Yelm Chamber hosts the 15th Annual Home and Garden Show

By Jacob Dimond /

Over 1,000 people attended the 15th Annual Nisqually Valley Home and Garden Show at Yelm High School on Saturday, April 30.

There were over 60 local vendors and workshops at the event. These included Steele Clayton’s Steele Barrel BBQ and State Farm, Bounty for Families, The Yelm Rotary Club and Prairie Street Rods so there was a wealth of activities for attendees to participate in.

The Prairie Street Rods took over Yelm High School’s main parking lot when they exhibited a variety of vehicles, including a 1953 Ford pickup, a 1940 GMC, and a fire truck. While those in attendance viewed the cars, they also had a chance to win several prizes in raffles.

“We want to say a big thank you to our suppliers, sponsors and volunteers,” said Line Roy, executive director of the Yelm Chamber of Commerce. “Another big thank you to Highway 95 Events and Shiplap Coffee for organizing our workshops, to the members of the Yelm Chamber of Commerce for donating time today, and to all vendors and attendees for supporting us and the sponsors.”

The Nisqually Valley Home Show began at 10 a.m. on April 30 and saw heavy early-morning foot traffic as nearly 500 residents turned up before noon, just two hours into the event. And like every hit event, Roy and the Chamber of Commerce plan to make the Nisqually Valley Home Show “bigger and better.”

“We have a lot more room to add more vendors, workshops and activities, so we can definitely reconfigure and do that,” Roy said. “Of course we want the workshops and demonstrations to be bigger and better. We want to keep growing and hopefully generate interest from the public.”

Yelm High School’s gymnasium housed most of the 60 vendors, while the others were located outside. One of the first booths upon entering the gym was the Yelm Chamber of Commerce booth, where Teri Pablo from Yelm Community Schools spoke to attendees. At their booth, people were able to enter a raffle to win a dog basket donated by Twin Star Credit Union in Yelm.

Participants were also encouraged to take part in a scavenger hunt that spanned almost every stall. Pablo said each vendor provided participants with a sticker to place on their scavenger hunt sheet. Once all the stickers were collected, people could submit the sheets to enter a giveaway for a $50 Red Lantern gift certificate.

Pablo said it’s important for residents to interact with local vendors first-hand as it allows businesses to build relationships with their customers and clients.

In addition to building relationships with local business owners in Yelm, Pablo said the Nisqually Valley Home Show gives people a better idea of ​​what’s going on in their community.

“This event is important to our community because it helps our local vendors, local home and garden businesses to come out and show what they have to offer the community,” Pablo said. “The Home and Garden Show also sheds light on these businesses and encourages residents to shop locally.”

After the previous two iterations of the Home and Garden Show were hampered by the pandemic, both Pablo and Roy were delighted at the number of people who attended the event.

“It was a great day,” said Pablo. “We had so many people coming out and it was nice to see people from our community in attendance.”

Roy said the event would not be possible without the support of the community. She noted that a handful of other events were scheduled for Yelm.

“Most importantly, we want to thank everyone for coming out today,” Roy said. “This was a great warm-up event for the Summer of Festivals that usually calls Yelm home.”

The premier event for Yelm’s Summer of Festivals is the Prairie Days Festival and celebrations beginning the week of June 21st. The Prairie Days are followed by the Nisqually Valley BBQ Rally, Jazz in the Park and several other events.

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