From flower buds to taste buds, a Spring Fair is in the air!

The Northern New England Home, Garden and Flower Show will return to the Fryeburg Fairgrounds and celebrate its ninth year May 14, 15 16, 2010.

What sets this garden show apart from the rest is that it happens at the height of spring. The Fryeburg show spans seven major exhibit halls plus an additional six acres of outside home and garden displays. With all the trappings of a country fair in May including fair food, this event has a flavor that is festive and unique among home and garden shows. More than 300 booths will fill the exhibit halls, showcasing the newest energy efficient products and services for the home and garden. Outdoor displays include lawn and garden equipment, power equipment, fencing, recreational sports equipment, garden centers, outdoor brick ovens, demonstrations and more.

“We have assembled a unique mix of quality exhibitors, speakers, crafters, and demonstrations. Our exhibitors are here to help enlighten attendees to the newest energy saving products on the market, others to showcase their amazing talent in landscape and gardening expertise.” said Karla Ficker, Show Producer. “If it is information you are seeking, plants or veggie seedlings to purchase, great garden crafts or you just want a fun way to spend a spring weekend, this event should be high on your weekend schedule”.

Show attendees will find a wealth of the latest information on cutting-edge products and services for the home such as solar hot water heaters, geothermal and other innovative heating solutions, wind power, the next generation in insulation just to mention just a few. Attendees can listen and talk with the experts at The Smart HomeOwner Seminar series, running throughout the show. Seminars will be given on the latest in geo-thermal, solar, wind power, window treatments green home design and more.

These seminars provide valuable information for consumers who are either looking to buy, build or remodel their homes. Lenders will also be on hand to discuss the new programs and tax credits available for first time homeowners. Many of the energy saving products available are eligible for a Federal 30% tax credit. Some states also offer further incentives to consumers.

Eleven garden centers will be selling an enormous variety of perennials, annuals, vegetable seedlings, shrubs, trees, hardscape products and organics. Our All Things Growing Garden Seminars Series helps the beginner gardener or “newbee” with the basics of gardening through seminars and demonstrations. Speakers will present their individual expertise on subjects ranging from basic garden skills to specialty plants, beekeeping, container gardening, and stone work. Now in its sixth year, Meet the Chefs is a favorite of the Show. Always an impressive list of great chefs from the best restaurants and resorts, this year we will introduce several celebrity chefs, including Mary Ann Esposito, creator of the nationally recognized PBS cooking series Ciao Italia, Kate Krukowski Gooding, chef and cookbook author of Black Fly Stew Cookbook Series, Jean Kerr, chef, author and editor of Taste of the Seacoast Magazine Chef Doris B, an eighty-five year chef, author and inspiration to us all and national award winning Dennis Sherman, creator of DennyMike’s Cue Sauce share their secrets play to standing-room only crowds. Stonehurst Manor’s chef Jim Davis is again collaborating with David Neufeld of North Star Stoneworks to showcase brick oven cooking, taking the backyard pizza oven to new heights of culinary possibilities.

Dozens of artists and talented garden crafters fill the Craft Building selling their unique, handcrafted items for the home and garden. This is a great time to pick up the perfect gift for the garden or home. Live music, great fair food and hands on demonstrations.

Parents with children can take advantage of a new feature this year. We introduce a limited number of rides for young children. Parking is free and the grounds are handicapped accessible.

Sponsors of the 2010 Home Garden Flower Show are WMTW TV8, Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram, FRANK FM 107.5 are Chick’s Lumber, Viking Appliances, Bay Street Discount, and Cutco Cutlery.

The Fryeburg Fairgrounds is located on Rte. 5 in the center of Fryeburg, Maine. The 2010 Northern New England Home Garden & Flower Show runs Friday, May 14th, 11am – 6 pm, Saturday, May 15th, 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday, May 16th, 10 am – 5 pm. General Admission is $8, Seniors are $6 (65+), $4 for Youths 6-16 and children under 6 are free. Group rates are available. A full exhibitor list is available on the website and discount coupons are available as well. Please note that all events and activities are subject to change.