Hundreds attend local Home and Garden Show

T-R PHOTO BY MIKE DONAHEY 
Dennis Brubaker of Grundy Center, right, converses with several visitors to his Cedar Patio Furniture Shop location at the Times-Republican’s 2017 Home and Garden Show at the Marshalltown Mall. Brubaker is owner-operator of the business he founded several years ago. Looking on from left is Megan Mohon of Schendel Pest Control of Marshalltown.

T-R PHOTO BY MIKE DONAHEY Dennis Brubaker of Grundy Center, right, converses with several visitors to his Cedar Patio Furniture Shop location at the Times-Republican’s 2017 Home and Garden Show at the Marshalltown Mall. Brubaker is owner-operator of the business he founded several years ago. Looking on from left is Megan Mohon of Schendel Pest Control of Marshalltown.

From do-it-yourselfers to children to browsers, there were hundreds of attendees Saturday at the Fifth Annual Times-Republican Home and Garden Show at the Marshalltown Mall.

Bright sunshine and warmer-than-normal temperatures put many in the mood to show up and get the latest information on home improvement and gardening projects.

Fareway Stores made it worthwhile, they offered attendees the chance to win one of four $50 gift cards.

T-R Assistant Marketing Director Deanna Davis-McGowan was thrilled with 37 vendors from throughout Central Iowa who displayed a wide-variety of wares, goods and services.

“We have several who returned that have been with us for many years, and the rest are new,” she said. “And my team of ‘T-R Marketeers’ worked diligently to make the event a reality.”

Vendors from Marshalltown were highly visible, as well as those from Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Garwin, Gladbrook, Grundy Center, Des Moines, Dysart, Granger, Grinnell Grimes, Marion, and Melbourne, Toledo and Urbandale.

Some of the vendors did double-duty and presented seminars.

P. Lang Construction’s Pat Lang talked about the value of attic insulation, while Hy-Vee Dietician Jennifer Scales reviewed the benefits of natural and organic foods. Later, 1st Rate Real Estate’s Jamie Bland addressed real estate.

There was fun to be had as well.

The Miller Middle School eighth grade choir entertained, and kids could get their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny.

Nearby other children could get hands-on planting directions thanks to the local Isle of Green Garden Center and under the direction of T-R “Marketeer” Jane Engel.

Hy-Vee Floral Manager Linda Perkins was kept busy in her corner spot answering questions about the store’s floral shop and recently opened Garden Center.

“We received a wide variety of hanging plants Friday,” she

said of the Garden Center. “They might get frosted yet, so one might have to take them in.”

Megan Mohon and Rick Bachman of Marshalltown were equally busy touting the talents of Schendel Pest Control.

Both are relatively new to the company, but said they had been kept busy answering questions from customers.

“We serve customers in a 60-mile radius of Marshalltown,” said Bachman.

Next door, Dennis Brubaker of Grundy Center proudly displayed his hand-made cedar patio furniture while a family stopped to try it out.

Brubaker said he buys the reliable and sturdy cedar wood from a Grundy Center lumberyard.

“I only use stainless steel screws so they won’t rust,” he said.

For more information, telephone Davis-McGowan at 641-753-6611.

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Contact Mike Donahey at 641-753-6611 mdonahey@timesrepublican.com