Published: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 5:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 8:58 p.m.
PALM COAST — Visitors to this year’s Flagler Home & Lifestyle Show will see something different even before they get inside the main showroom floor.
Flagler Home & Lifestyle Show
WHAT: A Home Show, Service Fair and Health Fair rolled into one, with live entertainment, demonstrations, food court and a Kids Zone
WHEN: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Flagler Palm Coast High School, 5500 E. State Road 100, Palm Coast
Unlike previous years, the 29th annual show at Flagler Palm Coast High School on State Road 100 will have no outside vendor booths. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
With improvements to Bull Dog Drive just east of the campus and changes to the parking lot area, the entire event — including the Home Show, Service Fair, Health Fair and food court — will be under one roof.
In addition, entertainment will be provided both days in the Flagler Auditorium adjacent to the high school, including Saturday performances by the Song of the Coast Sweet Adelines International at 1:30 p.m. and the Mondo Magic Show at 3 p.m.; and Sunday performances by violinist Zoriy Zinger at 12:30 p.m. and Linda Cole & Friends at 2 p.m.
Parking and admission for all events both days are free.
The two-day show is organized by the Flagler Technical Institute and Adult and Community Education and is FTI’s major fundraiser.
Revenue from the show is used to help provide scholarships and programs for the department.
The Home Show portion of the event will feature 175 vendors, with another 50 booths at the Service Fair featuring clubs and organizations.
The Health Fair provides screenings and lectures by Florida Hospital Flagler and vision screenings by the Lions Club.
FTI director Kevin McCarthy said having the show indoors “is going to be a plus” and ensures attendees will not miss anything.
He said the show is important not only because it is FTI’s only fundraiser, but because it lets people know about the Flagler Technical Institute.
“We look at it as a great opportunity for us to get to know our local business community a little bit better and develop partnerships that will benefit FTI and the school district,” McCarthy said.
The exposure provided by the event, which is expected to attract 30,000 visitors, is also a good thing for local businesses, according to Joe Roy, area manager at the Palm Coast Business Assistance Center.
“I think anytime small businesses have the opportunity to promote their products, especially home and lifestyle products, it’s only a good thing for them,” Roy said.
“There are a lot of really good signs and I think that is going to bring more consumers there to see what is going on,” he said.
In addition to the local businesses and community groups at the show, residents can meet members of the Flagler County Commission, Tax Collector Suzanne Johnston and Property Appraiser Jay Gardner at the event. Flagler County’s Veterans Service Office will also be at the show, according to a county news release.
“We will have a great event this year,” Tax Collector Suzanne Johnston said, in the release. “Our theme this year is bicycle safety and we will be fitting children and adults for bicycle helmets.”
County Commission Chairman Frank Meeker said he is excited about the opportunity to talk to residents.
“It is our chance to get out and meet the people without the formality of a meeting,” he stated, in the county news release. “Adult and Community Education puts on a great event every year and we are happy to have a chance to take part in it.”