Elite Performance K9s top list of features at 46th Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show

Staff Writer

    The 46th annual Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show is going to the dogs — a team of high-energy, highly entertaining disc and trick dogs, that is.
    Elite Performance K9s will be featured at this year’s Home & Garden Show, scheduled for Feb. 28 through March 3 at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Avenue in Fort Wayne. The talented Indianapolis-based canine troupe appears throughout the U.S. and will thrill attendees with their skills at 12, 3 and 6 p.m. Feb. 28 through March 2, and at 12 and 3 p.m. March 2. All performances will take place in the Family Fun Area, and are free with Home & Garden Show admission.
    Elite Performance K9s joins other special features, including presentations by Master Gardeners, Family Fun Area vendors, and more than 650 exhibitors showcasing the latest and greatest products for home interiors and outdoor living areas. An anticipated 50,000-plus guests of all ages will be educated and entertained by attractions they’ll find in every aisle.
    “The Home & Garden Show is one of the Tri-State area’s most popular annual events,” said Karen Tejera, owner of Fort Wayne Shows, Inc. — producer of the Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show. “We’ve worked an entire year to put together this year’s edition, with so much to see and do, learn about and incorporate into your own environment.
    “Our guests will find brand new features, glorious gardens, knowledgeable experts and lots of family fun."
    Among products and services on display will be items for kitchen, bath, exterior landscaping, interior decor, windows, siding, roofing, gutters, patios, decks, driveways and more. There also will be a bounty of cash-and-carry items for in-show shopping.
    Additional special features will include a giant sand sculpture created in the Garden Gallery during the show by eight-time Guinness World Records-holder Ted Siebert, plus presentations on gardening in Indiana and the Midwest by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, aka The Hoosier Gardener.
    The much sought-after “Show Bucks” return — every hour a random winner is selected to receive $100 in Show Bucks which can be used to purchase items at the show from participating exhibitors.
    The Family Fun Area also returns to delight young and young at heart. Themed “Fairy Tales,” the area features hands-on activities, displays, demonstrations, balloon and face painting artists, exotic animals, adoptable animals — and the Elite Performance K9s.
    Show hours are Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10; seniors (62+), $6; children under 15, free. Parking is $6 per vehicle in Coliseum lots. Visit www.home-gardenshow.com to save $2 on general admission tickets and for additional show information.