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The Maricopa County Home and Landscape Show is returning to Glendale with new activities, seminars and businesses for Arizonans to participate in.

“It's a trade show with over 1,000 booths, and we host five events a year,” said Brianna Dibrell, event coordinator for the Maricopa County Home Show. “It's a great place for homeowners to meet with different businesses, shop, compare and save money. We have everything from home remodeling to landscaping to local artisans.”

The show will take place at State Farm Stadium from 10am to 5pm, Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14. It's indoors and parking is free.

Admission to the show is $6 for adults and free for children under 12. The show has special events such as Senior Morning on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon ($4 for seniors 60 and older), Customer Appreciation Day from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday and Sunday ($3 for everyone) and Military and Teacher Appreciation Day, where admission is $4 with valid ID. Residents can also apply for a $2 discount off admission by visiting the show's website. Dibrell said tickets can only be purchased by card at the on-site box office.

The Maricopa County Home & Landscape Show is a family-owned, women-run business that began with one show at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in 1993 and has since expanded to five shows around the Valley, relocating from Alaska to Arizona.

The show's goal is to connect homeowners with businesses that offer remodeling and other services.

“I think when someone is looking for a contractor to do something in their home, it's important to meet with the contractor in person,” Dibrell said.

“That way customers can compare companies because it might give them something extra incentive. When you Google something, you get 100 sources, but The Home Show has companies that are trusted, vetted and reliable. We've been in business for over 30 years, so we make sure that all of our companies are vetted, licensed and trustworthy. It's a different take on shopping. … You get to see the face of the company.”







The upcoming Maricopa County Home & Landscape Show will differ from the show held at the stadium earlier this year in that it will utilize the entire stadium rather than just the stadium floor, and will also feature more hands-on activities for children and adults, as well as seminars focused on summer cooking. (Maricopa County Home Showroom/Submitted)




The upcoming show will differ from the one held at the stadium earlier this year in that it will take place throughout the entire stadium, not just on the stadium floor.

In addition to taking over the entire stadium, the show also added a hands-on gardening element so people could work on their own plants.

“The show will feature kitchen herb propagation, where attendees can get an herb, propagate it, take it home and watch it thrive,” Dibrell said. “We'll also have mix-and-match mini plants, where attendees can pick a cute handmade pot, choose a plant and learn how to repot the plant. The show, hosted by Arizona Flower Market, will feature a different flower each day and different ways to incorporate it into your lifestyle. So the plant bar is a lot more hands-on and super cool.”

To cater to parent-child demand over the summer holidays, the show has added children's workshops that offer bonding experiences such as making matching cactus pendants, creating family handprints and regular family portraits.

“These are all parent-child collaboration workshops that we wanted to incorporate this summer,” Dibrell said.

“Being a mom myself, I have a lot of free time now, so I'm always looking for things to do to keep my kids busy over the summer.”

Dibrell said the show will also be changing up its main stage seminars, focusing on summer cooking topics instead of the usual DIY and home improvement topics. Live demonstrations will include a company called Cultura Mia showing audiences how to make agua fresca from scratch, and a company called Smoked Seasonings and Salts showing attendees how to make the perfect barbecued brisket and homemade tortillas. The final seminar will veer slightly off topic, with the Arizona Community Tree Council hosting a tree care seminar and talking about where to plant trees to increase property values.

“In the summer, we're thinking about trending topics, and a big topic right now is summer barbecues,” Dibrell says, “so we thought a refreshing fruit drink would be a big hit, as would a barbecue with brisket, because barbecues and cookouts are huge in the summer. So we try to stay up to date on what's trending and what's popular and useful.”

Dibrell said attendees can also expect “some great bargains” as many businesses are offering three-day-only sales to enhance the showroom experience.

“Whether you're looking to renovate your home or just want to do something, there's a variety of shopping options available,” Dibrell said.

Dibrell said they try to expand and offer more free activities at each show so people can come and experience something and get some educational opportunities as well.

“We want to be able to provide homeowners with any and all resources they need,” Dibrell said. “Whether it's if they need a landscaper, if their trees are dying, if they want to know how to report it, we want to be able to provide almost any information at the show home.”

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