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Clark Public Utilities presents suggestions for people feeling energetic on spring days

By Stevie Mathieu, Columbian assistant metro editor

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photoChance Martin, 3, of Ridgefield, takes in the sights of the fair from his red wagon. Activities include children’s craft projects.
photoAmy Crockford, 24, of Vancouver looks at the Boulder Falls Inc. display Saturday at the Clark Public Utilities Home & Garden Idea Fair, which continues today at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds. The Vancouver landscape business won several awards, including Best in Show.

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Crowds flocked Saturday to the Clark Public Utilities Home & Garden Idea Fair at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road in Ridgefield. The fair continues 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

The fair is a home and garden show with energy saving ideas, more than 60 plant vendors, a farmers market, presentations and children’s activities. This is the fair’s 21st year, and each year the fair draws about 20,000 people during its three-day run.

As part of the fair, the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals builds elaborate displays inside buildings at the event center to give homeowners some ideas of what they can do with their lawns and gardens.

On Saturday, Vancouver landscaping business Boulder Falls Inc. nabbed several awards, including the Best in Show prize.

The event is free with a suggested donation of canned goods to Operation Warm Heart. Parking is $6.

For more information, visit the event’s website at http://clarkpublicutilities.com/community-involvement/home-garden-idea-fair.