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This Saturday is the Health, Home & Garden Show at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds - 9am to 4pm.
This Saturday is the Health, Home & Garden Show at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds - 9am to 4pm.

Let’s face it. After a particularly cold and snow-filled winter, everything is looking a little shabby, shaggy and out-of-shape. Fortunately, you’ll find plenty of ideas for improvement Saturday at The Republic’s seventh annual Home, Health and Garden Show hosted at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds.

In addition to an anticipated 40 vendors presenting a wide array of information relating to home, health and garden, you’ll find a kids’ fitness challenge; cooking, gardening and home improvement demonstrations from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., as well as door prizes and concessions.


Color is a key word for your home this year. The home vendors at the show are bringing out their best and brightest hues and shades.

You’ll find ways to brighten your living space either on your own or with Home vendors at the show such as Sherwin-Williams, Vinyl Solutions Unlimited and Greeman Furniture. Vinyl Solutions will bring in a deck for display. “We’re highlighting colors,” said Vinyl Solutions owner Annette Geis. “I tell people to keep their deck kind of neutral and to get a color you’re going to want to look at for 20 to 25 years.”

If you don’t have a ton of money

Exclusive Plum, Sherwin-Williams’ color of the year, is a chic violet plum. For $64.99 you can get one gallon of this hue in an environmentally friendly, low-vapor, highly washable paint.

One gallon should be enough for a bathroom or an accent wall, said Sherwin Williams color consultant Marcia Carson.

If you have some money to kick around

Dress up a room instantly with a oversized, decorative wall clock, $199, from Seymour-based Greeman Furniture. “It tells you the time,” said Greeman Manager Shawn Busby, “But it’s also kind of a work of art.”

If money is no object

For upwards of $25,000, you could get a 60-by-25-foot, two-story deck from Vinyl Solutions.


With your body, planting yourself amid good judgment and wisdom can yield a harvest of lifelong health, according to specialists slated for the show. They also say the smallest of steps, taken consistently, can help people make great progress.

If you don’t have a ton of money

Got 15 minutes per day? Simple stretching can do wonders for various parts of the body, especially areas where past problems may have occurred. “A little stretching done daily over a long period of time is going to make a huge difference,” said Lauren Wright, a chiropractic assistant with Columbus’ Family Chiropractic and Wellness, which will be conducting free stress tests at the show. “It’s the same as brushing your teeth every day. If you stretch the area where you especially hold tension, you’re going to prevent injuries later, and you’re going to prevent holding in all that tension, and also allow for the right amount of blood flow.”

If you have a little money to kick around

Buy good orthotic insoles, about  $36, for your casual or athletic shoes. “A lot of people are going without the proper arch support,” said Terry Nichalson, manager of Seymour’s The Fitted Foot, which will highlight at the show the damage of most flip-flops.

Without that support, Nichalson said, often arches collapse and the result is pain in feet and the back. “We see it all the time.”

And clients return to tell them that the orthotics eventually have helped to erase pain.

The inserts normally last about one year.

If money is no object

If you have up to an hour a few times per week, enroll, with the approval of your doctor, in a variety of Columbus Regional Health Wellness Classes. Ruth Bayardo, a certified fitness instructor, will conduct a demonstration at 2 p.m. of her three-times-a-week, 30-minute piloxing class, which is a mix of pilates, boxing and Zumba-style dance.

Bayardo is just one of two local instructors certified to teach piloxing.


This spring, our gardens are practically bursting at the seams.

Temper your yard with helpful advice from lawn and garden vendors, including Benchmark Landscape & Design, Wischmeier Nursery Inc., and Grass Luvers, which will be displaying their work and wares.

Cameron Stone, who owns Benchmark Landscape & Design, will set up his 10-foot by 10-foot display spot to showcase his experience in landscape design. Whether you’re perusing the garden ideas at Wischmeier or checking out the riding lawn mowers at Grass Luvers’ display, you can get a good idea of just how to spend your money.

If you don’t have a ton of money

Hauling out a sub-par lawnmower and mowing your lawn just gets tiresome. Benchmark Landscape & Design owner Cameron Stone will mow your lawn, starting at $45 an acre. “It’s less of a burden on you,” Stone said. “You get to come home and enjoy your yard and not work on it.”

If you have a little money

A black tulip flowering magnolia is $100 for a shrub and has only recently come into Wischmeier Nursery.

If money is no object

A Simplicity Cobalt riding lawn mower, $9,999, available at Grass Luvers.

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