FAIRFIELD — The Total Home, Garden and Harvest Festival concluded with enthusiasm on display, Sunday.
“Wonderful, love it,” vendor Dick Snider said of the show’s move from Vacaville to Fairfield. “It’s a little longer drive, but still love it.”
Snider, who is based in Sacramento, was the first vendor Sunday to submit his application for the upcoming spring show. The wrestling and judo coach sells Gripstic, which seals opened food bags such as a pre-made packaged salad.
George Williams, of Fairfield, had just bought a few Gripstics and Snider took note.
“This man was smart enough to buy some,” said the coach.
Although Williams bought Snider’s Gripstics among other items, he wasn’t completely satisfied with the day’s shopping.
“I just don’t know what I was looking for, but I didn’t find it,” said Williams, who frequents several home and garden shows in the Northern California region. “. . . I guess I was expecting more.”
Vendor Tim Gorman, who just sold Williams some ladybug decorations for the garden, said the home shows have changed over the years.
“They are a lot different now than it was eight or nine years ago when the economy was good,” said Gorman. “These shows used to be huge.”
Gorman, of Fremont, plans on selling his creature- and wine-themed decorations next weekend at the Concord Pavilion. He said the Total Home and Garden Show is among the best in the state.
“This is one of the four good home shows in California,” he said.
Inside the Specialty Event Center, husband-and-wife team Wayne and Rachel Muilenburg were boasting the benefits of LustreCraft, a waterless cookware made in West Bend, Wis.
“We’ve been cooking on it for years,” said Rachel Muilenburg.
The independent distributors from Oregon offered cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend that included a chicken recipe with vegetables. It was the couple’s first go at the local home and garden show and they reported a positive response.
“Everybody’s pretty excited,” said Wayne Muilenburg. “They’ve seen us before (and) know the cookware.”
The team, which travels to shows in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, hopes to return next year.
“I think people really like being in the building,” said Rachel Muilenburg.
The Total Home, Garden and Harvest Festival covered 50,000 square feet in the old Walmart building off Chadbourne Road, as well as a portion of the parking lot. Event organizers estimated between 14,000 to 16,000 people attended the weekend event.
“The location hasn’t seemed to hurt us,” said promoter John Arabia, who said Sunday was just as busy as Saturday.
“It’s nice it’s centrally located (between San Francisco and Sacramento),” he said.
Marketing team Jodi McGuire and Nicole Arabia purchased the Total Home and Garden Show from its founder, Bob Bach, six years ago. Originally held on a field behind Nut Tree Plaza in Vacaville, the weekend event was moved to Fairfield this year. The duo spent six months organizing the fall show and are already preparing for their next event.
“At the spring show, we’d like to see an Easter egg hunt and possibly a pancake breakfast,” said Nicole Arabia.
“Yeah,” added McGuire. “We just need more on our plate.”
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