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Go Abode and Beyond

The Fall Home Expo offers everything you need to get home projects planned and scheduled, along with some extra features ranging from fun and altruistic to heartwarming.

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Donna Leahey
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September 28, 2019

Owning a house is great. Making it look how you want, turning it from a house into a home, from a home into your castle, is so satisfying. But sometimes planning for these projects — finding contractors, materials, budgeting, deciding when to do the work, figuring out if you can do it on your own, or if you need to hire someone — can be stressful. If only you could find all the answers in one stop. How great would that be?

The Fall Home Expo offers everything you need to get home projects planned and scheduled, along with some extra features ranging from fun and altruistic to heartwarming. Best of all, there’s no charge to enter.

The expo’s show director, Frank W. Sawyer, has been directing it since 2014 and added a spring show in 2016. He’s also been involved with home shows since 1989. “I’ve been part of probably hundreds of shows. Ours is the only locally owned and family operated home show in Tulsa,” he says. “We’re personally concerned about you having a good time as an exhibitor or guest.

“We’re the only fall show, and it’s 60,000 square feet filled with exhibits. There’ll be about 150 exhibitors there.”

If you want a preview, you can check out the event website, which includes info for last year’s show as well. If there’s a vendor you saw last year and you want to contact them, you can still find their info on the website. “Each show has a standalone website,” says Sawyer. “No other home shows have standalone websites just for the shows.”

You can find exhibitors ranging from roofing and garage doors to homebuilders and drywall experts as well as companies focused on air conditioning, painting, pools, pest control, hot tubs, windows, lawn care, and more.

“Fall is a good time to work on energy efficiency, your home interior, and to preplan your spring projects,” Sawyer says. “Too many people wait until spring to book contractors, and they’re already booked out into spring.”

There are also some cash-and-carry options at the expo, so you can get some shopping done while you’re attending. “The Shopper’s Markets are point-of-purchase exhibitors offering gift items, small items, food products, gift baskets, and more.”

Sawyer also encourages empty nesters to attend. If your house is suddenly much bigger than you need for just two, come to the show and see what you need to do to get ready to sell. “Why wait until the last minute? Figure out what needs to happen between now and selling the house,” he says.

The show guide will help you find your way around the expo and right to the exhibitors you need. “The show guide is a 24 to 32 page, full -color magazine,” explains Sawyer. “It’s got descriptions of the exhibitors, contact information, and website addresses. No other home show has as nice a guide.”

Sawyer planned the fall expo not just to appeal to homeowners and project planners, but to the whole family. “We’ve got features to hold the interest of the whole family,” Sawyer says. “No need for babysitters. And there’s free parking, free events, and free admission.”

There are events to help keep the interest of younger children. One of those features is the Rescue Roundup. It’s made up of local rescue groups to facilitate the adoption of rescue dogs. So, while you’re planning your spring landscaping project, you can bring home a new family member to share the love. And you know you’re doing a good deed because adopting a rescue pet helps the fight against pet overpopulation.

The American Red Cross will be there conducting a blood drive, and you can even sit in on discount travel seminars so you can save some money on vacations and have more to put into your home.

One of the not-to-be-missed features at this year’s expo is the Tulsa Garden Railroad Club. “They have larger-scale electric trains that run through gardens outside,” he says. “They’ve got a huge assortment of trains.”

As if that wasn’t enough, there are daily prizes available and a grand prize to be given away Sunday.

LOCATOR
Fall Home Expo
Expo Square
4000 E. 15th St. | Tulsa
fallhomeexpo.com
Nov. 1: Noon-8 p.m.
Nov. 2: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Nov. 3: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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