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The 38th annual Home and Recreation Show hosted by the Port Elgin Rotary Club was a feast for the eyes, ears and taste buds April 13 and 14 at the Southampton Coliseum. 

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The 38th annual Port Elgin Rotary Home and Recreation Show filled the Southampton Coliseum April 13 and 14 with 60 home show vendors and 22 food and drink vendors. This is the sixth year the event has run from the Southampton location and the first time the Rotary Club sold out every available booth space in both sides of the building. The show hosted many new businesses this year from across Grey and Bruce counties.

The show was a feast for the eyes, ears and taste buds with exhibits of flowers and landscaping, custom wood furniture, custom speaker designs and plenty of food from local establishments. Also, for the first time this year the show presented live musical entertainment.

Wineries, breweries and restaurants took over the south side of the Coliseum. This is the fourth year that the Food and Drink Expo has been added to the show, explained Rotary Club President Dan Murawsky.

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Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation's Shannon Van Valkenburg (left) and Tracy Murray (right) were at the Port Elgin Rotary Home and Recreation Show selling tickets for their newly launched Healthcare Lottery as well as promoting the 2019 Lake Huron Gran Fondo taking place August 18.

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Owner of Port Elgin's Rabbit Dash Coffee House, Jon Hepplewhite (right), was busy brewing coffees, lattes, teas and hot chocolate for visitors to the Home Show. This is Hepplewhite’s third year at the event and says he looks forward to it each year but admitted “it’s a lot of work.”

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Disla Designs from Port Elgin displayed some of their unique wood creations.


From left, Lidia Barone, Angelina Barone and Eugene Barone of Highview Food and Drink in Southampton were serving up some savoury sandwiches April 13 at the Port Elgin Rotary's Home and Recreation Show.


Horticulturalists from Earthbound Gardens in Red Bay brought a splash of colour to the landscape of the Rotary Home Show in Southampton April 13.


Jesse Gibbons (left) and Todd Milne from Casero Kitchen Table in Owen Sound had brisket on chip or taco on their menu at the 38th annual Port Elgin Rotary Home Show in Saugeen Shores. This was Casero’s first time participating in the event.

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Shawna Harvey spiced up the event with samples of her hot sauces, curry pastes, dry rubs and more. Harvey is the owner and Executive Chef of Big Mama’s Kitchen Creations in Owen Sound.


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