⊕ Think spring: Home Show readies for warmer weather, bigger projects, more building in 2015

Home and Garden Show logoCOOKEVILLE – It’s the unofficial mark of spring in the Upper Cumberland: the annual Upper Cumberland Home & Garden Show.

And this year’s exhibitors – more than 160 in all spread out inside the confines of the Hyder-Burks Ag Pavilion from March 13-15 – are more than ready. Not only for warmer temps but the bustle of business that typically comes with the start of the season.

“This time of year, March through April, is our busiest of year, and the (home) show definitely helps,” said Heath Waters, owner of Bluewaters Rental, an equipment and party rental company in Cookeville. “The show gives us a huge amount of exposure in a little bit of time, and it helps bring awareness to parts of our business that people may not know about. Everybody coming through our door so far this year seems more optimistic. I think that should mean an equal or better turnout (at the event).”

For over 40 years, the Home Builders Association of the Upper Cumberland has sponsored the show. Attendees not only get to see the latest trends in home building, remodeling, decorating and landscaping, but shop for everything from a pool, furniture, lawn mower, windows, plants, cookware and specialty foods to a complete new home.

Melanie Chadwell with the HBAUC said that 2015 is poised to be a good year for the show – and for construction overall.

“Most builders (for example) are very busy and happy,” she said. “The economy seems to be rebounded enough that people are ready to build new houses and remodel their current ones.”

Here’s a breakdown on what to expect this year:

Home Show cook stage Bull Thistle
Chef Barry O’Connor, left, will talk Celtic cooking at the 2015 Upper Cumberland Home & Garden Show.

1) The return of the cooking stage, with local and regional celebrities demonstrating recipes and sharing tips for entertaining and healthy living. Presenters include restaurant chefs, radio and TV personalities and more.

TV personality Tammy Algood will return to present “Don’t Put Up the Slow Cooker Yet,” with ideas for the busy cook. Tia E of the County Giant Night Club on 94.7 will demonstrate the perfect cheesecake technique with “Real Cheesecake – Real Easy.” Chef Barry O’Connor of Gainesboro’s Bull and Thistle will share his award-winning culinary talents with “Taste of Mediterranean” as he prepares a meal to remember using fresh pork, wild seafood, warm Mediterranean salads and fresh dressings. Lisa Luck of Cookeville’s Get Fresh Café will show how easy gluten-free cooking can be with “Eating Gluten-Free is Easier Than You Think!”

Click HERE for a complete schedule of cooking stage events.

2) A remodeling seminar. Sponsored by HomeCORR, “How to Remodel and Save Your Sanity/Relationship In the Process” is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, and will offer an in-depth look at the many steps of remodeling.

3) Events within the event. Many community organizations come together to include events within the Home & Garden Show. The Putnam Friends of the Library will host a “Coffee with An Author” event at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14, with a program by Margie Hunter, author of “Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.” The book provides a glimpse into the state’s natural history and the description, culture and distribution of approximately 450 species of wildflowers, ferns, grasses, vines, shrubs and trees native to Tennessee and suitable for horticulture.

Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) will host a doghouse sale to benefit the hospital’s Pet Therapy Fund. See a full story about that event HERE.

4) The Upper Cumberland Tourism “Stay and Play Travel Expo.” Attendees will get ideas for vacations, weekend or day trips within just a short drive from home. Information on the Upper Cumberland’s cultural, historic and scenic attractions as well as its outdoor recreational opportunities and wide variety of lodging and dining options will be available at the expo as tourism leaders present ideas for vacations, weekend or day trips within just a short drive from home..

“We have so much to see and do in the Upper Cumberland,” Ruth Dyal, executive director of the Upper Cumberland Tourism Association, said. “There is something for every one of every age and every interest. Whether you are planning week, weekend or day tripping, as a couple, a family or a group, there is a memorable experience waiting for you here.

“Tourism is a key contributor to our economy, not only on a state level but also right here in the Upper Cumberland,” Dyal said. “Tourism also means business in our communities since more than jobs and businesses in our region are directly supported by the industry.”

