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From electric cars to eccentric art

With just about a week left to go, almost every space is filled for the 2009 Home and Outdoor Expo at the Farmington Community Civic Center Jan. 24 and 25.  The free event is expected to bring as many as 4,000 people to browse exhibits set up by businesses throughout the Parkland.

To sign up for some of the last space available, call Bill Towler at 573-756-0900.

The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 24 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 25.  

As the Expo draws near, new activities are being added.

At noon Jan. 24, former St. Louis Blues team member John Wensink will sign autographs at the Home Expo. B-104 will give a T-shirt to anyone at its booth who makes a donation to Habitat for Humanity of St. Francois County.

Many booths will give prizes to those who register at their booths. B-104 will give away tickets to a Blues’ game and two autographed hockey pucks.

The radio station is co-sponsoring the Expo, along with the Daily Journal and the Civic Center.

Demonstrations featuring the cooks and bakers of The Blue Owl Restaurant in Kimmswick will be offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jan. 24 and at noon and 2 p.m. Jan. 25. Expect free samples and at the Blue Owl booth, there will be rich desserts for sale.  The Blue Owl was voted “Best Pies in St. Louis” for 2008 by the readers of The River Front Times and Best Comfort Food and Best Dessert Menu by Sauce Magazine 2008. For the third year in a row, the restaurant was voted Best Desserts in St. Louis by AOL City Guide. The Blue Owl will also be featured in the September 2009 edition of Midwest Living Magazine.

Both days, coin collector and appraiser David Siebert will offer free appraisals of Indian artifacts and coins. John Kodner of Kodner Gallery in St. Louis will return this year to offer art appraisals on Saturday only. Other appraisals will be offered by experts in jewelry and general antiques. Those who attend the Expo may bring their items to be examined.  Some appraisers may even offer to buy some of what they see.

Businesses set to showcase their products and services at the event include: USA Drug, Antique Treasurers, Hastings Creative Images, Inc., Marler Music, Duncan’s, Mannatech, Inc., Final Finish Painting, The Baptist Home, Royal Supply, Global Communications/US Cellular, Cable Direct TV, Bauer Chiropractic, Farmington Fire Dept., Skaggzzz Sleep Institute, Kammermans, New Image Aesthetics and Laser Center, The UPS Store, All Star Dips, Schaefer Water Centers, Creative Memories, Cloud 9 Impressions, Juice Plus, Woods Basements Systems, NCH Desloge, Shandi Shores World Travel, Butterfield Gardens, Pyramid Home Health Services, HospiceCare/Carter’s Clubhouse, Carpet One Floor and Home, Techno Wizard LLC, Electric Car Company, Show Me Rent-to-Own, The Blind Depot, Presbyterian Hospice, Hastings Hobbies and More, The Body Shop at Home, YMCA Trout Lodge and Camp Lakewood, Twin City Marine, Wachovia Securities, Energy Doctor of Southeast Missouri, Just for Her, K and K Auto Cosmetics, Owens Enterprises, Mary Kay, Surdyke Motorsports, Edward Jones, Cabinetry Plus, Midwest Sports Center, Home Care Nursing, Inc., Family Center, Yon Hearing Instruments, The Landscape Coach, Custom Home Entertainment and Mineral Area Monument.

Many of the businesses offer freebies to Expo-goers and award door prizes each day.

Donna Hickman is a reporter for the Daily Journal. Contact her at 431-2010, ext. 138 or at

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