Cold wind and rain keep garden show turnout low



Cheryl VanOver was thankful she had some pretzels on hand over the weekend, because almost no one was interested in her shave ice it was too cold for a frozen treat.

The Stockton woman said there seemed to be a "trickling" of people at the Calaveras Home, Garden and Recreation show the rain and wind probably kept a fair number of folks in their warm homes, rather than perusing home improvement booths at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp.

Lois "Cricket" Edgerton said this was her first year having a booth at the show and she was enjoying herself despite the modest turnout.

"I find I get to meet more people when I'm outside," the Copperopolis resident said. Until a couple of years ago, Edgerton owned Cricket's Cubby Hole in Columbia, but more recently has taken her craft nook on the road. She sells thick, padded potholders, aprons, T-shirts and a lot of other items, all of which she designs herself.

"My mom knows I never liked to sew," Edgerton said. "She's probably just giggling."

The free show was open Saturday and Sunday, and is normally a well-attended annual event.

Popular attractions at the show included just about anything that had to do with food, including cooking demonstrations by an olive oil company and a pest control company that was handing out fried larvae and meal worms as snacks, which a few daring souls munched down.

People who didn't mind the weather had plenty of room to look at plants, fountains, garden decorations, fireplaces, furniture and more.

Beverly Vierra and Ken Uhl, also of Copperopolis, braved the weather to search for garden items that would work for Uhl's particular garden where the soil is so hard-packed, he has a problem finding plants that can thrive.

"I'm here to see if we could find something to grow in concrete," Uhl said.

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