Veteran home show producer brings new show to southern Fort Bend County

The new Fort Bend County Home & Garden Show is bringing two shows rolled into one to the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 15-16, 2022. Attendees will be able to see ideas for home improvement, decorating, interior design, landscapes and outdoor entertainment and speak with service providers […]

The new Fort Bend County Home & Garden Show is bringing two shows rolled into one to the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 15-16, 2022.

Attendees will be able to see ideas for home improvement, decorating, interior design, landscapes and outdoor entertainment and speak with service providers face to face. Plus, they can shop a Winter Gift Market. They can also enjoy beer and wine sampling and an entire building dedicated to food sampling.

RJC Productions President Robyn Cade has produced the popular Katy home show for nearly 16 years. She launched the new event to give southern Fort Bend County residents a show that was nearby and convenient because as the Houston area continues to grow, the traffic only gets worse.

Cade’s 50-50 partnership with the gift market grew out of the pandemic. The Katy home show and the gift market were shut down for about 15 months. In spring 2021, they worked together and made gifts a large portion of the home show.

“The response from the attendees was overwhelming. They loved having both of them together,” Cade said. “So even though COVID wasn’t necessarily a total win for us because we were shut down for so long, I think this new hybrid show coming out of it is something that will be beneficial for all of us in the future.”

With Fort Bend County’s growth in recent years, Cade said the demand for home improvements and projects has increased. And Harvard University researchers reported that in 2020, Americans broke records by spending nearly $420 billion on home improvement projects as they spent more time at home due to the pandemic and wanted to improve their space. According to the National Association of Realtors, most people who went ahead with renovations were more content in their homes and found a sense of accomplishment.

“We just thought it seemed like a great area that we can bring a great event to those people, and they don’t have to drive in town or even drive as far as Katy,” she explained. “And you know, if you drive in town, you’re going to pay $15 in parking, and our parking is free.”

Since the Katy home show takes place at Katy ISD’s Merrell Center where alcohol is not allowed, Cade is looking forward to having a beer and wine element at the new show.

She also likes to support small businesses such as specialty food companies, so she is excited to have an entire building centered around people trying new foods. The Cheese Chica from Katy will offer “Charcuterie Boarding School” with workshops and demonstrations on how to beautiful and delicious charcuterie boards.

Cade said the show will be a great place to shop for a kitchen remodel but also pick up a new shawl, all in one place.

She added that home shows are great for the local economy because the vendors are local businesses that will benefit from the exposure. Sometimes people who really didn’t have any plans to make home improvements decide there is a project they want to tackle or a service like mosquito treatment that could help them.

Admission is $7 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. Cade said she works to make coming to the show affordable. Driving into Houston for a home show, show attendees can pay $15 for parking, on top of their admission. Parking at the Fort Bend show will be free.

The Fort Bend Home & Garden Show will be run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16, at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, located at 4310 Texas-36 South in Rosenberg. For additional information, directions, seminar times and hours and to register for a $250 shopping spree, visit www.ftbendhomeandgardenshow.com.

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