RICKREALL -- The fourth annual Polk County Home and Garden Show will kick off its three-day home and gardening extravaganza Friday, Feb. 25, at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall.

This year's event will feature 50 percent more vendors and a new slate of seminars focusing on health and personal improvement hosted by the Dallas Health & Vitality Center, said organizer Deb Thomas of Polk Productions Inc.

This will be the first year the show will occur on its permanent date: the last weekend of February.

Thomas said that is the perfect time of year for a home and garden show and was pleased to be able to reserve a designated weekend at the Polk County Fairgrounds.

"This is when people are starting to think about home improvements and thinking about gardening," she said.

Thomas said she wanted to expand the parameters of the 2011 show by working with Laurie Vail, the owner of Dallas Health & Vitality Center, to schedule seminars on reike, meditation, acupressure, yoga and other life-improvement topics.

Also, the Polk County OSU Extension Master Gardeners will have a booth offering presentations on winter pruning and spring planting.

"We are really happy that they are able to participate this year," Thomas said.

Crowd favorite Northwest "G" Railroad Club, a group of model train enthusiasts from the Mid-Valley area, will be setting up its portable track and model train in the fairground's Arts and Crafts Building.

Vendors include interior decorators, remodeling specialists, green energy companies, organizational specialists, builders, nurseries, window and glass companies, and many more.

A few lucky show visitors will walk away with prizes.

Schwan's will be offering free ice cream, KYKN will raffle off a $100 gift certificate to The Riverhouse in Bend, and Polk County Home and Garden Show a gift certificate to Ragin' River Steak Co. in Independence. Thomas said other vendors will hold raffles for merchandise and discounts throughout the show.

While attendance and the number of vendors have been increasing over the past two years, Thomas' goal is to feature a comprehensive offering of home improvement and gardening products and services while keeping the environment comfortable for all visitors.

"It's really a fun show," Thomas said. "We try to make it friendly for everyone."

Time for home



Polk County Home and Garden Show


Friday, Feb. 25 -- 1 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 26 -- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 27 -- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Polk County Fairgrounds, 520 S. Pacific Highway (99W), Rickreall.


$3 for adults; children 16 and under are free.

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Seminar Schedule:

Friday, Feb. 25

* 3:30-4 p.m. -- Shelley Barber, "An Introduction to Reike"

Saturday, Feb. 26

* 10-11 a.m. -- Pat Carel, "Life Improvement Consulting"

* 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. John Ailstock, "Meditation In Motion with Qigong"

* 2:30-3 p.m. -- Shelley Barber, "An Introduction to Reike"

Sunday, Feb. 27

* 10:30-11 a.m. -- Shelley Barber, "An Introduction to Reike"

* Noon-1:00 -- Jami Miller, Auvicular reflexology, "Pain Relief through Acupressure"

* 1-3 p.m. -- Dawn Spires, "Yoga for Stress Relief & Relaxation"

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