GP Coliseum transforms to garden oasis for Home & Garden expo

Lawton_It's time for the 45th Annual Lawton Home-Builder's Association Home and Garden show, and Friday it was underway at the Great Plains Coliseum.  Venders worked tirelessly preparing over 100 booths and displays, to get them set up for the public to get a taste of what they have to offer.

It's quite a change from how the coliseum normally looks.  It's been transformed from a Oklahoma Cavalry basketball stadium, to a garden courtyard with a pond display - and, it wasn't easy.  Home and Garden Show Chairman Jose Laboy says this year's expo will be their best yet - with more than 80 vendors and 100 booths.  "This will be a great opportunity for people to come indoors, where the weather's nice, and take a look at all the new products," he says.  "It's to expose the public as to what's new in terms of home remodeling, gardening, and those kinds of things."

This year they have something for everyone from flooring to landscaping and ponds.  There will even be a kids' build in the annex on Saturday.  "Some craft projects, and things like that, to keep them occupied while their parents walk around and take a look at what's new," says Laboy.

There's plenty for visitors to see as well, including experts who can instruct those interested on how to "do-it-yourself."  "It gives them an opportunity to come in and see it all, and also ask the professionals advice on what they need to do," he says.

Admission to the Home and Garden Show is $2.00 for adults, and kids under 12 are admitted FREE.  The event runs from Friday, March 28 from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, March 30, from Noon-5 p.m.  The kids' workshop project, sponsored by Home Depot, is FREE on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.