The Ridge Meadows Home Show is back this year with hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the latest home remodeling ideas and great products – and a fun family festival to boot.
This is the first in-person event since 2019 after the 2020 and 2021 show was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Executive Director Graham Vanstone noted that while it is exciting and challenging to host the home show again after two years, one of the main challenges they have had in terms of organization is that many of the companies exhibiting at the show , have staffing issues and supply chain issues.
“That was a real challenge for us,” said Vanstone.
Most of their exhibitors have rebooked for the show, he said, but they have booked less space. If a company booked eight booths for the show before the pandemic, they only take two this year, he explained.
Translation, this year they will have two exhibitor buildings instead of three.
“Even though we have one building less, we’re really only about 20 percent fewer exhibitors than the number of exhibitors,” he explained.
Around 300 indoor and outdoor exhibitor stands are still available for browsing this year.
Right outside Planet Ice’s front doors is the Ready to Explore – GA checkpoint with ATV motorcycles and boats.
DMC Contracting will also be there, showcasing a fully equipped fifth wheel motorhome – a unit that rolls into the driveway the night before a planned home renovation – and comes complete with linens, a TV and everything a person needs to move on.
The Golden Ears Winter Club lobby will be transformed into a tasting area where visitors can visit a number of vendors offering food tastings.
The Body, Mind, and Spirit Psychic Fair takes place up in the ice stock rink. Those who venture to the top can experience mediumship and meditation, learn about metaphysical modalities, and seek messages from loved ones who have since passed. And maybe even discover their own psychic abilities.
At the curling rink, people can learn about remodeling, building, and landscaping to tackle any major home project like building a new patio. Inside, exhibitors are available to speak to experts in roofing, cladding, solariums and installations.
Planet Ice exhibitors focus on Home Decor, Home Theater, Appliances, Flooring, Furniture, Window Fashion, Home Renovators, Hot Tubs, Paint & Wall Coverings, Decorative Items, Kitchens, Electronics, Woodwork & Design Items and Artwork.
There will also be a marketplace of unique home appliances and products. The building will also have a “girl’s stuff” section where people can find jewelry, cosmetics, cookware, bedding, and the most popular anti-aging products. There will also be a wide range of exhibitors dedicated to beauty, health and fitness.
There will be a cooking area and people can also test out the latest fitness equipment.
Out on the fairgrounds, a food truck festival offers everything from gourmet coffees and fresh lemonade to Greek shawarma, fish and chips, wood-fired pizza, house fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, poutine, gourmet on a plant-based menu Base and mini donuts, and ice cream from Sweet Tooth Creamery.
Shooting Star Amusements will be on hand with fun rides and games for all ages.
Then there’s the free family festival, which includes a foam party and magic shows by Norden the Magician and The Great Gordini.
Bonnie Kilroe will star on the Celebrity Imposters Show with her performances of Dolly Parton and Cher.
Haney Builders will have a giant sandpit at the festival and the Golden Meadows Honey Farm will teach children where honey comes from.
Blue Crane Contortion and Acrobatics will have about 50 performers showing their extreme flexibility and strength.
Happy Land Events-Characters will have more than 15 film and television characters roaming the festival grounds.
The Maple Ridge Museum offers interactive activities, visual displays, and face-to-face encounters with local historians.
Talented local artists of all genres, styles and ages will compete for the title of Ridge Meadows Got Talent.
And there will also be a glitter bar and a craft tent and face painting.
Vanstone believes people are ready to experience in-person events again. He hopes people who have been attending the festival for years will return – along with those who are new to the community.
“I look forward to seeing people again and shopping, smiling and laughing and reconnecting,” said Vanstone.
The Ridge Meadows Home Show takes place: Friday, April 29, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; 10am to 8pm on Saturday, April 30; and Sunday, May 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Planet Ice and the Albion Fairgrounds, 23588 Jim Robson Way, Maple Ridge.
Tickets are $5 per person or $8 for a family. The family party is free.
Visit ridgemeadowshomeshow.com for more information.
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