Home and Lifestyle

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The Messenger Home and Lifestyle show at the Iowa Central East Campus in Fort Dodge will be held March 2, 3 & 4, 2018. This show is the largest of its kind in our 9 county readership area.

General Information

Event Hours:

Friday, March 2 • 3 pm – 7 pm

Saturday, March 3 • 9 am – 4 pm

Sunday, March 4 • 11 am – 3 pm

Event Location: Iowa Central Community College East Campus, 2031 Quail Ave, Fort Dodge

Admission – The Fort Dodge Hy-Vee Market Grill Express is sponsoring the admission fee for everyone! We welcome non-perishable goods to donate to our local food pantries.


Friday, March 2

5:30 PM

Home devices and how to control and monitor multiple aspects of your home with your phone with Adam Forney, US Cellular

Saturday, March 3

9:00 AM

We’re Not Getting Any Younger!  Learn about improvements to make your home safer, more durable and more comfortable with Bill McAnally.

Let’s look at some simple steps to make it easier to stay in your home longer and be able to enjoy winter by staying inside and reading a good book or watching Joe Kenda on the Investigation Discovery Channel!

Bill McAnally was a builder in Fort Dodge for many years before becoming the carpentry instructor and later the Department Chair of the Industrial Technology Department at Iowa Central Community College. He is now a consultant and trainer for the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa State University Extension And Outreach, Iowa Fire Marshals Office, Touchstone Energy, Alliant Energy, MidAmerican Energy, and utility companies in northern Minnesota.  His trainings cover energy efficient, healthy building methods, building science, building failures, and the building codes. He also does the monthly Iowa Public Radio  “Home Improvement” hour on Talk Of Iowa.

Saturday, March 3

10:30 AM

15 Great Varieties for your garden with Molly Thompson, Seed Savers Exchange

Molly Thompson, Curatorial Technician for the Seed Savers Exchange will inspire your garden planning. She will highlight 15 great varieties from the Seed Savers Exchange catalog, focusing on their stories and what makes them great for your garden. This talk will also cover basic seed saving from a few easy crops.

Molly Thompson

Molly joined the preservation staff at Seed Savers Exchange in 2015 after earning her master’s degree in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology from the University of Oxford. As SSE’s curatorial technician, Molly helps to maintain the seed collection at Heritage Farm by managing inventory records, distributing seeds to the public through the Exchange (exchange.seedsavers.org), and researching all incoming seed donations to SSE’s seed bank collection. 

Saturday, March 3

1:00 PM

with Lauri Beilke, Pampered Chef

Kids Corner Schedule

Friday 3 – 7 pm – The Blanden Art Museum will have their pottery wheel in the Kid’s Corner. They will be doing demonstrations and allowing kids to try their hand at it!

Saturday 9 – 4 pm – The Girl Scouts will have fun hands-on crafts for you to make and take.

Register to win prizes!

Davy Crocket Green Mountain Grill

(Valued at $399)

Stihl BG 50 handheld blower.

(Valued at $149.75)

Kid’s Bike from Walmart

Concessions will be available from the NOON KIWANIS

Contact information – Questions? Contact LeAnne Darr at 515-573-2141 ext. 200 or email ldarr@messengernews.net