Last two days for Home Ex­pres­sions Show

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Mike Moore

To­day and Sun­day are the fi­nal two days of the 2010 Home Ex­pres­sions Show, pre­sented by Rona. More than 20,000 peo­ple an­nu­ally visit this mustsee event and this year’s crowds have been tracking the same way.

All three floors of the Win­nipeg Con­ven­tion Cen­tre are filled with the lat­est in­no­va­tions for home and gar­den. There are more than 600 booths of ex­cit­ing prod­ucts and in­for­ma­tion to help you up­grade your cur­rent home or give you ideas for the de­sign and fin­ish of a new home.

The show is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. to­day and noon to 5 p.m. on Sun­day. It’s a tremendous way to spend a week­end as there’s no short­age of things to see. The fab­u­lous early-spring weather we’ve been en­joy­ing has led us to start think­ing about re­pairs, ren­o­va­tions and out­door work ear­lier than usual.

In ad­di­tion to the var­i­ous ex­hibitor booths, there are in­for­ma­tive stage pre­sen­ta­tions on the hour. There are also an as­sort­ment of prize draws, cul­mi­nat­ing in a set of prizes of a Mas­ter Spa from Krevco, a pa­tio din­ing set from Wicker World and a pool ta­ble from LCL Spas and Bil­liards, to­talling $20,000 in value. The best part is that tick­ets are only $5 for two, with all rev­enues go­ing to Va­ri­ety - The Chil­dren’s Char­ity.

There are a num­ber of at­trac­tions that make this year’s show spe­cial. St. Mary’s Nurs­ery and Bark­man Con­crete are cre­at­ing a Tus­can-ruin Gar­den Court that is ab­so­lutely breath­tak­ing. Sa­man­tha Pynn, star of HGTV’s Pure De­sign, will be fea­tured on the Free Press Life­style Stage to­day at 2 and 7 p.m. and on Sun­day at 1 and 3 p.m. Sa­man­tha is renowned for her home­dec­o­ra­tion magic, bring­ing prac­ti­cal sus­tain­abil­ity to re­al­ity.

The Cana­dian Dec­o­ra­tor’s As­so­ci­a­tion is pre­sent­ing the “Dare to Dream Home”, five in­ter­ac­tive rooms of unique dé­cor that have to be seen to be fully ap­pre­ci­ated.

At no other time and no other place can you do this much com­par­i­son shop­ping. All of the best sup­pli­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers in Man­i­toba are un­der one roof, pre­sent­ing a va­ri­ety of op­tions for your home needs.

Oth­ers may say they’re pre­sent­ing ‘show class spe­cials’, but there’s only one true place where the real show spe­cials ex­ist: the Win­nipeg Con­ven­tion Cen­tre this week­end.

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