Starting yesterday, and running through Sunday of this weekend, Jacksonville’s Prime F. Osborn convention center is hosting the Spring Home & Patio show. I’m told there was two booth spaces left as of last week, so it’s a full show and there will be plenty to see.
For those not familiar with this show, this is a large regional Home & Patio show with 25,000 to 30,000 folks expected to attend over 4 days; depending on weather. The spring show is always busy as folks come with their spring plans in mind.
Maybe they are looking for a vendor for a project they have in mind, or maybe they are looking for ideas and inspiration for their inside and outside spaces. Both are available. There are cooking demonstrations, guest speakers, products for sale, large backyard displays, TV personalities, and food trucks (outside).
If you’ve ever dreamed of an outdoor patio, possibly with an outside kitchen and tiki bar, there will be a few constructed inside at convention center for display. Watching these come together on ‘setup day’ is really cool.
If you haven’t attended the Spring Home & Patio Show in a few years, let me offer a few comments on the crowds. Saturday, when the doors open at 10:00am, and for the next 4-5 hours, are the absolute busiest time over the 4-days of the show.
If you can come another day, or another time, there will be far less congestion in the isles. The crowds are lighter, you’ll get more attention from vendors and likely be able to park a bit closer to the convention center if you don’t come during this peak period.
Friday and Saturday evenings are a great ‘date night’ time to visit. Come prepared to walk the show, and then visit one of the downtown restaurants while in the area for dinner.
Thursday and Friday afternoons, say after 1:00pm, are also ‘off peak’ times if your schedule allows you to come at this time. If you work downtown, visit the show while rush-hour quells, and then make the trip home.
Friday and Sunday, just outside the convention center in the grassy area next to the courtyard, there will also be food trucks. This is always a nice touch, if everyone with you likes to eat different things.
Mr. Handyman will again be at the show (our 12th consecutive show) and look forward to meeting past customers and future customers alike. Stop by our booth and introduce yourself if you have a project you’d like to discuss. I suggest you use the ‘off peak’ timing suggestion above if would like to do more than say “hello”. Folks often bring pictures, of their need or their ‘situation’, to discuss.
Whether you need Mr. Handyman or simply need some inspiration, you can find both at the show this weekend. Come on down and say hello, explore the show, visit a food truck and go home inspired!