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The Fifth Annual Great Big Home + Garden Show Brings Home Inspiration to Cleveland



Jennifer Hickin, The Adcom Group        

jhickin@theadcomgroup.com / 216.912.2865

Rosanna Hrabnicky, Marketplace Events
rosannah@marketplaceevents.com / 440.248.5729 ext.104


The Fifth Annual Great Big Home + Garden Show Brings
Home Inspiration to Cleveland Feb. 8-16

Show brings home improvement inspiration with international-themed Garden Showcase,
Idea and Vacation Homes, Dream Basement, Cooking Stage, Celebrities and more

CLEVELAND – Jan. 13, 2014 – The 2014 Great Big Home + Garden Show presented by Carrier® will return to Cleveland’s I-X Center February 8-16 with more than 1,000 home industry experts to engage with and 650 exhibits to explore. New home improvement features, appearances by home and garden celebrities, and returning favorites from the 2013 show are sure to excite and surprise visitors.

“The Great Big Home + Garden Show is a must-see for homeowners wanting to check out the latest trends, be inspired or get advice from the area’s leading home improvement experts,” said Show Manager Rosanna Hrabnicky. “With more than 1,000 experts under one roof, attendees will find what they need to turn their home and garden dreams into a reality.” 

Produced by Solon-based Marketplace Events, this year’s Great Big Home + Garden Show will stage a multitude of local exhibitors that allow visitors to shop for home improvement contractors, lawn and garden services and equipment, home décor and other products and services that will offer attendees ideas and inspiration to transform any home or garden.

New Features and Attractions:   

  • Perrino Builders & Interiors returns for a second year to build the Idea Home that will inspire visitors with ideas for building, remodeling and decorating their own homes. A Vacation Home built by Weaver Barns will also provide extra inspiration. Landscaping surrounding the homes will be provided by Morton’s Landscaping.
  • Belgard Hardscapes, Inc. will feature outdoor living spaces and add some flair to the restaurant located next to The Main Stage.
  • Enjoy the show while making new connections at one of several Networking Nights planned throughout the show.

  • Bring the kids for a Home Depot Kid’s Workshop. As seen in your local Home Depot store, each child will get to build something and leave with their own orange workshop apron.   

Returning Favorites from 2013:

  • The popular Garden Showcase will feature international-themed gardens created by some of Northeast Ohio’s top landscapers. These gardens will represent exotic locations from around the world and will be partnered with local restaurants that will offer samples during special tasting events on Monday, Feb. 10 and Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.   

  • The fully-constructed Dream Basement will showcase a large audio visual theater designed by Xtend Technologies and will be surrounded by colorful, low-maintenance landscaping created by Morton’s Landscaping. 

  • The combined Main Stage and Loretta Paganini Cooking Stage will be bigger than ever to offer attendees the best of home improvement celebrity appearances with the opportunity to taste and enjoy culinary delights in one convenient location. A state-of-the-art kitchen stage and vignette will be designed and built by Pepperwood Signature Homes & Remodeling for consumers to tour between stage presentations.

  • Show attendees can relax and enjoy fine dining among the beauty of the Garden Showcase in the Cambria Bistro, a full-service, white tablecloth restaurant.
  • T he Celebrity Designer Rooms will feature a variety of rooms custom-designed by a Northeast Ohio design business or exhibitor and inspired by local television and radio personalities.

  • At The Petitti Gardening Stage, daily gardening seminars on landscape design, flora and furnishing outdoor rooms will be held by Northeast Ohio landscape experts. The Petitti Floral Mart will also feature numerous outdoor furniture and plants to purchase.

  • Kids can have fun in Playground World’s KidsZone, featuring a variety of safe, high-quality playground equipment and exciting giveaways for parents.


