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Greeley Tribune Home & Garden Show underway

The Greeley Tribune Home & Garden Show kicked off Friday with close to 200 vendors and a big crowd before the doors even opened at the Island Grove Events Center and Exhibition Hall in Greeley.

Sharon and Frank Fronek of Greeley have attended the show for more than 20 years and say they always look forward to it.

“This is fabulous,” said Sharon. “A few years back this is where I found where to buy my new windows and this year we are looking for upgrade ideas for our bathroom and kitchen.”

It might be hard to attend the show and not find what you are looking for when it comes to gardening and home improvement.

Furthermore, you can be surprised to find products you didn’t even know existed, like 4x4 side by side ATVs powered by electricity or fuel.

While the focus is on home decor and gardening, the show features everything from health checks to weight loss products, pet products, and more.

The Greeley MOMS connection group, which uploads weekly blogs for the Greeley Tribune, was there Friday to show support for the community.

“We are here to let mothers and fathers — mainly the younger ones — know the different resources available in Greeley. We at times can even entertain them and in a sense show them that there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” said John Daly, one of the seven blog writers in the group.

Admission and parking are free. The nice weather Friday made it more enjoyable for those who had to park far away because of the crowd.

Landscaping companies take advantage of the large turnout the event is known for to build relationships with potential customers and close business with one or two.

“This show sets our whole work year schedule and gives us good recognition,” said Jeff Fisher, estimator and designer for Fisher Landscaping, Inc.

He said Fisher Landscaping, Inc., is a local family owned and operated business that has been part of the show for 22 years.

This year they exhibit a 60-by-50 foot area in the Event Center that features an outdoor living space that took three and a half days to construct.

If they were building it in a backyard, Fisher said, it would take them two to three weeks.

With inlaid bricks, natural flowers, stones, grass, and water features, the exhibit creates the feel of an outdoor backyard ready for a barbecue or a garden wedding.

For vendors, the show is all about reaching out to attendees and promoting the best features of their businesses. For attendees, its a time to explore the gardening and home market as well as to prepare for the warm seasons to come.

Bryan Reynolds of Greeley said he has been coming to the event since it began 31 years ago.

“We love to come here,” he said. “It’s a time to see the new products and meet with whoever is out and about — we always find friends here.”


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