Spruce Up

editor@sierrastar.comMay 13, 2014 

Some 40 vendors will participate in the Oakhurst Home & Garden Fair 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. this Saturday, in the parking lot of the Yosemite Gateway Board of Realtors, adjacent to Sears.

"This is going to be a great fair and we invite the Mountain Area community to this family oriented event," said event coordinator Karina Bulow-Brown of Yosemite Mortgage. "There is going to be a lot of home and garden merchandise, useful home owner information, and free entertainment for the children including a bounce house sponsored by Hickox Roofing of Visalia, petting zoo, photo booth, and miniature horse rides."

Bulow-Brown said there will be some unique merchandise at the fair including custom made Murphy beds by Roger's Carpentry of Oakhurst, homemade soaps and lotions from Farm Girls, Mary D's of Mariposa with wine barrel furniture, and hand-made wooden toys by KC Enterprises of Soulsbyville.

True Value Home Center will provide Home & Garden Fair special pricing for a variety of flowers and plants, as well as popcorn, games and prizes for children.

Cal Fire will bring a fire engine to the fair and will provide fire safety information.

A Raymond home business, Farm Girls, will offer home made soaps and lotions at the fair. Ranae Kohout, 29, started the business a year ago. Kohout said there is a houseful of girls on the family ranch and started the business after realizing the ingredients in commercially made soaps and lotion.

"I started making soap because we work outside with our animals and in the garden throughout our day ... we are constantly washing our hands with soap some of us began to get really dry skin," Kohout said. "When we read the ingredients we found out why. Have you ever really stopped and read the ingredients inside your soaps and lotions?"

Kohout said when she discovered that so many chemicals and laurel sulfates were in soap and lotions, the girls decided they really didn't want to use it on their skin.

"I decided to try making my own, at least just to say I did ... and so began my soap and lotion making," Kohout said. "It turned out wonderfully and I started making it regularly for my family. I was really enjoying making the soap and I thought, why not make some to share?"

Kohout said she found plenty of other people having problems with regular soap who were looking for a healthy and nourishing bar of soap.

"I take great pride in my soaps, creating each batch from scratch with different oils and colors," Kohout said. "Each bar of soap has the nourishing benefits of Coconut oil, Olive oil, Grape seed oil, and Fresh Jersey milk. Beside's the great benefits of the oils, the special moisturizing quality of the milk is unlike any other.

"Even though I love to try new recipes, the soap comes out the same every time ... smelling wonderful and keeping you clean in the healthiest way," Kohout said. Other businesses that will have booths at the fair include Central Sierra Pest Control, Carpet One, All Weather Roofing, and Collingsworth Construction.

Numerous real estate brokers will be at the fair along with loan and escrow companies.

Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available, provided by the Sierra Lions Club.

Details: Karina Bulow-Brown, (559) 683-5500.

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