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Feature & Entertainment Lineup

Every year we bring unique features, entertainment and education to our shows as an added value to you! Check out the lineup below and click the links for more details on each!

Patric Richardson – The Laundry Guy

Patric Richardson, host of The Laundry Guy on Discovery+ and author of the bestseller Laundry Love, finding  joy in a common chore brings all of his best tips to change your laundry life.  Learn a new easier approach to laundry in a more sustainable way, and realize that with the right tools, it’s fun!  What do vodka, vinegar and aluminum foil do in the laundry room? Find out, and soon laundry day will be your favorite day of the week

Presentation times

Thursday 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm

Friday 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm

Saturday 10:30am, 1:00pm, 3:30 pm & 6:00pm

Sunday 11:00 am & 1:00pm

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Mad Dog & Merrill

TV Hosts of Midwest Grillin’ Secrets

Promoting the fine art of barbeque through mesmerizing performances self-proclaimed “grillologists” Mad Dog and Merrill awaken the taste buds of people where ever they go. Having grilled together for over 35 years Mad Dog & Merrill feel they have a partnership made in barbeque heaven. They are expert cooks with exceptional culinary skills who offer valuable tips to the outdoor Griller. These two outdoor cooking gurus present excitement amusement and fantastic mouth-watering recipes all keeping with their motto: “There’s nothing you can’t cook on a grill!” Come and watch the “grillologists” perform daily as they entertain you with grilling tips & techniques.

Presentation times

Thursday: 4:30 & 6:30pm

Friday 11:30am, 1:30 pm, 4:00pm & 6:30pm

Saturday: 11:30am, 1:30 pm, 4:00pm & 6:30 pm

Sunday 11:30 am & 1:30pm

Renegade Gardener Don Engebretson promo image
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Professional Organizer Melissa Klug

Melissa Klug is a master-certified professional organizer based in the Twin Cities, one of 65 people on the globe who have achieved Master Status as a KonMari Method Organizer. She has organized hundreds of homes across the United States. Starting out as a super disorganized person herself, Melissa discovered the life-changing magic of organizing thanks to Marie Kondo. She then dedicated her career to helping others achieve the same happiness she found after organizing her house. Because Melissa spent decades in messy spaces, she knows better than anyone that you CAN change (no matter your age), declutter your home and change your life. Her business, Home By Eleven, helps clients in person and online at homebyeleven.com

Melissa will be presenting the following topics…

Declutter Your Home – Change Your Life

Do you want to declutter and organize your house, but every time you look around, you are completely overwhelmed and have no idea where to start…so then you find yourself on the couch with whatever is new on Netflix? Our guest speaker has been there–and knows exactly how to give you a plan to get out of the overwhelm, and back to a home that you love. What you will find is that you can truly change your life just by creating a space that is organized, with simple systems to keep up your hard work.

Downsizing After Decades

We live in our homes for years and years, and when it comes time to put that home on the market and move to a different space, you find yourself surrounded by decades of STUFF–but no idea how to handle it. Our guest speaker knows how hard this is, and wants to make it a little easier for you to make this transition into LOVING your new space–while keeping your family relationships happy also!

Presentation times

Declutter Your Home – Change Your Life

Thursday 6:00 pm

Friday 2:00 pm, 7:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am & 3:00pm

Sunday 11:00 am

Downsizing After Decades

Thursday 4:00 pm

Friday 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Saturday 12:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Sunday 1:30 pm

Straw Bale Gardening before-after image
Straw Bale Gardening before-after image

Lawn & Turf Pro – Ryan Moy

Head Groundskeeper Minnesota United FC

Ryan Moy, the MN United Futbol Club’s head Groundkeeper, joined the team in 2018. Ever since, Ryan has learned a multitude of tips and tricks to help alleviate the daunting task of lawn maintenance. From equipment and tools, to maintenance scheduling and grass variety selections, Ryan hopes to share his knowledge and connect lawn goals to actionable items to make life a little easier for all who attend his presentations.


Presentation times

Lawn Care for Busy People

Thursday 6:00 pm

Friday 11:00 am & 3: 30 pm

Saturday 12:30 pm & 5:30 pm

Sunday 11:00 am

Love Your Lawn Again

Thursday 4:00 pm

Friday 1:00 pm & 6:30 pm

Saturday 10:30 am & 3:30 pm

Sunday 1:00 pm

Renegade Gardener Don Engebretson promo image
Renegade Gardener Don Engebretson promo image

The Gentleman Forager – Mike Kempenich

Mike Kempenich—also known as “The Gentleman Forager”—is an exotic mushroom cultivator, forager, educator, and wild foods distributor from Minneapolis, Minnesota who has been described as a leader in the locavore dining, wild foraging, and vertical urban-farming movements. Mike is also the founder of a retail company called Forest To Fork, which specializes in specialty mushroom cultivation and retail sales of mushrooms and other food products.

For more than a decade, Gentleman Forager (GF) has been building a recognized, and respected brand in the wild food industry. Their mission is to revolutionize the way mushrooms, and other wild foods, are integrated into consumers’ lifestyles.

Featuring special guest, Executive Chef Ashley Estrada

Executive Chef Ashley Estrada has been the Executive Chef of The Sample Room in Northeast Minneapolis for the past four years, where the concept of the restaurant means she has the opportunity to change the small plates on her menu every week.  Her lifelong love of the outdoors, wild foods, and a deep passion for creating unique dishes with a familiar overtone have become her hallmark as a Chef. From wild mushrooms, rice, berries and plants to unique proteins like camel, buffalo and Elk, Chef Ashley brings the wild forest to your plate with her approachable and delicious dishes.

