Caledonia Home and Garden Show

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LYNDONVILLE- For the third year in a row the Caledonia County Fairgrounds hosted the Caledonia Home and Garden Show. This past weekend, the Fairgrounds were filled with vendors, entrepreneurs, and businesses of all kinds.

 This was all thanks to Nichols Communications, a local public relations enterprise that consults small businesses to try and market their products in the best light possible. This is the seventh year they have put together the Caledonia Home and Garden Show, and event organizer Cindy Nichols believes there are many more to come. “We just want to keep growing and make this a great event” Nichols said.

Starting from the outside, vendors like Kingdom Kettle Corn and Sophies Doughnuts were lined up to provide samples and information for anyone looking to cure their sweet tooth. Along with the kettle corn and doughnuts, All Good Food was well represented with their novelty food truck and American style cuisine. But on the inside, the crowd was a bit more diverse. Businesses came from as far as Connecticut and New York to share space with the predominantly local crowd of crafters, contractors, and more.

The variety of booths present ranged from performance and fitness training coaches to housing and community development consultants. A recurring theme for these vendors had to of been the large number of contractors and business geared towards helping the community, whether it be financially or economically.

Rural Edge is a community development corporation whose efforts help to sustain all economic, social, and environmental aspects of the community. Specifically they assist in teaching the community things like how to buy a house and how to improve your credit score, as well as helping people who may have bad credit scores receive loans. Office Service Specialist for Rural Edge, Diane Thompson, addressed the stigma that people believe because they might not be able to afford a bank loan, that there are no other options. “We want you to be able to stay in your home” Thompson said, “If you’re in-eligible for a loan, we have grant options available”. Without the Caledonia Home and Garden Show, it would be challenging for businesses like Rural Edge to effectively get the word out about their services.

Locally owned small businesses like Kingdom Kettle Corn are no stranger to the Home and Garden Show platform. Kingdom Kettle Corn co-owners Gary and Amy Nelson represented themselves at the Caledonia Home and Garden Show for the first time, but are regularly present at local fairs and carnivals to pedal their product.

Event organizer Cindy Nichols understands the importance of togetherness in a community. “I think it’s all about the community and helping everybody out” Nichols said. The Caledonia Home and Garden Show will continue to grow thanks to the support of the community. Because more and more people are coming to the event, it makes it easier for small businesses to get the word out about their goals as members of the community.

To reserve a booth at next years event, visit their website or call at 802-535-9599.




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