain District of the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs.
All gardeners are welcome to enter the horticulture division. Entries will be accepted from 8:30-9:45 a.m. Feb. 24 at TRAC. For more information on the flower show, contact Patti Smith, 627-2347.
There is no charge to participate in or view the flower show.
Garden club members will be at the show to answer questions about the club and gardening in the Mid-Columbia.
Members of the Tri-City Rose Society also will be at the show with a display and to offer a free seminar.
Admission is $6 for adults., Children ages 12 and under are free. Bring a nonperishable food item for the Salvation Army and get $1 off the price of admission.
"The one-time admission is good all weekend and parking is free," said Dahlgren. "There's also a free golf cart shuttle in the parking lot just in case you buy more than you can carry out to the car."
TRAC will have concessions open during the show with a variety of beverages and food.
Hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 25, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 26.