Sep 30, 2014

The Jacksonville Home + Patio Show returns to downtown's Prime Osborne Convention Center October 2-5, 2014. The highly anticipated annual event will fill every inch of the facility with remodeling and home improvement ideas, interior design advice, cooking demonstrations, DIY tips and activities, interactive seminars, and the hottest new products. It's a lot to take in, so we made a list of the top ten things you cannot miss at the show. Check it out below.

1. The Fabulous Beekman Boys - Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell traded in the big city life in Manhattan to become goat farmers in rural upstate New York. The duo won the 21st season of CBS' The Amazing Race, and have grabbed life by the horns to find adventure in every experience ever since. They'll be gracing the Fresh Ideas Stage Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

2. Recipe Hacker, Todd Wilbur - Top Secret Recipes cookbook author Todd Wilbur has made a career out of figuring out the highly-guarded ingredients in popular fast food and restaurant recipes. Learn how he does it, and how to start making your favorite dishes at home. Todd will be appearing on the Jacksonville Magazine Cooking Stage on Friday and Saturday.

3. John and Whitney Spinks from HGTV's Flipping The Block - This local duo was one of four couples competing on the popular new HGTV series. Each pair was put in a dingy Southern California condo they renovated room by room on a $37,000 budget in a quest to "flip" the final product for the biggest profit. The Spinks will share behind-the-scenes secrets and tips from the show on the Fresh Ideas Stage on Saturday and Sunday.

4. Keep Calm & DIY - Back by popular demand, Florida local Chris "The DIY Guy" Tice returns to the show with project demonstrations four times daily, teaching guests how to upcycle and repurpose items into useful pieces for their home.

5. Drab to Fab Interior Design - Local interior designers Becky Harmon and Sandra Millis will show guests how to take lackluster interiors from drab to fab. Learn the key elements of home design and decor, and how to pull a room together on a budget. Look for these design darlings on the Fresh Ideas Stage throughout the show.

6. Food Inspiration and Recipe Ideas - Calling all foodies! The kitchen is typically one of the busiest rooms in the house, and it's definitely one of the biggest features at the show. On the Jacksonville Magazine Cooking Stage guests can take in daily cooking classes from the area's top chefs, including Blue Bamboo, Potter's House Soul Food Bistro, BlackFinn Ameripub, Black Sheep and more. Also, returning this year is the popular Food Truck Rally on Sunday!

7. Furniture for a Cause - The show's charity partner is The Arc, Jacksonville. Through their Transformabilities program, The Arc's participants create functional, aesthetically pleasing furniture from discarded items like pallets, reclaimed wood, and more. These items will be available for purchase at the show, with the option of having custom furniture created as well. On Sunday, The Arc is bringing out the always fun Jax Rollergirls for a demonstration of their Running With the Bulls 5K.

8. Fresh Ideas Stage - Over all four days of the show, the Fresh Ideas Stage will feature celebrity and expert presentations and seminars on remodeling, renovation, decor, spring gardening, and outdoor projects. Check out our complete stage schedule for more information.

9. Hero Day - We are honoring the heroes in our community by offering all active and retired military personnel and first responders free admission to the show on Friday. Show valid ID at the show entrance or verify your status here. For your service and your sacrifice, we thank you.

10. Couponers United - Mary Edwards of Couponers United will show you how to keep your pantry stocked for less. She's frugal and thrifty in all the right ways and is ready to share her money-saving tips with you.

Speaking of saving money, right now you can get tickets to the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show at an unbelievable price: two tickets for the cost of one. To take advantage of this deal, just like us on Facebook. Treat a friend or family member to the show! We can't wait to see you there.