Celebrity Appearances:

  • Host of DIY Network and HGTV's Yard Crashers and Turf War, Ahmed Hassan will appear on The Great Big Home + Garden Show’s Main Stage Saturday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 9. With more than 20 years spent mastering the business of landscaping and home improvement, Hassan’s specialty is residential design, where he leans heavily on his experience of plant knowledge, soils, irrigation and garden maintenance. Along with appearing on the Network, Hassan also maintains his own landscape consulting, design & installation business in and around Sacramento, Calif. He's currently producing web and promotional videos for the green industry. Learn more at www.ahmedhassan.tv .
  • The Great Big Home + Garden Show will also feature Frank Fritz, co-star of History Channel’s hit show American Pickers. American Pickers features Fritz, Mike Wolfe and Danielle Colby as they search the American landscape digging in barns, garages and junkyards for hidden treasures. Describing himself as a modern day recycler, Fritz is a buyer and seller of antique collectibles with particular interest in old motorcycles, toys, cars and anything unusual. His store Frank Fritz Finds ( www.frankfritzfinds.com ) is located in Illinois. Sponsored by Absolute Roofing & Construction, Frank will appear on The Main Stage Saturday, Feb. 15.

  • The deliciously unique cooking personality you’ve seen on Food Network’s Next Food Network Star and Cupcake Wars, Emily Ellyn, will appear on The Great Big Home + Garden Show’s Main Stage Saturday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 9. Born and raised right here in Northern Ohio, Emily started the Retro Rad Cooking Movement and encourages everyone to dig through their mom’s recipe boxes, dust off their pressure cookers and crock pots, and take the old and make it new through retro recipe re-dos!  Learn more at www.emilyellyn.com .

  • Returning as this year’s Main Stage emcee, Matt Fox will delight show visitors with his quick wit, home improvement knowledge and special educational presentations. Fox is best known for creating and co-hosting the first and longest-running show to air on HGTV, Room by Room, as well as hosting and producing the public television series Around the House with Matt and Shari. Learn more from his website, www. mattandshari.com .


Key Sponsors-to-Date:

AAA | Absolute Roofing & Construction, Inc. | Belgard Hardscapes | Bright Covers | Cambria | Carrier® | DirecTV | Dollar Bank® | Franciscus Gutters | Loretta Paganini School of Cooking – ICASI | Nature Stone® | Ohio State Waterproofing | Petitti Garden Centers | Premier Home Security | Playground World | The Sherwin-Williams Company | Sleep Number Mattress | Universal Windows Direct | Westminster Technologies, LLC.


Show Dates and Times:

Saturday, Feb. 8                       10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 9                         10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Monday-Friday, Feb. 10-14        11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15                      10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16                        10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Cleveland I-X Center
One I-X Center Drive
Cleveland, OH 44135

Ticket Information: 

            $14       Box Office (Adult Admission)
$11       Online at www.greatbighomeandgarden.com , Discount Drug Mart & AAA Locations (Adult Admission)
$10       Seniors 65+ with ID (Monday – Thursday only, tickets must be purchased at show box office)
$9         Group Tickets (Minimum 20)
$5         Children ages 6-12 years
FREE   Children 5 and under

(Single tickets valid for one day of show.)

The latest show information will be posted on www.greatbighomeandgarden.com , the Home and Garden Events Facebook page and @GreatBigShow on Twitter .

About Marketplace Events    

Marketplace Events creates vibrant expositions connecting enthusiasts with experts, products and services in dynamic face-to-face environments. The company produces 34 consumer shows in the home and garden category – 24 in the US and 10 in Canada – as well as the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), a new trade and consumer show for the motorcycle industry. AIMExpo is the first event to be produced by the company’s new Trade Show Division. The 35 combined events attract 15,000 exhibitors, 1.5 million attendees and another 1.7 million unique web visitors annually. From 15 offices, the 120-person staff produces some of the most successful and longest-running shows in North America, including market-leading home shows in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Orlando and Minneapolis – some of which have thrived in their markets for more than 75 years. Learn more about Marketplace Events at www.marketplaceevents.com.

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