- The stage is set for the Wayne County Builders Association Home and Garden Festival taking place this weekend. On Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., homeowners and builders will have a chance to tour booths dedicated to indoor and outdoor living.
"We expanded the outdoor living section this year," said Laurie Lourie, Chief Executive Officer of the Wayne County Builders Association. That newly expanded section includes outdoor lampposts and landscaping ideas.
The festival is a chance for community members to learn from experts in various areas, including building, remodeling, landscaping, home decor and more.
The event lets people "come and see the latest in building products" in one convenient location, Lourie said. "We have everything you need to remodel your home."
The show also offers two days of events for the whole family. On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be an electronic recycling available. Accepted items are old electronics, like televisions and computers. There is no fee to recycle an item, but donations are accepted.
Dessin Animal Shelter will be at the festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday hosting a pet adoption event for those looking for that perfect furry companion.
Saturday also brings with it the highly anticipated LEGO Building Contest for children ages 5-8 and 9-12. Preregistration is required for this fun test of design and construction skill.
Throughout the entire two-day festival, there will fresh herbs and hanging planters for sale and live wood carving demonstrations. Lourie said another exciting draw for the event is the addition of a builder tent sale.
Available for sale in the tents will be items that are "surplus from local builders and contractors." Items will be "priced to sell," she said. The items are new or gently used and range from doors and tiles to appliances.
If all of the walking around works up an appetite, there will be many menu items available from the Carousel Cafe. Breakfast at the cafe will be served from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with items like ham, egg and cheese sandwiches, danishes, yogurt, bagels and more. For lunch, which is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the menu boasts items like pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, chili, barbeque chicken and baked beans among the items.
Page 2 of 2 - There will also be the unveiling of six children's playhouses for a Playhouse Raffle to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The playhouses were built by six area builders: Cassel Building Contractors, Inc., The Duck Harbor Group, Forest Homes of Lake Wallenpaupack, Haviland Building and Remodeling, J.R. Bea Construction and Wallenpaupack High School Building Construction Students. All proceeds raised from the event will benefit local children in a Make-A-Wish program.
The annual Home and Garden Festival runs on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the event is free.
The festival is held at the Ladore Camp and Conference Center, 287 Owego Turnpike in Waymart.
For more information, visit www.waynecountybuilders.com or call 1-570-226-4941.