Home and Garden Show/Pancake Days

Escanaba Kiwanis Home and Garden Show/Pancake Days – Sponsored by American Metal Roofs of Northern Wisconsin

April 6-8, 2018  UP State Fair Ground–Ruth Butler Building
Contact: Pat Rudden 906-280-1789

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Come join us for the Annual Escanaba Kiwanis Club Home and Garden Show and Pancake Days! Help us to welcome our major sponsor American Metal Roofs of Northern Wisconsin.

Entrance to the show is FREE!  Pancake meal tickets are:

  • $6 for adults
  • $4 for children 6-12
  • FREE for children under 6

Check out the weekend:

  • Friday, April 6th
    • 6:00 p.m. Demonstrations by Elmer’s County Market
    • 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. How to safely preserve your harvest, Stephanie Ostrenga, Michigan State University Extension Food Safety Educator – Fresh produce provides many nutritional benefits, yet we often end up with more vegetables than what we can eat. Different methods of food preservation provide wonderful options to save the excess. Stephanie will show you tips and tricks, so you can safely preserve your harvest.
  • Saturday, April 7th
    • 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Dig into Soil Health with the Escanaba Community Garden Case Study by Monica Jean, MSUE Field Crop Educator – Soil is the foundation to healthy and productive vegetables. Discover smart gardening practices you can use to create your own healthy soil while hearing about what is happening at the Michigan State University Extension’s Community Garden in Escanaba to build healthy soil.
    • 10:15 – 11:00 a.m. ‘Starting Small’ by Elizabeth Slajus, Advanced Extension Master Gardener, MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Support Staff – Easy steps for successful gardening with children of all ages. Explore what children at the Woodland Childcare Center, Kingsford, see, hear, and do in the school garden that Liz created and manages as her Extension Master Gardener volunteer project.
    • 11:00 a.m. Demonstrations by Elmer’s County Market
    • 12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Inviting Birds into the Landscape, Joe Kaplan, Director, Common Coast – Research & Conservation – Learn how to attract a diversity of birds to your yard or garden through the use of native landscaping, feeding, nest box placement, and water features. Explore the importance of “stop-over” habitat and the rich dynamic of bird migration in our region. Joe will share insight from 30 years of tree planting and bird related experience (including an Escanaba yard list boasting nearly 200 species!) on how to make your yard more enticing to our feathered friends.
    • 1:00 p.m. Demonstrations by Elmer’s County Market
    • 2:15 – 3:00 p.m. ‘Smart’ Composting to Balance Economic and Environmental Sustainability for Gardens, Farms, or Communities, Brad Morgan, Owner, Morgan Composting – If you want to start or improve your composting program in a garden, on the farm, or within a community, join composting expert, Brad Morgan, who will share how you can build and maintain a successful composting program that follows the state requirements for temperatures and turning times to maximize your natural resources. Discover how to compost in your garden, farm, or community to build healthy soil.
    • 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Inviting Birds into the Landscape, Joe Kaplan, Director, Common Coast – Research & Conservation – repeat of Joe’s 12:15 presentation
    • 4:00 p.m. Demonstrations by Elmer’s County Market
    • 5:15 – 6:00 p.m. ‘Inviting Mason Bees to your Backyard’ by Jim Wilson, Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, Pennsylvania – Join Jim to learn more about Mason bees and the importance of these native pollinators. Home gardeners will discover ways to invite them into the landscape and gardens. One lucky attendee can win a mason bee hotel donated by Brushy Mountain Bee Farm.
  • Sunday, April 8th
    • 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. ‘Inviting Mason Bees to your Backyard’ by Jim Wilson, Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, Pennsylvania – Join Jim to learn more about Mason bees and the importance of these native pollinators. Home gardeners will discover ways to invite them into the landscape and gardens. One lucky attendee can win a mason bee hotel donated by Brushy Mountain Bee Farm.
    • 10:30 a.m. Demonstrations by Elmer’s County Market
    • 11:30 – 12:15 p.m. How to safely preserve your harvest, Stephanie Ostrenga, Michigan State University Extension Food Safety Educator – Fresh produce provides many nutritional benefits, yet we often end up with more vegetables than what we can eat. Different methods of food preservation provide wonderful options to save the excess. Stephanie will share tips and tricks, so you can safely preserve your harvest.

Show and Pancake Hours:

  • Friday 4/6 – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday 4/7 – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday 4/8 – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vendor Information and Contract

Vendors wishing to participate in this year’s show may download and print the:

Michigan State University Extension

The Michigan State University Extension Service will be presenting a series of “Smart Gardening” seminars throughout the show.  Attendees at all Smart Gardening presentations can enter to win different garden- themed door prizes.

For more information on participating in this year’s show, please contact Pat Rudden by phone at 906.786.0222  ext. 111   FAX 906.786.2814 or email patrudden@nmbank.com