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Spring fever comes to Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna



Jeremy Chavis from Faribault Vacuum and Sewing Center gives a demonstration of a handheld vacuum on Saturday during the KOWZ Home and Recreation Show at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna. (Al Strain/People’s Press)

Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2013 6:00 pm

Spring fever comes to Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna




OWATONNA — Cars lined the parking lot at the Steele County Fairgrounds on Saturday, making for a long walk for some people to get to their destinations inside the Four Seasons Centre.

Though it may have been a trek for some, inside they were likely to find something that grabbed their attention, thanks to 230 vendor booths that lined the floor of the building for the annual KOWZ/KORN Home and Recreation Show.

Visitors had the opportunity to see a variety of products to prepare for the coming of spring. There were home-based businesses, landscaping ideas, lawn care equipment, home-renovation materials and even boats.

Jeff Honsey, boat sales manager at Cabela’s in Owatonna, said while there may not be many sales made at the show this weekend, it’s good for people to come in and see the boats for later.

“It’s a public awareness thing to let them know that we do have a service shop, that we do sell boats out there, and that we’re kind of the community boat dealer,” Honsey said. “It’s kind of planting the seed for sales. We usually see in the middle of summer, we start to see people from the boat show asking if we still have them. That’s when we really start to see the sales and benefits from the show.”

Jim Currier of Turtle Creek Nursery in Owatonna said the show is beneficial because it gives him the opportunity to talk to people and answer questions.

“People always have that little gardening fever,” Currier said. “This year I think people are a little more antsy because you’ve got that old wives’ tale that says you’re supposed spuds in the ground by Good Friday, and that’s not going to happen this year.”

For those in attendance at the show, it was clear that many of them were looking for ideas on what to do when the warm weather comes. For some, it can’t come soon enough.

“It was something to do to get out of the house,” said Allison Peake, who looked at landscaping and boats, among other things. “This weather has been too bad over the winter. I am ready to get out.”

The Home and Recreation Show will continue on Sunday after kicking off on Friday afternoon. Doors open on Sunday at 11 a.m. and the event shuts down at 4 p.m. Admission is free.

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