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August 5, 2017

Bigger and Better 8th Annual Orlando Fall Home and Garden Returns Aug. 25-27

Ahmed Hassan from DIY’s ‘Yard Crashers’ and Skip Bedell,
Co-Host of Spike TV’s ‘Catch a Contractor,’ Slated to Appear

ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 4, 2017) – Show Technology, producers of the nation’s most exciting home and garden shows, has announced that the 8th Annual Fall Orlando Home and Garden Show is returning to the Orange County Convention Center for three days from Aug. 25-27, 2017.

The Orlando Fall Home and Garden show is the biggest home and garden event of the season and THE place to get your home projects solved! Visit the convention center to enjoy thousands of square feet of exhibits, featuring landscape and gardening experts, home improvement contractors, the latest in products and services, and related businesses exhibiting and explaining everything from creating curb appeal to backyard landscapes. The Orlando Fall Home and Garden Show saves time by offering everything for your home and garden under one roof, and features fun activities for the whole family.


HIGHLIGHTS:
·         5,000 square feet of Designer Rooms
·         Sodo Home Design Center
·         Interior Design Panel and Seminars
·         Tom MacCubbin Appearance and Seminar
·         Florida-Friendly Landscaping Seminar
·         Orchid Sale by Old Florida Farm
·         New Product Zone
·         Wine Tastings
·         Art, Gift, and Gourmet area
·         Health and Diabetes Screenings and Flu Shots by Walgreens
·         Free Home and Garden tote bags (while supplies last).

KIDS ZONE
·         Free 4” x 6” Fall Photo of Children 12 and under by Michele Justice Photography
·         Fun Faces Balloon Animals and Face Painting

PET ZONE
·         Birds of Prey by Wild About Birds
·         Pet Adoptions by Polka Dogz Pet Rescue
·         Sit Means Sit Seminars

CELEBRITY APPEARANCES:
Ahmed Hassan Celebrity Landscaper on DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers”— At the age of 10, Ahmed Hassan discovered his love of gardening and working outdoors, paving the way to a successful career as one of today’s most sought after celebrity landscapers and green experts. Hassan is best known as the original host of DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers,” which showcased his high-energy, motivational spirit and love for everything green.

Millions of viewers, charmed by his engaging personality and unique style of education and entertainment, have identified Hassan as a landscape and design superstar. In September 2011, “The Nate Berkus Show” unveiled Hassan’s work as lead design consultant for Monica “Warrior Mom” Jorge's house. He co-hosted HGTV's live coverage of the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade. He has served as guest contributor for the “CBS Early Show” and NBC’s “Today Show,” and is a guest columnist for several publications including “HGTV Magazine.

Hassan is an accredited landscape design/build contractor and owns Ahmad Hassan Landscape Services, a full service landscape company. The connective thread through each stage of his life is always problem solving, construction and landscaping. “Creating beautiful spaces outdoors is what I do!” says Hassan.

Skip Bedell of Spike TV’s “Catch A Contractor” and “Fox and Friends” — Home improvement guru Skip Bedell gained a love for building at an early age as he watched and learned carpentry skills from his grandfather and father, both master craftsmen who built some of Long Island’s original homes. Bedell’svast knowledge of the trades and work with master carpenters, licensed electricians, plumbers and masons led him to home building success. His engaging personality landed him roles in local TV commercials, gift segments on NBC’s “Today” show and appearances on Fox. In its third season, Spike TV’s “Catch a Contractor,” follows Bedell, his wife, investigator Alison Bedell, and Adam Carolla as they seek retribution for wronged homeowners. You can also see Skip Bedell regularly delivering DIY tips and product advice on the Fox News Network’s morning show, “Fox and Friends”.

Boyce Thompson, Life-Changing Products Exhibitor — Author and public speaker, Boyce Thompson curates a Life-changing Products exhibit that identifies products that redefine life at home, Thompson monitors crowd-funding campaigns, attends industry trade shows, and scours magazines and websites for latest, greatest groundbreaking products, many of which haven’t’ yet hit the market.

Previous exhibits have featured air conditioners that sense how many people are in the room; smart grid appliances that know the best time to run; inexpensive voice- and motion-activated home automation systems; and deadbolts that monitor who is at the door. The exhibit allows show-goers to interact with the products. Thompson also delivers seminars that explore trends that drive the do-it-yourself, remodeling, and new home markets.

