1,200 vendors showcasing wares at Auburn Home Show

Spring event offers latest in exterior, interior decor
By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Gold Country News Service
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Hope you cleared out quite a bit of space during spring cleaning. Those attending this weekend’s Auburn Home Show are going to have a hard time leaving the Gold Country Fairgrounds empty handed, faced with 1,200 exhibits covering everything that could possibly be done to the interior or exterior of any home. The fairgrounds has been transformed into a one-stop shop for all things residential. “We’re so doggone busy but everyone’s happy, everyone’s smiling,” Lani Johnston Horan, Auburn Home Shows producer, said Wednesday morning while taking a quick break. Horan said some of the exhibitors have been setting up since last Friday in order to create a display sure to stop show-goers in their tracks. Of course, there are more than a thousand reasons to be excited about this spring’s Home Show — the show also takes over the fairgrounds each fall — but a couple at the top of Horan’s list are American Home Sales’ Sonoma House, a visit from TLC “Date My House”co-host Nadia Geller, seeing the landscape meadow transformed into a gardener’s paradise, and, of course, cooking demonstrations by local chefs. The Sonoma House is a 1,200-square-foot “pre-fabulous” manufactured house featuring sustainable elements including reclaimed local wood floors, a built-in recycling system and a rainwater catching system. “I can’t even describe how many features there are,” Horan said. “Everything that’s done is really done to be eco-friendly.” Geller, co-host of “Date My House,” will present seminars Saturday and Sunday about interior design and staging a home to sell. “It gives it an extra, added special feature,” Doran said of Geller’s presence at the Auburn Home Show. “It’s always fun to see someone who’s on TV come in and to see how they interact with everyone.” The spring home show serves as a perfect showcase for the skills of local landscapers. “I think the fairgrounds are such that it lends itself to showing off. It just lends itself to a natural setting,” Horan said of the landscape meadow. Whether looking to buy or just dreaming about future projects, one Auburn Home Show feature sure to make everyone happy, if not a little hungry too, are local chef demonstrations featuring Bootleggers’ Old Town Tavern & Grill, Monkey Cat, Auburn Alehouse, Cathy’s Catering, Latitudes and Drooling Dog Bar B Q. Linda Mason of Colfax’s Drooling Dog Bar B Q plans to prepare “redneck tiramisu,” Drooling Dog’s take on banana pudding. “We kick ours up by soaking our vanilla wafers in almond syrup,” Mason said. Mason plans to make her cooking demonstration Sunday a kid-friendly experience, encouraging children from the audience to come up and mess around with the recipe with additions like food coloring, fresh fruit and candies. “It won’t be just a demo, it will be play time,” she said. The Journal’s Loryll Nicolaisen can be reached at, or comment online at -------- Auburn Home Show When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday Where Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn Cost: : $6 general, $1 for children ages 5-12, free for children under 5. Seniors 60 and older get in for $1. Parking is $4 For more information: Web site