Located right in the heart of America, Kansas City, Missouri, has something for everyone. The city traces humble beginnings back to existence as a trading outpost in the early 19th century. Additionally, the city helped shape the face of the country because it was a major stop on the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails when they were in full swing. When Missouri entered the union as a state in 1821, Kansas City began to grow and hasn't looked back since. This bustling city boasts a population of over 450,000 residents in the city proper and over two million in the surrounding metropolitan area.
The city has rich and vibrant culture that makes it a unique location to explore. No matter which season you choose to visit, you’ll find plenty of fun activities for all tastes and backgrounds. Museums, historical sites, art galleries, unique shops, attractions, live entertainment, and award winning restaurants are just a few of the things you can enjoy when traveling to this city, and the list goes on. During the winter you’ll find the local people enjoying the sights and sounds just as much as during the warmer months. Kansas City is also home to a variety of conventions and major festivals like the KC Remodel + Garden Show, which are among the best you’ll find anywhere.
For 22 years, the KC Remodel and Garden Show has inspired countless home improvement projects. At the show you’ll find everything you need to plan and get your next dream project off the ground. From live exhibits and demonstrations to expert advice and new products, the show covers a wide range of subjects and disciplines. The event will feature guest appearances including Ryan and Trista Sutter from ABC’s The Bachelorette, as well as plenty of opportunities to network and meet new people. We sat down with Britaney Wehrmeister, Client Manager for Besa Public Relations, to talk about the show.
RAL: Tell me a little bit about the event.
BW: The show has been running for 22 years. This year we will have over 400 exhibitors, and in 2015, 26,525 consumers visited the event. While this is an “all ages” show, we typically see adult couples, groups ,and singles between the ages of 35 and 64.
RAL: What makes the show unique?
BW: More than 26,000 homeowners attend the KC Remodel + Garden Show annually seeking helpful advice, new products, the latest in décor, and inspiration for renovations and landscape projects. The KC Remodel + Garden Show features creative exhibits, high-profile industry personalities and offers the latest trends with thousands of products, decorating, construction and remodeling ideas for guests to gather and compare.
Our show is produced by Marketplace Events. They create vibrant expositions connecting enthusiasts with experts, products, and services in dynamic face-to-face environments.
RAL: Will there be any guest appearances at the event?
BW: Yes, Ryan and Trista Sutter, from HGTV’s Rocky Mountain Reno and ABC’s The Bachelorette, will be at the show. Whether it’s the rustic look or the homey feel, or a combination of both, log cabins have long held appeal to families as a primary residence or a vacation home. The Bachelorette's favorite couple, Ryan and Trista Sutter, is no exception. They have taken their love of renovation to Colorado, where they are creating reimagined log cabins weekly on HGTV’s Rocky Mountain Reno. They will share their renovation tips, tricks, and decorating flair so that you too can create your own rustic getaway.
RAL: Take me through the activities that people will find at the show.
BW: Here is a list of the some of the activities:
Container Homes – Tiny living is all the rage! And one of the most ecological ways to live tiny is in a container home. Approximately 30 million steel shipping containers are in existence, filled and floating, or standing about empty in a port. Eight feet wide by 8.5 feet high, and either 20 or 40 feet long, the steel shipping container has been the globally standardized transportation module since 1956, but today some of the most creative architects are transforming them into everything from backyard offices to cabins in the woods. Find it hard to imagine? It won’t be as you walk through two unique container homes designed by Custom Container Living and on display at the KC Remodel + Garden Show.
Extreme Pet Homes – Local builders create wild and extravagant pet houses, inspired by some favorite KC personalities and their pets. The houses will be on display all weekend as part of a silent auction to benefit KC Pet Project. Make Fido and Fifi the envy of your neighborhood by bidding to support this KC’s No Kill Shelter, which cares for more than 9,000 animals annually.
Backyard Pub Sheds – The shed in your backyard is likely home to lawnmowers and tools, but now it’s time to turn it into your own personal pub. Pub-sheds are quickly becoming the hottest trend in backyard entertainment!
Art Market – Local artists showcase their latest creations. Their unique artwork and pieces can’t be found anywhere else!
Vintage Marketplace – Flea market chic anyone? Take the home décor of yesteryear and upcycle it into a one-of-a-kind conversation pieces for the home. Find furniture, vintage items, decorative knick-knacks, and more at the Vintage Marketplace.
Landscaped Gardens – Does the thought of Spring leave you a little blah when you consider the current condition of your lawn? You’ll leave inspired and ready to tackle any yard project after you stroll through five unique 800 sq. ft. feature gardens designed by Complete Outdoor Concepts, Doctor’s Lawn and Landscape, Hermes Landscaping and Supreme Green Landscape.
Hero Day: Presented by the National WWI Museum (Opening Day) – Free admission all day Friday, Feb. 12 to all active and retired military police and fire personnel, just bring a valid military ID. Greeted by WWI volunteers, the first 300 heroes through the door will receive free admission to the National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial. WWI Museum will pay honor to our heroes the entire weekend with a display and handout over 3,500 two for one admissions coupons to the museum in their booth space.
RAL: What will attendees find for local lodging?
BW: There are plenty of great hotel options for attendees to stay at while visiting the KC Remodel + Garden Show. Here a just a few of the many options to choose from: Hotel Savoy, Hilton President Kansas City and Hotel Phillips.
RAL: What does this show mean to the community?
BW: With our average attendance being what it is, we definitely have a positive effect on many of the local businesses during and after the show. Here are a few facts about the people who attend our show:
87% attend the show with projects in mind
Attendees have an average income of $104,450
62% of attendees spend more than $100 at the show.
We also affect the community by supporting the KC Pet Project. They are local builders that create wild and extravagant pet houses, inspired by some favorite Kansas City media personalities and their pets. The houses will be on display all weekend as part of a silent auction to benefit KC Pet Project.
For more information about the KC Remodel + Garden Show, please visit their website.