If you're not avoiding crowds — and if you are, it's OK, many of us still are, or are again — and you've managed to tolerate your dreary or outdated home during the pandemic so far, maybe it's finally time for some home improvement.
Head to the OKC Fairgrounds next weekend for the OKC Home + Garden Show for ideas and demonstrations of what's new, different, and trending thanks to COVID-19. Think more versatile outdoor living spaces, gardens and patios. Think multi-use spaces.
First, for the record: "We take the safety of all of our guests seriously," organizers say on the show's web page.
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"The show follows all public health regulations as well as OKC Fairground’s policies, and currently in Oklahoma County there are no mask mandates or proof of vaccine requirements," they say.
The show is a week away. The world can change in a week with the coronavirus, especially this rascally Omicron. So: "We are closely following any and all policy changes, and we will post any updates here" at oklahomacityhomeshow.com/.
It's the first full-capacity show since the start of the pandemic, with full-size landscape exhibits and a stage for demonstrating renovation and gardening projects, Jan. 21-23 — noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
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The celebrity guest is HGTV’s Darren Keefe, "the dancing carpenter" from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."
Keefe will be at the Urban Farming feature with representatives of Edmond's Conscious Community Co-op to demonstrate how to build a raised garden bed, among other things for outdoor living.
Other features and attractions will include:
Landscapers Lane: a fully built-out outdoor landscape, with flowering trees and shrubbery, fruits and vegetables sure to make your green thumb twitch.
Homegrown Marketplace: honey, handcrafted soaps and all kinds of specialty items from small businesses across Oklahoma.
The Wine Village: the best wines from Oklahoma and regional wineries. Buy a bottle to take home.
Pet Plaza: a wide range of pet services and products, including many "Made In Oklahoma" items.
Admission for adults is $12 at the box office or $10 purchased online at oklahomacityhomeshow.com. Children 12 and under admitted free with a paying adult.
On Friday, tickets for people 60 and over are $9 at the box office with ID. Sunday is Hero & Teacher Day, with free admission for active and retired military personnel, firefighters, police officers, healthcare workers and teachers with service ID.
If you're well, and ready to leave the house, check it out for ways to improve your home.
Senior Business Writer Richard Mize has covered housing, construction, commercial real estate, and related topics for the newspaper and Oklahoman.com since 1999. Contact him at email@example.com.
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