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To-do lists unfurl at the Johnson County Home & Garden Show

The Johnson County Home & Garden show wrapped up Sunday at the Overland Park Convention Center. It was a family affair for Charlie McCord (left); his wife, Mary McCord; and her father, Tom Weller, as they tested massage loungers at the Daiwa booth.
The Johnson County Home & Garden show wrapped up Sunday at the Overland Park Convention Center. It was a family affair for Charlie McCord (left); his wife, Mary McCord; and her father, Tom Weller, as they tested massage loungers at the Daiwa booth. The Kansas City Star

Those home improvement to-do lists, tucked away the last few months, resurfaced over the weekend at the Johnson County Home & Garden Show.

If folks needed, say, hardwood floors — or luxury sheets, log siding, Amish garages, sunrooms, saunas, fertilizer delivery — they could find it somewhere inside the Overland Park Convention Center on Sunday.

While her husband, Kent, inquired at the Energy Doctor booth about roof vents, Shelba Zimmerman explained that they’ve been fixing up their Shawnee home in preparation for selling it. Their kids are grown, so they’ll be downsizing.

Projects on the Zimmermans’ list: repairing a cracked driveway and garage floor, and figuring out why there are holes in their big ash tree.

Courtney Best-Person and her husband, Joe Person, are in the market for shower doors. They saw some frameless ones at the home show they liked.

The Olathe couple were also intrigued by decorative outdoor stones featuring college logos, like Pittsburg State (where she went to school) and the University of Kansas. The front yard of the home they bought about a year and a half ago contains a foot-shaped “mulch pond” from which something green grows. They’re not sure what.

On Andy Sherbno’s list: “Lots of outdoor projects,” he said, including a block stone patio. And indoors, refinishing kitchen cabinets and some painting, said Sherbno, who lives in Basehor, Kan.

With so many booths and salespeople competing for attention, sometimes signs were what did the trick. The Pete’s Pest Control banner, for instance: “Spreading Joy and Happiness by Spreading Death and Destruction.”

A Champion sliding glass door display had a sign that pointed out the built-in doggie door.

And it was hard to pass up the Stink Boss booth. Stink Boss? It’s a device that claims to de-stink smelly shoes and athletic gear. It uses “nature’s most powerful disinfectant,” ozone, product manager Lamar Williams said.

The new product was created, Williams said, by a local woman whose 14-year-old son had bad foot odor, which one hopes won’t be his only claim to fame.

And speaking of attention-getting, there was the gurgling water garden stocked with brightly painted recycled tires. A model Union Pacific train ran along the edges.

This, it turns out, was the Water Garden Society of Greater Kansas City’s display. Think “Over the Rainbow.”

The theme of the society’s 22nd annual Water Gardens Tour, coming up June 27-28: “Turtles and Gators and Frogs, Oh My!”

To reach Tim Engle, call 816-234-4779 or send email to tengle@kcstar.com. On Twitter @tim_engle

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