It might be too cold this week to work in the vegetable garden or refinish the deck in the backyard. But it is never too early to start planning a string of creative improvement projects for the years ahead. A slew of vendors and local businesses at this weekend's Lodi Home and Garden Show are eager to help you get going.
Ninety-five vendors, from flooring and construction experts to pool installers and landscaping teams, have reserved booths for the three-day event that will take over Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Cabernet Halls at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds.
"The show is intended for anyone who wants to improve their home," said Aldo Montijo, a marketing manager for Metro Expositions, the host of the event.
On Sunday, two foreclosure specialists are hosting a free seminar and a question-and-answer session about recovering from bankruptcy and foreclosure. That talk runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
A new feature this year is a food truck battle. Six food trucks — including Lodi's Moveable Feast — will be whipping up tasty morsels like fresh cupcakes, barbecue and gourmet sandwiches, and competing for the title of Best Food Truck.
Attendees will receive a voting ballot to select their favorite truck, and votes will be tallied up on Sunday.
Metro Expositions has run home and garden shows in the Central Valley since 1985. Currently, they put on four shows a year in Modesto, Stockton and Lodi. This year is the 14th annual Lodi show, and a few thousand people are expected to come exploring the wares and services on offer.
"What really makes it popular is that Lodi is such a tight-knit community and so supportive of its local businesses," said Montijo.
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