Messenger Home and Lifestyle Show starts today

This event is the largest of its type in this part of the Hawkeye State

A three-day event begins this afternoon at Iowa Central Community College’s East Campus in Fort Dodge. At 3 p.m., the doors open for The Messenger’s Home and Lifestyle Show. Admission all three days is free. Hy-Vee Market Grill Express is sponsoring the admission fee.

Today visitors will be welcome until 7 p.m. On Saturday, activities get underway at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. On Sunday, the show resumes at 11 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m.

The show offers the opportunity to learn more about multitude of 21st century options to enhance one’s home and lifestyle. For example at 5:30 p.m. today, Adam Forney of US Cellular will explain how a phone can be used to control and monitor various aspects of one’s residence.

On Saturday at 9 a.m., Bill McAnally will discuss assorted possible improvements to make a home not only safer, but also more durable and comfortable.

At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Molly Thompson, of Seed Savers Exchange, will inspire gardeners to begin planning now even though winter will still be with us for a few more weeks. She will make a presentation about 15 plant varieties that can make a garden truly special.

Later on Saturday at 1 p.m., Lauri Beilke, a Pampered Chef consultant, will show how a chicken salad pizza is prepared.

More than 50 vendors will have booths, exhibits and displays at the show. Checking out the numerous products and services these enterprises have to offer should be a top priority.

For youngsters, the Kids’ Corner will include a potter’s wheel from the Blanden Memorial Art Museum on Friday and hands-on crafts from the Girl Scouts on Saturday. Kids’ Corner is being sponsored by the Blanden, Hollingsworth School of Dance and Gymnastics and Walmart.

There will be a chance to register to win prizes, which will include a Davy Crocket Green Mountain Grill valued at $399, a Stihl BG 50 handheld blower worth $149.75 and a children’s bicycle from Walmart.

On Saturday, as a special treat, members of the state champion Fort Dodge Senior High wrestling team will be available to autograph a full color gloss wrestling keepsake.

Throughout the show concessions will be operated by the Fort Dodge Noon Kiwanis.

Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable items to donate to a food drive to help local food pantries.

Don’t fail to stop by this major show. You’ll be glad you did.