Those looking to give their home an upgrade might want to take a trip to the Kern County Fairgrounds this weekend.

The fairgrounds is hosting the Bakersfield Home and Garden Show, which started Friday and goes on through Sunday. More than 100 exhibitors are showing off their products. The show also includes interactive seminars and a kids workshop.

Here are a few of the interesting things we saw on opening day.


An exhibit dedicated to the remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks might seem like a strange fit for a home and garden show, but it received a lot of interest from attendees on Friday.

The exhibit, created in 2013 by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, is 1,000 square feet and travels all over North America in a 53-foot tractor-trailer.

The exhibit gives show attendees the chance to remember the lives lost in the attacks through video and photographs, as well as artifacts such as pieces of steel from the towers, a burned ladder and a street sign as well as equipment used by first responders.

Two retired firefighters with the New York Fire Department who both participated in rescue efforts at the World Trade Center, lead tours of the exhibit.

The exhibit will be available all three days of the show.


Those looking for some unique and original art pieces with which to decorate their homes may want to make a stop at Wrapped in Serenity’s booth.

The Lake Isabella-based business uses stones and wood found by the Kern River and uses them to make pieces of fine art. It also uses pieces of recycled copper and aluminum, primarily to make miniature trees. Many of the pieces have a forest theme.

This is the first time that the business has displayed its art at the Home and Garden Show.


Are you looking for a way to conceal a gun in your purse without it taking up a lot of space? If so, Jenny the Bag Lady might have the solution for you.

The business sells purses that have a zipped pouch along the side specifically designed to store a handgun. Some even have holsters Velcroed inside of them. Many of the bags are made for right-handed people but a few of them work for both right- and left-handed people.


Those looking to spice up their homes with some homemade crafts may be interested in Pomona resident Terry Marcum’s business, Crooked Treasures.

Marcum is at the show this weekend displaying some of the miniature wooden homes, lighthouses and other buildings he’s designed, built and painted with nary a straight line in them. Picture a larger-than-normal birdhouse and you’re on the right track.

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