Welcome back to our returning guests and hello to those who are enjoying the Home Garden Flower Show, May Fair for the first time. If you are ready to build or remodel you’ve come to the right place! Experience what’s new in kitchen and baths, windows and window treatments, furniture, and everything for the outdoors all right here in one location.. We have the best of the best waiting to answer questions, make appointments for estimates and guide you with quality professional advice.

The event has grown so much in terms of offerings that it is now being billed not just a home, garden and flower show, but a 15May Fair. “May Fair came about as I was trying to describe it to someone,” said Karla Ficker, producer of the show. “I started by saying that it’s not your standard home show, or a flower and garden or cooking show. It’s become a much anticipated event after dealing with our notorious long winters. It’s a time to spruce up the home and garden, purchase product for your garden, and a perfect time for meeting face to face and making those important business connections.  It’s a promise of coming good weather and being outdoors. It’s a May Fair.”

Chosen three times by Yankee Magazine as one of the top 20 events in Maine, the home related part of our show features landscape display, lawn and power equipment, indoor and outdoor pellet and wood boilers, solar and alternative heating experts, interior decorators, kitchen designers, windows, grills, overhead doors and more. “We have assembled a unique mix of quality exhibitors, speakers, gifted artists and crafters and specialty food purveyors,” Ficker said. “Our exhibitors are here to help enlighten attendees to the newest energy-saving products on the market, available rebates and more. Many sell their garden products, seedlings, organics and share their gardening expertise.”

Ficker said “Living Green” is the theme for the home portion of this year’s show, with five new sponsors and more hosuetohomelogoopportunities to learn what’s new, efficient and affordable in alternative energy. House to Home by Chick Lumber has quickly become New Hampshire’s premier home building and remodeling design showroom. ADT Home Security Systems, Dirfy Generators, and  Mainely Tubs partnering with Stonewalls & Repairs of Buckfield, ME incorporating an outdoor hot tub with landscape design. Additionally, Cudmore Curbscapes bring new technology and products for the home and garden to the show.

“Consumers are very interested in what’s new in energy and cost saving home improvements, now more than ever before,” Ficker said. “While this past winter was mild by every standard, one thing is a fact, each year winter offers us a new set of heating challenges. This is a wonderful opportunity for people to make connections, talk with respected businesses, make appointments for estimates, see demonstrations and have good information to take home.” One aspect that can be overwhelming and often the deciding factor of whether to move forward with energy saving products, is the understanding of rebates. New Hampshire and Maine each have their own state rebates along with rebates from the federal government. Knowing how to take advantage and utilize rebate incentives for your next energy saving project can save you money on your initial investment in addition to the savings you experience over the long term use of such products. May Fair provides a unique opportunity to talk with knowledgeable representatives about the rebate process.

May Fair is a great place to enjoy lots of great food! Including fair favorites like fried clams and lobster rolls, kettle corn, funnel cakes and more, there will also be  great activities for kids round out the weekend.On Saturday and Sunday, Home Depot and the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation will be joining forces to entertain the kids (and parents too).

Our Artists in Residence makes its debut this year! We have created an opportunity to meet some of Maine and New Hampshire’s most talented artists. Throughout the weekend, view demonstrations on pottery throwing, rug hooking, or shabby chic painting. These are but a few of the treats in store for you. Please read our Artists in Residence article and prepare to be wowed by their talent and gain a little more understanding as to why their business is such an important part of the local communities.

In 2015 we introduced the Wine, Craft Beer and Cheese Pavilion sponsored by The Good Beer Store of Fryeburg and Cabot Creamery Cooperative, where attendees can sample different styles of wine craft beer, meads and hard cider.  The Good Beer Store has been busy all winter and now manufactures their very own craft brew called Saco River’s Clearwater Pale Ale.  In Saco River Brewing - BREWING spreadaddition, they are eagerly putting the finishing touches on launch and opening of The Saco River Brewery. Watch for an early June grand opening of the Brewery!

We also introduced an Indoor Farmers’ Market, featuring Maine and New Hampshire businesses and farms that practice sustainable agriculture. In addition to fresh produce and cheeses, there will be textiles, soaps, maple syrup, jams, craft beer, a host of great seedlings and herbs. This year we’ve added another outdoor brick oven fired up as Sheehan Farm will be making fresh bread to go along with the tasty samplings in the Pavilion. The Wine, Craft Beer and Cheese Pavilion is located in the Specialty Foods Building and as we knew it would, the Indoor Farmers’ Market has expanded into several buildings and outside locations as well.

“Sizzlin Summer Recipes” is the theme of this year’s Meet the Chefs Cooking Series, with award-winning chefs from the region sharing creative and tasty recipes for the entire family. Presentations are taking place all three days of the show in Expo 1 and outside at the TrueBrick Oven, sponsored by Top Furniture, Wusthof Cutlery and Kitchen Aid appliances.

The home and garden seminars take place all three days of the show, with experts offering tips on home improvement, IMG_5143gardening and landscaping.

“And our own perennial favorite, Paul Parent of the Paul Parent Garden Club (the Garden Guru) is also back,” Ficker said. “Paul will present a seminar on Saturday, May 14th from 12:15 – 1:15 and Sunday, May 15h will be on hand to meet and talk and share his knowledge all three days of the show.” Parent’s weekly Paul Parent Garden Club radio show airs in all 50 states, and the show will be live from the fairgrounds on Sunday from 6 to 10 a.m. (Check his website www.paulparentgardenclub.com, for a station near you.)