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Home & Garden Expo set for weekend

March 22, 2017 GMT

BULLHEAD CITY — The 2017 Mohave Valley Contractor’s Association will host the fifth Home & Garden Expo, Friday and Saturday at Riverview Mall, 2350 Miracle Mile, in Bullhead City, in the space formerly occupied by Bealls Outlet (next to Stage and Big Lots on the south end of Riverview Mall).

Expo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is free, and many drawing prizes will be offered by Expo vendors.

“On behalf of the Mohave a Valley Contractors Association, I would like to invite all area residents to attend our Home & Garden Expo,” said Catherine Lopez-Rajaniemi, Expo chairwoman. “The Association and our Expo sponsors are proud to bring you the best of the best in home-related products and services.

“The Riverview Mall is a new location for the Expo this year,” explained Lopez-Rajaniemi. “We simply outgrew the former Expo site and it was time to move on and expand the Expo experience for our vendors and the public.”

Lopez-Rajaniemi said those attending will see businesses offering new home construction, remodeling, do-it-youself projects, furniture and products and services specifically for the Tri-state.

The 2017 Expo is co-hosted by Gold Sponsors Ace Hardware/Tri-State Building Materials, Derrick Windows & Doors, Lowe’s Home Improvement, and S&S Concrete & Materials.

Ace Hardware/Tri-State Building Materials has been a Gold Sponsor of the Expo since its beginning five years ago.

“We’re very happy to help host the MVCA Home & Garden Expo,” said Michael Paul, president of Tri-State Building Materials.

“I’d like to think most people living in the Tri-state area are familiar with ‘the helpful folks’ and our stores in Fort Mohave, Bullhead City, and Kingman.

“But I also know new people are constantly moving into our area, and the Expo gives us a chance to meet them.”

Paul explained the Expo also allows his stores the opportunity to introduce new products to potential users.

“We’ll be showing some new items at the Expo, like Yeti coolers, Nuvo H2O salt-free water softeners, e-Cloth chemical-free cleaning products, MasterCool evaporative coolers, solar lighting and ‘As Seen on TV’ items. And, of course, we’ll be handing out popcorn and sampling TRU pickles and Smokin’ Mary Mix.”

Paul also mentioned that Expo-goers are welcome to stop by Tri-State Ace Home Center at the north end of Riverview Mall on Saturday at noon to sample tri-tip prepared on a Traeger wood pellet-fired grill and Mexican (carne asada) pizza prepared in a Blackstone Patio Oven.

The Expo is the main attraction, but it’s not the only think going on at the mall this weekend.

“I’m really excited about the Charity Car and Bike Show this year,” said Lopez-Rajaniemi.

“It takes place outside, in the parking lot, in front of the Expo Hall, on Saturday, March 25. Registration is open from 8 yo 10 a.m. and is only $20. We already have some really beautiful entries this year, but we’d be happy to have even more.”

Cars, trucks, 4X4s, classic cars, motorcycles and specialty vehicles may be entered. The Charity Car and Bike Show is judged by students of the Academy of Building Industries and proceeds from the event benefit school programs.

Lopez-Rajaniemi noted the special relationship between the Association and the AOBI.

“AOBI is the association’s charter high school in Fort Mohave,” she said. “The high school provides trade-related curriculum, in addition to core classes, to grades 9-12. The kids help with the car show. They judge the entries and make the trophies themselves in class.

“It’s really very special and the cars, trucks, motorcycles and specialty vehicles are really something to see.”

In addition to helping with the car show, AOBI students will demonstrate metalworking techniques at a forge in the parking lot outside the Expo Hall.

Other students will be selling bottled water and showing student-created merchandise like cutting boards and furniture offered for sale in their e-commerce store.

Like the car show, proceeds from these sales will benefit school programs.

“Master Gardeners will be here again this year. We are so pleased to have them answer gardening questions and make recommendations on low watering options for our desert surroundings,” said Lopez-Rajaniemi.

“We want everyone to appreciate how things grow so kids attending the Expo will receive some seeds to plant in a peat pot with potting soil.”

The Kids Planting Clinic is hosted by Lowe’s and Ace Hardware, and staffed by Carey Fearing from the Mohave Valley Daily News.

Local artisans with handcrafted items for sale are also part of the 2017 Home & Garden Expo.

“Crafters attending are required to submit photos of their handiwork before they are accepted for the show,” said Althea Thomas-Swanson, MCVA Expo Committee member.

“There will be some really beautiful items for sale. Crafts include handmade quilts, stone sculptures, etched glass, painted glass, aprons, purses, jewelry, and more.”

Those interested in participating should call Thomas-Swanson at 928-444-5777.

“The association would like to thank our Gold Sponsors: Ace, Derrick Windows & Doors, Lowe’s, and S & S. And we’d also like to acknowledge our Silver Sponsors: Cameron Broadcasting, 1st Call Restoration and Mohave Electric Cooperative,” said Lopez-Rajaniemi. “Special thanks to Lowe’s and Jenner’s Furniture for donating major prizes. And thanks to our vendors, crafters, agencies and organizations. We wouldn’t have an Expo without their participation.

“Lastly, and most importantly, thanks to you — the Tri-state area resident — for supporting our Expo and these local businesses. We look forward to seeing you this weekend.”

For more information about the MVCA Home & Garden Expo, contact Lopez-Rajaniemi at 928-715-3260.

The Mohave Valley Contractors Association is a local association comprised of contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, insurance agents, title companies, pool and landscape professionals, and other trade-related businesses.

Created in 1974, the MVCA was formed to give local contractors a forum to help educate the community and keep the city and county on track with current building practices.