Prepare for warmer weather and blooming flowers right now at the Kern County Fairgrounds.

The 32nd annual Bakersfield Home & Garden Show opened at the Fairgrounds at noon Friday and continues Saturday and Sunday with an event jam-packed with exhibitors, speakers and more.

Exhibitors include businesses in areas like: air conditioning, plumbing, solar energy, contractors, builders, garden, landscaping, home decor, home exterior, remodeling, kitchen and bath, outdoor products and services, pools, barbecues, water, windows and more.

Local organizations will also be there, including the Bakersfield Art Association, Bakersfield Koi & Water Garden Society and CASA of Kern County, among others. There will also be plenty of vendors selling arts and crafts, as well as food.

Throughout the weekend there will also be speakers and special events.

Each day, chiropractic specialist Dr. Curtis W. Collins will speak on "The Miracle of Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy." See him speak at 1 p.m. on Friday or at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Dale Edwards and Lindsay Ono of the Country Garden radio show will be talking several times throughout the weekend on topics like "Growing Weed-Free Lawns," "Fixing Your Flower Power," "Growing Cactus & Succulents," "Grilling Gone Wild" and more. Their talks will happen on Friday at 3 p.m. and at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m on Saturday and Sunday.

BJ Leckner from Chalk Talk will speak each day at 4 p.m. on using chalk paint. 

There will also be a kids workshop where younger DIY-ers can learn some new skills, and the Kern County Sheriff's Department will have a child identification program set up. 

The "9/11 Never Forget" mobile exhibit, first created in 2013, will be there each day. The exhibit is a 53-foot trailer that unfolds into a 1,000-square-foot experience.

For more information on the Home & Garden show, including a full list of exhibitors and a complete schedule, visit

Kelly Ardis can be reached at 661-395-7660. Follow her on Twitter at @TBCKellyArdis.

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