Home shows are a great place to find everything you need for under your roof, under one roof. This year’s 2023 Nisqually Valley Home & Garden Show takes place on Saturday, April 29, at Yelm High School and is totally free to attend. There you can mingle with more than 40 vendors, local small business owners, attend educational workshops, eat a tasty lunch, and even get your vintage car buzz at the afternoon’s on-site car show. Rain or shine that’s a great way to spend the weekend.
Meet and Mingle and Rev Your Engines at the Nisqually Valley Home & Garden Show
Whether home, apartment, duplex, townhouse or ADU, odds are you have a springtime honey-do list. Being stuck indoors all winter means plenty of time to notice which walls need to be painted, appliances to be replaced or extensions designed. Sponsored by the Yelm Chamber of Commerce, the event is “a very unique opportunity to support local businesses and engage with others in the community,” says Chamber Executive Director Amanda Munoz. “Thousands typically visit the event, drawn by workshops, vendors and educational presentations.”
From 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., there will also be a garden swap in the event parking lot. People fill their vehicles with plants, seeds, cuttings/clippings, tools, or whatever gardening-related things they want to share, then find a parking spot and place the items on the pavement behind their vehicle. Then the plant swap begins! When the swap is over, you can put the leftover items back in their car, sweep up any dirt spills that may have occurred, then leave with all your free goodies to put into your yard/garden!
This year’s show will also be joined by a vintage car display in partnership with the Prairie Street Rod Association and sponsored by Graham Auto Repair. Fun and educational Home Show workshops are still being developed but check often so you can register and reserve your spot once details go live.
Bringing Together Local Vendors and Small Business Leaders
Munoz gives a shout-out to key event sponsors like Realty One Group Bold, Graham Auto Repair, and DZines Creative Solutions & Graphic Designs. Want to sign up and join their ranks in 2024? There are sponsorship opportunities at multiple levels, and questions can be directed to Munoz at firstname.lastname@example.org or submitted through the website.
Shopping on the exhibitor side, you’ll find an array of products, services, providers, designers, and so much more. There’s a full list posted to the show’s website, and organizers are spotlighting individuals through the event’s Facebook page. Regular Meet the Vendors posts easily link guests directly to each company’s social media. This makes it easier to learn about their talents and narrow down your search before the actual day. On Facebook, you can also share the event with friends and family for carpooling. To really catch their eye, send the comprehensive walk through video for a whole day’s fun condensed into 98 fast-paced seconds.
Yelm Chamber of Commerce Offers Signature Events All Year Long
The Nisqually Valley Home & Garden Show is just one of the many signature events held and hosted by the Yelm Chamber. These include informative Chamber Forums held monthly on topics ranging from citywide updates to marketing and branding.
Then come network at Drive 507 Business After Hours each fourth Thursday of the month or Leads at Lunch the first and third Friday. After work, it’s almost time for this year’s Prairie Days Parade on June 24 and Nisqually Valley BBQ Rally on July 22 at Yelm City Park. 2023’s parade theme is A Tribute To Heroes, and registration to participate is accepting sign-ups now.
There are many ways to take part in the BBQ Rally. Competitors in the Amateur Andy, Youth Burger and Burger Challenge classes can find rules and applications online. Sponsorship levels and benefits are also posted while available. The BBQ Rally is free and includes activities for kids, a performance stage, food-eating competitions and a beer garden. Follow the event on Facebook to see the latest additions and updates. Approximately 10,000 people are expected so come hungry and leave happy.
Home Maintenance Checklist + Skilled Professionals = Home Show Success
Many of us wait until something is broken before we step in. But when it comes to our house, that can mean a larger project with a much higher cost. Instead, routine preventive maintenance extends the life of our home’s systems and avoids catastrophic issues down the road when time and money are tight.
Before heading to the Nisqually Valley Home & Garden Show, consider downloading a home maintenance checklist. This is an easy way to keep track of systems that may not be obvious or easily monitored. Doing a little bit each month—or scheduling a home show pro in advance—spreads out the work and costs of home ownership. Indoors and out, from the attic to the basement, proper planning is always a good idea. So put the Home Show on your calendar today and finish your chores before summer’s long days and party nights arrive.