UPDATED CUTLINE 031019 ff expo: After a year off, the annual Fairfield Home Improvement Expo at the Fairfield Community Arts Center returns on Saturday, March 16, 2019. The event features contractors, door prizes and exhibitors assisting visiting with projects and upgrades for their homes. GREG LYNCH/FILE (2016) ——— ORIGINAL: The annual Fairfield Home Improvement Expo was held at the Fairfield Community Arts Center on Saturday, May 14, 2016. The event features contractors, door prizes and exhibitors assisting visiting with projects and upgrades for their homes. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

Fairfield’s Home Improvement Expo returns after a year off. Here’s what you need to know.

The expo is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and features contractors, landscapers and lifestyle experts with large and small home improvement projects.

“I think it’s very important the community knows the home services out there, and make sure they get the right ones,” said Deborah Ginn, owner of Fairfield-based Nowhere But Up Organizing, which is one of 50 vendors at the event inside the Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive.

“It’s a great way to meet people, to vet people and research.”

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Ginn, a board-certified professional organizer, said she could use some of these vendors at the home expo when she works with clients on home organization projects.

“Every home is unique, and along with that, their needs are different,” she said.

Fairfield spokeswoman Jenny Dexter said the expo is being pushed back earlier than in recent years.

“Fairfield’s Home Expo is back with a refreshed date earlier in the year to help homeowners have plenty of time to get plans in place and vendors lined up for those home improvement projects before spring arrives,” she said.

The dozens of vendors that will be at the expo specialized in home improvement projects. Also, seven of the vendors are city departments or programs, including the city’s Building Division, Fairfield Environmental, Farmers’ Market, fire department, Volunteer Program, Wastewater and Water divisions.

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City residents who attend the expo will receive a free city of Fairfield building and zoning permit for their next home-improvement project (up to a $75 value).

“A lot of our home stock is a little bit older, so we’re always encouraging our residents to invest and upgrade their properties,” said Greg Kathman, Fairfield Development Services director.

As residents meet vendors, the free permit for city residents is a way to encourage residents to do a project that would require a permit, such as a home renovation, deck or new fence installation.

Entertainment will also be provided for children as parents float among vendors, and door prizes will be available.

For the complete vendor list, visit the city’s website at www.fairfield-city.org/HomeExpo.

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