Union Democrat staff

Event details

The 38th annual Home and Garden show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora. Parking and admission are free. A Mother Lode Adventures shuttle bus is available from The Junction.

Peggy Pietrowicz has planned and managed the Home and Garden Show for six of the 38 years the event has been sponsored by The Union Democrat.

Pietrowicz, the newspaper’s advertising director, said it requires four months of working with her staff and the production department to bring it all together.

Then she goes to the Mother Lode Fairgrounds on a Saturday morning in April and waits.

“It’s like planning a party every year and not knowing who’s going to show up,” she said.

But then, even in the worst of weather, crowds arrive to see the latest and greatest in all things home related.

This year, weather won’t be a problem. Sunny skies are forecast for Saturday with a high close to 70; Sunday will have a few clouds but warmer temperatures.

This year’s show features almost 130 vendors, an increase from last year. Name a category and there’s a business at the fair to fill it. Landscaping, builders, lumber, plumbing, alarm systems, pools, spas, carpet, solar, gravel, propane, machinery, cars, HVAC.

There’s a guy who makes his own wood stoves, a company that sells do-it-yourself back massagers. Knives, beds, remodeling.

It’s one-stop shopping for dreams of home upgrades.

Mountain Sage Coffee will be there serving all sorts of refreshments, as will the Sonora Chamber managing the beer and wine booth. The Kiwanis Club of Sonora will be cooking hamburgers, tri-tip sandwiches, pulled pork and hot dogs while the Kiwanis Club of Groveland will serve burritos.

And what is an event without kettle corn? Mi Wuk Kettle Corn fills that spot.

Parking and admission are free and if you don’t want to jockey for a space at the Fairgrounds, a Mother Lode Adventures shuttle bus is available from The Junction.