Synthetic ice is a major attraction at Kincardine's Home and Garden Show
By Liz Dadson

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Andrew Longmire (L) and the My Wraps chicken mascot (R) bring a delicious lunch to Jason Oakes of Skate 365 at the synthetic ice surface Saturday at the Kincardine Home and Garden Show


Richard Heystee (L) and Kelly Sedor of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization discuss the Deep Geologic Repository project with people at the show


The synthetic ice surface from Skate 365 awaits skaters at the show

If you haven't had enough of winter and still want to lace on those skates, you can do that at the Kincardine Home and Garden Show which continues today (May 8) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Davidson Centre.

The show, presented by the Kincardine Skating Club and myFM Radio, opened with a special preview Friday night for vendors, guests and the press. The sold-out event features 70 exhibitors, from landscapers and builders, to artisans and home-decorating experts.

The large outdoor synthetic ice-skating rink is supplied by Skate 365 of Mount Forest. Representative Jason Oakes says this ice is more resistant than the slippery arena ice surface, and not as cold. It builds up endurance and muscle for skaters and hockey players, alike, he says.


Danielle Lajeunesse, 4, of Kincardine tries out the skates across the synthetic ice

"It's a great surface for teaching children to skate and you can use it year-round," says Oakes. "It's made of specialized plastic with an added lubricant which allows for a longer glide."

The synthetic ice is perfect for basements, sheds, garages, tennis courts, driveways, old arenas and training, he says. It can be used indoors or outdoors, needs no water or electricity, no refrigeration; it's portable and very competitively priced.

Kincardine figure skater Sydney Prahl-Davis says she can feel the extra resistance after skating for a short time. "It's difficult to skate backwards. It would be good for off-ice training; it would certainly strengthen your lower body and increase your speed."

Kincardine skating coach Julie Dunlop said a surface like this would be great as a second ice pad in Kincardine, located where the old arena was (now a parking lot) off Lambton Street. "With a tent over it, you could use it 365 days per year."

Beside the synthetic ice surface is a large outdoor geothermal display home by South-Port Next Energy. HDTV is holding a huge clearance sale, and Vincor Canada is hosting a wine-tasting in a dedicated area overlooking the show.

Other highlights of the event are demonstrations which continue today. Held every hour on the main stage in the arena, they feature Brian Folmer of Folmer Landscaping planting spring containers, Corinne Robertson-Brown of J'Adorn talking about home decor with a European flair, and Micheline Mann demonstrating rug-hooking.

"Bruce County and the surrounding area is a great place to live," says Susan Brissette, chairperson of the show. "We have access to artists and businesses that supply a diverse and quality selection of products and services, especially for the home and garden. The advantage of coming to the show is to see all these businesses in one place, in an atmosphere where there is an opportunity to learn new things and be entertained."

Admission to the show is $7 for adults, $5 for all mothers on Sunday (Mother's Day), and free for children ages 14 and under. Overflow parking is available at Sobeys parking lot off Highway 21 and at Huron Heights Public School on Russell Street, with complimentary bussing running continuously to the show.

The event is a fund-raiser for the Kincardine Skating Club which offers qualified coaches implementing Skate Canada's programs and standards.


Chris Richards (L) and Angie Bytheway of Sleepers Bed Gallery welcome people to their booth at the show


Local artist Betty Conlin stands with her street banner at the Victoria Park Gallery display


Lynda Fletcher of Vincor Canada pours wine for people to try at the show


Paul (L) and Joanne Hervieux of Kincardine do a little wine-tasting

rug hooking

Micheline Mann of Paisley demonstrates her rug-hooking


Al Robertson stirs the kettle corn for his hungry patrons


Jordan Chalmers pours wine at the VIP preview Friday night


Jason Oakes plays some hockey on the ice surface


Sydney Prahl-Davis (L) and skating coach Julie Dunlop skate on the synthetic ice


Corinne Robertson-Brown (L) and her husband, Bill, sit among the European home decor and gifts featured at J'Adorn in downtown Kincardine


Corinne Robertson-Brown of J'Adorn talks about home decor with a European flair


Brian and Jana Folmer of Folmer Landscaping near Walkerton, sit in the traditional garden design at their floral marketplace which also features a contemporary garden design


Jane (L) and Paul Rigby of Heritage Kincardine set up their exhibit


Show chairperson Susan Brissette (L), with committee members Philip Nicholson and Julie Dunlop at the VIP preview Friday night


Martin Wind of Dimplex of Cambridge, demonstrates a high-performance electric grill, available at Modern Appliances


Show chairperson Susan Brissette (R) thanks Micheline Mann for her creative and beautiful decorations at the show

Corinne Robertson-Brown talks about chandeliers during her presentation at the home and garden show
Video by David Dadson

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