In addition, Tennessee State park rangers will have information on vacation packages and programs. Cumberland State Park rangers will present their bird of prey wildlife exhibit. And representatives of the Upper Cumberland Tourism Association and its member businesses and organizations will be available to answer any questions attendees may have and to assist in planning trip itineraries.

Admission to the Home & Garden Show is $4. Event hours are 4-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon–4 p.m. Sunday. For directions and more information, call the Home Builders Association at (931-528-7472) or visit www.uchba.com.



2015 vendors

A Cut Above Custom Roofing

Acme Block & Brick

Advanced Propane, Inc.

Advanced Termite

Advantage Realty

Air Experts

Allstate Insurance – Hunt Family Agency

American Home Design

American Home Builders

Aqua Soles

Aquatic Control, Inc.

B & H Storm Shelter

Barky Beaver Mulch

Barrier Waterproofing Systems

Bath Fitter

Batteries & Bulbs

Bluewaters Rental

Brendan Johnson Landscaping

Budget Blinds

CLM Enterprises

Cherry Creek Nursery

Cookeville Electric Dept

Cookeville Kitchen Sales

Cookeville Plumbing & Electric

Cookeville Tree Board

Country Spirit Cottages

Culligan Water

Cumberland Carpet Cleaning

Cumberland Garage Builders

Custom Fireplaces & More

Cutco Cutlery

DT McCall & Sons

David Benjamin TV, Phone & Internet

Eclipse Real Estate

Edmond’s Paving

ES Construction

Electric Fence Light Co.

Envirocast by VanHooseCo

Evergreen Today

Farm Credit

First Realty/Heart of the City Playground

Fitts Outdoor Cleaning/Awnings Unlimited

Frontier Communications

Frontier Basement Systems

Guiseppe’s 1933

Guaranty Mortgage

Gutter Helmet of Cookeville

H&R Block

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Haller’s Landscaping & Lawncare

Halo Dips

Health Benefit Solutions

Healthy Home Solutions

Herald Citizen

Highland Home Improvement

Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, & Electrical

His Image Restoration

Holdfast Technologies

Holmes Surveillance


Homes & Land Media

Honest Abe Log Homes

Ideal Building Systems

JCL Metals

Jackson Heating & Cooling

Keep Putnam Beautiful Clean Commission

Lagniappe Spice



Lifetime Stainless Steel

Little Creek Produce

LoJac Materials

McCloud’s Asphalt

McCulley Siding & Windows


Mast Utility Barns


Mid Tenn Nursery

Mitchell Creek Marina/Swan Ridge Resort

Naked Salsa

North Central Security

Nuttin But Good

Organize This-N-That

Overman Sheds

Pain Free Pillows

Pampered Chef

Payne Nursery

Pella Windows & Doors

Plateau Metal Sales

Police Athletic League

Pool & Spa Depot

Quality RRC

Rebecca Hiatt Photography

Renewal by Andersen

Rhett Butler Lawncare

S&W Pool & Spas

Sam’s Club

Seal Smart TN

Shaffield’s Furniture

Smart Fireplace Services

Southeast Advertiser

Southern KY Wood Furnaces




Sunbelt Rentals

Sunset Builders

Superior Walls

TCAT Hartsville – Tri-County Extension Campus

Technology Store

Tennessee Credit Union

Tennessee Gardener Magazine

Tennessee Dog Guard

Tennessee Foundation Services

Tennessee Master Restoration


Traeger Pellet Grills

TriGreen Equipment

US Army Corps of Engineers

Upper Cumberland Custom Closets

Upper Cumberland Tourism

Volunteer Heating & Cooling

Walker Cove Custom Woodworks

Walker Creek Confections

White County Lawn & Tractor

Xtreme Pressure Wash

Upper Cumberland Tourism Association exhibitors: 

Appalachian Center for Craft

Byrdstown/Pickett County Chamber

Caney Fork Outdoors

Canoe the Caney

Clay County Chamber

Crossville Chamber

Cumberland Caverns

Cumberland Playhouse

Deep Valley Campground

Highland Rim Retreat

Historic Granville

Historic Rugby

ISHA Foundation

Laurel Fork

Overton County Chamber

Main Street McMinnville

Red Boiling Springs

Short Mountain Distillery

 Tennessee State Parks

Van Buren/Spencer Chamber


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