Apple Valley Home and Garden Expo is April 8

The Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 16th annual Home & Garden Expo, Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Last year, more than 7,000 people attended the event, which was its largest crowd ever. The event will be held at the Dakota County Government Center next to the Apple Valley Library, at County Road 42 and Galaxie Avenue.

More than 115 home and garden related businesses and organizations are expected to participate in the free admission event.

The Minnesota Zoo will have animals on display at the event. There will be a huge inflatable bouncy slide for kids, “professional” free face-painting by the YMCA, city fire trucks to explore and free Culver’s custard ice cream.

TV garden show host Bobby Jensen from KARE 11 said the Apple Valley Home & Garden Expo is one of the best local home shows in the Twin Cities.

“They do it right,” he said.

“There is no need to drive all over from store to store in the Twin Cities and guessing at which contractor to use, when it is more fun and efficient to see them all at once, side by side,” said Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce President Ed Kearney who has organized the last 15 Home & Garden Expos. “See who you enjoy working with and let them compete on the spot with their competitors pricing, ideas and options right there.”

“This is by far the largest Home & Garden Expo south of the river,” he said. “There is free fun, Minnesota Zoo animals, food grilled by the Boy Scouts (100 percent goes to the Scouts), and you can buy local from people we know already and you can get to know.”

For more information, call 952-432-8422 or see for more information.