Presentation times

How to Grow a Mushroom Garden

Thursday 7:00 pm

Friday 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm

Saturday 11:30 am & 4:30 pm

Sunday 2:30 pm

From the Forest to the Kitchen (featuring Chef Ashley Estrada)

Thursday 5:00 pm

Friday 11:00 am & 3:00 pm

Saturday 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Sunday 12:00 pm

Renegade Gardener Don Engebretson promo image
Renegade Gardener Don Engebretson promo image

The Renegade Gardener

The Renegade Gardener “Don Engebretson” is one of America’s best-known gardening authorities who has been seen on PBS, HGTV & DIY Network. His opinionated work as a garden writer for national publications has won him six national writing awards!

Don will be doing daily presentations on the following topics…

Common Gardening Myths and the Mayhem They Cause

They are as common as deer, as persistent as Japanese Beetles and as tough to wipe out as Creeping Charley: erroneous myths about garden plants, products and procedures that cost gardeners time and money while actually harming the look and health of their yards, gardens and landscapes.

In this fast-paced primer, Don dispenses the false notions created by common gardening myths by replacing error with the truth about fertilizers, wood mulch, landscape fabric, chemical products, lawn mower settings, planting procedures, soil amendments and many more.

Yes, You Can! Landscape Design for Homeowners

What’s more DIY than gardening? Except homeowners discover that planting a shrub is one thing; creating a professional, functional design plan for their property is another.

This new presentation was created by Don as a result of consumer demand. “I want to landscape my own yard but don’t know the steps, or where to begin,” is something Don has heard a thousand times. Don takes your audience through every step of the design process and instills in them the knowledge and confidence they need to create the beautiful yard, garden, and overall landscape they have always wanted.

Presentation times

Common Gardening Myths and the Mayhem They Cause

Thursday 5 pm

Friday 12:00 pm | 5:30 pm

Saturday 1:30 pm | 4:30 pm

Sunday 12 pm

Yes, You Can! Landscape Design for Homeowners

Thursday 7 pm

Friday 2:30 pm

Saturday 11:30 am

Sunday 2 pm

Renegade Gardener Don Engebretson promo image

Maria Wesserle

Maria has spent over 10 years teaching foraging and other nature programs at various organizations in the Upper Midwest. In 2017, Maria founded Four Season Foraging to offer monthly foraging workshops, creating a space where people can learn to interact with urban and rural wild places in meaningful and sustainable ways. She will be hosting two seminars; Easy Foraging: Common Wild Edibles of Minnesota and Wild Medicine: Familiar herbs for heath and healing. Attend her two seminars to expand your knowledge on the wildlife around you and how you can safely and sustainably interact with it

Presentation times

Easy Foraging: Common Wild Edibles of Minnesota

Friday 2:30pm & 4:30pm

Saturday 2:30 pm & 6:30pm

Sunday 11:30 am

Wild Medicine: Familiar Herbs for Health and Healing

Thursday 6:30pm

Friday 11:30 am, 6:30 pm

Saturday 12:00pm & 4:30 pm

Sunday 1:30pm

Renegade Gardener Don Engebretson promo image

Marty Berglund

Marty is a lifelong gardener and has developed numerous gardening classes as a former Master Gardener. She’s helped the Minnesota State Horticulture Society (MSHS) developed their Garden in a Box program and frequently presents gardening and pollinator classes for MSHS, MG events and school/community programs. She currently works with a greenhouse and local honey farm where she makes beeswax candles and other honey-related products.

Join Marty to learn about pollinators and how they contribute to our food supply. With a focus on butterflies, bees, and other insects, topics will include their life cycles and interactions with plants, as well as their needs for continuing survival. To help our friends the pollinators, many of the insect’s needs to thrive and survive as well as suggested plants will be provided.

Presentation times

Planning and Planting for Pollinator Gardening

Thursday 5:30pm

Friday 12:30pm & 3:30 pm

Saturday 11:00 am, 1:30pm, 3:30 pm & 5:30 pm

Sunday 12:30pm

Renegade Gardener Don Engebretson promo image

Liechty Mobile Housing by Schult

Liechty Homes has been a family-owned company since 1955. If you are in the market for a quality modular or manufactured home, make your way to the Arrowhead Home & Builders Show where Liechty Homes can help you find your dream home. Schult Homes will have a 3 bedroom, 2 bath beautiful home (The Roosevelt) from their Patriot Series on display at the upcoming show in Pioneer Hall.

Colorful Parakeet Landing

Back by popular demand is the colorful Parakeet Landing! Make your way to Paulucci Hall where you will find the Parakeet Landing.

Year after year, kids of all ages enjoy these friendly, colorful birds as they fly around their enclosure landing on arms, hands, shoulders and heads! The young ones are especially amazed as they can see the birds up close! You will want to have a camera ready to capture the looks on their faces as the parakeets elicit wide smiles and oohs and aahs of amazement!

Builder Bob

Face Painting & Animal Balloons

Stop by with the kids in the Lake Superior Ballroom and get FREE face painting and a balloon animal. It is sure to put a smile on their face!

Eating & Drinking Headquarters

Sponsored by Lake of the Woods Brewing Company & Budweiser

When you’re ready to recharge from all of the show action or just feel a little thirsty… stop by the official eating & drinking headquarters to quench your cravings!

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