FAIRFIELD — The retired Marine from Dixon whose apron business was born on the Benicia-Martinez Bridge.
The Vacaville woman who can teach your dog to dance.
Don’t forget the former baker from Fresno who’ll do 300 demonstrations of the Vitamix kitchen machine with laser-cut blades that reach speeds of 240 mph.
They and scores of others are at the Total Home, Garden and Harvest Festival this weekend at 300 Chadbourne Road in Fairfield, where Walmart was once located. A bigger food court and a margarita lounge for adults – along with jump houses and basketball for youths – also help make up this year’s event at its new location.
Primo Magday’s booth, with its military-style “grill sergeant” aprons, began in 2002 when, waiting in bridge traffic, he thought about all the barbecues he’d been to and how nobody ever had an apron. The $20 cooking garments representing the U.S. Marines, Army, Navy and Air Force followed.
Travis Air Force Base boosts sales here for the Air Force apron, but overall the red-and-gold of the Marines top sales – and men aren’t the only buyers.
“A lot of women like it just for the colors,” Magday said of his design.
He credits great role models with high morals for his business success after a youth spent in a lot of foster homes and St. Vincent’s School for Boys in San Rafael.
Vacaville resident Judy Garment at her booth described the Dogs Can Dance business she owns as ” ’Dancing with the Stars’ – with your dog.”
Canines care about music and respond to their favorite song the same way they do as hearing their names, Garment said. Bella, a Rottweiler with a bad hip, is featured in before and after photos where she’s 20 pounds lighter after her dancing career.
Garment will have a dancing dog demonstration at noon, 1:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. She has a bachelor of science in dance education from Western Michigan University and was the animal dance choreographer for the 2011 movie “Doggie B,” called “the best dog-dancing film the world has ever seen.”
Alan Hall, 70, who’ll do hundreds of Vitamix demonstrations over the three days of the Fairfield event, said that as a 10-year-old, his father remarked about Alan’s gift for talking. You’ve been vaccinated with a Victrola needle, the young Hall heard.
All those cable TV pitches for juice blenders hasn’t hurt Vitamix, Hall explained, because their blenders go 40 mph while the machine he sells is six times faster. Moreover, small screens at homes can show a lot of things. But a demonstration delivers to potential buyers in a way TV never will.
“They can’t taste it on TV,” he said, before serving up a row of green smoothie samples.
The former baker and Fresno resident sells more Vitamix machines in California coastal counties than he does in the Central Valley. Higher incomes and a greater interest in health along the coast explain that, Hall said. Fairfield, halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento, seems more coastal than valley, he said.
“It’s much more Bay Area than Fresno is, that’s for sure,” Hall said.
Fairfield resident Ruby Cain, 53, was impressed with the new site for the home and garden show.
“We used to shop here until it moved,” she said of the old Walmart.
“We’ve seen just about everything,” Cain said of the show. “It’s nice.”
Retired Fairfield resident Deane Pieterick said, “It looks like they’re more things going on.”
Karen Jameson, 62, of Vallejo, said, “It’s bigger than I thought it was going to be.”
Bill Hennig, 82, an ambassador for the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce, said at least a half-dozen beauty queens from Solano County will be at the home and garden show this weekend. He’s looking at the event for someone who can build decks and put in a stairway.
“I want to remodel the house,” Hennig said.
Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The show is open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An eastern dancing show by the Sass’ey Belly Dancing Group begins at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Visit www.vacavilletotalhomeshows.com for more information.
Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.