The exhibit generates significant media coverage. Thompson has appeared on morning television shows and in daily newspapers in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, San Jose, Grand Rapids, and Raleigh, among other markets. Exhibit coverage has appeared on websites run by The Associated Press, U.S. Today, MSN, and the Huffington Post.

Thompson is the founding editor of six magazines, including Residential Architect, Big Builder, Digital Home, and ProSales. For 17 years, he served as the editorial director of Builder magazine, which was named the best business publication in America in 2010 by the Association of Business Publication Editors.Thompson’s articles for Fine Homebuilding, Remodeling, The Washington Post, Farm Journal, Governing, Inc., and Practical Homeowner, among other publications. He blogs about new products and home-design trends at finehomebuilding.com, houseplans.com, and boycethompsonmedia.com. 

Amber Clore, Interior Designer – Interior Design spoke to Amber Clore from an early age, often times you would find her rearranging the 12x14bedroom she shared with her younger sister. Even back then, her goals were becoming clear: to create a comfortable and functional space in which to love and live well. Little did she know what started out as an elective class at Lake Mary High School would culminate into a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, grow into a prominent Interior Design business, and become an active member of her community. Along with her degree and opening A.CloreInteriors, in 2012, Amber is a Florida NCIDQ licensed interior designer (#ID6200) and member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). She will serve as the ASID Florida North President in 2018 and is also a member of the ASID Legislative Council. Amber’s goal for ASID is to advocate the profession of Interior Design and continue to further develop her knowledge and expertise in all aspects of the industry. Amber and her team at A.CloreInteriors have had the pleasure to work with several NBA and NFL athletes, Elected Officials, Disney/Celebration Resorts and several Commercial Businesses to make their design dreams a reality. Because her transformations are visually striking, functional, and timeless, Amber’s success has been showcased on several design shows and renowned media outlets like HGTV, Houzz.com, Bloomingdales, and you may recognize her from Fox35 Good Day Orlando where Amber shows viewers all the design trends, tips and tricks. Amber's passion for helping others speaks volumes in the community, she is a member of the Rotary Club of Lake Mary and works closely with the youth to help encourage good will. She also volunteers her time at Seminole State College serving on several committees to raise funds for student scholarships and Alumni efforts. Her youthful energy and mature sense of style have created a niche in Central Florida and the design world.

Tom MacCubbin, Gardening Expert and Host of “Better Lawns and Gardens”  — With an incomparable green thumb, Tom MacCubbin is best known to Floridians as host of the syndicated radio program “Better Lawns and Gardens,” which is broadcast on more than 20 Florida radio stations. A retired extension environmental horticulturist with the University of Florida, MacCubbin is a regular on TV and writes a Q and A gardening column for “The Orlando Sentinel.” Attendees may also recognize him as a co-host of “Orange County Gardening” on cable television and weekly horticulture reports on Central Florida News 13. 

PHILANTHROPIC CONNECTIONS:
$1 off Adult Admission with canned food item donation benefiting A Place for Grace. A Place for Grace helps the broken and suffering by nurturing, offering encouragement and providing spiritual and social enrichment. It is a one-stop resource center designed to be a central location where churches and non-profit agencies may direct people to receive services in the St. Cloud area.  Note: discount cannot be combined with senior price or any other discount.

WHEN:
Friday, Aug. 25, noon – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 27, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

ADMISSION:
Adults 17+ - $9
16 and Under – Free
Seniors 65+ - $7
Military w/ ID - $7
*Coupons only apply to Adult Admission.
$1 Off Coupon Available At Local Select Home Depot Locations.

WHERE:
Orange County Convention Center
West Hall E 1 and 2
9400 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819
Ph: 407.685.1061

Parking:
$10 onsite parking, West Parking Lots
Enjoy two courtesy shuttles from the parking lots to the E/F lobby entrance.  Shuttles will run on a loop, approximately 5 minutes apart.
Friday, 8/25: 11am-8pm
Saturday, 8/26: 9am-8pm
Sunday, 8/27: 9am-6pm

SHOW SPONSORS:                                                                         
The Orlando Sentinel                                                              
WOCL, 105.9 Radio                                                                         
WKMG, Channel 6