By Shaun Ryan
It’s time once again for the fall Jacksonville Home + Patio Show, a major event for anyone looking to complete a project around the house or just seeking inspiration.
The show will be held Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Jacksonville. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 2.
Single-day admission at the box office is $12 for adults age 13 and older, $5 for seniors age 60 and older (on Friday only, with ID), $5 for children ages 6-12 (only via the box office) and free to children age 5 and younger. There is a $2 savings on adult tickets purchased online at jacksonvillefallhomeandpatioshow.mpetickets.com.
The show is a huge marketplace, with more than 300 booths. It’s a great place to meet with industry professionals, see informative presentations and purchase products and services. Organizers suggest wearing comfortable shoes, bringing a pen and paper to take notes and having some cash on hand, though most vendors will accept plastic.
Many attendees like having everything under one roof for the convenience of one-stop shopping. In addition, attendees may find special “show deals” on products and services that might otherwise be unavailable. In addition, the show features high quality exhibitors so that attendees can trust the offerings.
But the vendor booths are only part of the fun.
Two special guests will be on hand: Joe Mazza, host of HGTV’s “Home Inspector Joe,” and Virginia Chamlee, author of the best-selling book, “Big Thrift Energy.”
Mazza is an expert home inspector with 20 years in the construction industry. On TV, he helps house hunters realize their dream home designs and repair any safety issues that need addressed. His online videos are popular for the valuable advice he shares. He will be at the Fresh Ideas Stage at 2 p.m. Sept. 30 and noon and 2 p.m. Oct. 1.
Chamlee’s book is a manual for finding attractive design pieces at great prices. The lifelong collector shares some of her best finds, including a Goyard trunk worth about $10,000 that she got for $90 and a floor-length vintage Christian Dior cape, which she acquired at Goodwill for $10.
She will be at the Fresh Ideas Stage at 3 p.m. Oct. 1.
In addition, Sept. 30 is “Hero Day,” when active military personnel, veterans, police, fire and first responders will be admitted free with a valid ID. Oct. 2 is “Teacher Appreciation Day,” when teachers and school employees will be admitted free with a valid ID.
A Home Depot Kids’ DIY Workshop is planned for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2.
Throughout the show, there will be a professionally curated picnic display, and food trucks will be onsite from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 30 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 2.
For further information, go to jacksonvillefallhomeshow.com.