2017 8th Annual Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show Preview


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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – If you have never been to a home and garden show before, this is the place to be on this weekend of August 25-27, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center. Admission to this show is $9.68 with a surcharge. There is much too see and do and this year’s show where you can have your home and garden project solved. See industry experts will be on hand to answer any of your questions. This home and garden show is under one roof. Also, this is a family friendly show, so bring the kids too.

It is only a quick drive from Downtown Orlando. Check your GPS for the best possible route. Parking on the property of OCCC is $10-18 per car. OCCC parking is located in the back of the building. Sorry, no free parking in the area.

It is recommended to wear comfortable shows to this event. One will be doing a lot of walking. Don’t forge to bring your camera and pad of paper along with a pen to write down some notes for your own place. On one day, attendees plan on spending 3-4 hours at this show. (The Fall Home and Garden Show) can help you get your Projects Solved! With thousands of square feet of exhibits you’ll find the latest in products and services for everything from builders, contractors, materials, decks, pools, spas, entertainment systems, storage, plants, landscape displays/materials, kitchenware, and much more. Sorry, promoter does not list the vendors attending this Fall’s Home & Garden Show.

Upon entering the convention hall, one will be amazed of the beautiful lush gardens with fountains surrounded by natural plants. Master Gardeners will be on hand to explain to attendees how to grow these native plants in our tropical climate in Central Florida.

There will be rows and rows of a variety of vendors on hand show casing their products and services. Some of these products may not be found in any retail stores. This is your opportunity to test out these new products in the marketplace. Some vendors even give out free sample and coupons of their products. Plus, Cool 105.9 FM is giving away a Virtual Garage at Booth 948. The virtual garage has washer & dryer, tools, shop vacuum, garage cabinets, and much more.

Here are some of the features at this year’s home and garden show in Orlando. There will be design, décor & home improvement down every aisle. Plus, see landscapes, gardening & plants to take home for purchase too. See featured Gardening Expert, Tom MacCubbin live and in person. Also, there will be DIY Workshop Stage by The Home Depot. Check out Boyce Thompson’s Life Changing New Product Zone. Wine & Shop for art, gift, gourmet & wine tasting. Plus, there is a Fun Filled Kid’s Zone. Finally, see Live Birds of Prey & Pet Zone to round out your show experience.

Also, there will be some celebrity guests on hand at this year’s Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show. Some of the celebrity guests are Ahmed Hassan, Celebrity Landscaper as seen on DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers”, kip Bedell, Co-Host of Spike TV’s “Catch A Contractor”, and Boyce Thompson with his life-changing products. Many of these celebrity guests will appear at various times throughout this home and garden show. Check this show schedule for more information.

If you’re looking to spruce up your home and this is the place to be. Don’t miss this great opportunity to visit this home and garden show. For more information on this show go to http://showtechnology.com/event/orlando-fall-home-garden-show . If you missed this home and garden show there are other ones throughout the United States from this promoter. If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please check us out at www.otownfun.com .

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Model Train Show Finds & Tips


Written by Nathan Wertheimer

There are many small to medium size model train shows around the Southeast of the United States, which provide a great way to purchase some discounted used train pieces and supplies. One never knows what they will find at these shows. It is hit or miss with any show. Why pay retail prices when you can save money on train parts and supplies. Admission to these shows vary between $6-$10 per person. Sometime one can even find a coupon for savings on admission. Check promoters website before attending any train show.

At many of the train shows, prices on trains and accessories will vary depend on the product and market value. Think of a train show as a flea market. One is able to buy-sell-trade. I enjoy going to train shows to see the great buys for my own collection. Expect to spend a couple of hours at any train show. Some vendors and collectors are repeat attendees who will be at most of the trains show. Some train vendors will even take special orders on rare and unusual items. It is recommended buying name brands rather than unknown brands in the train market. Some unknown brands are starting to pop up.

A buyer should beware when purchasing used train locomotives, train cars, and supplies. All sales are final. Look for honest dealers who are experts in model trains. Ask to the dealer many questions as you can before making a purchase. Some dealers may let you test run a locomotive on a test track they have on location. Also, I would ask to see the locomotive top taken off to see the condition of the engine. If you find a lot of rust and corrosion than you probably don’t want to buy it. Then check the condition of the wiring too. Frayed wiring is not good either. One dealer told me to oil certain parts of the engine. I listened to his advice and went through what he said. The train engine now has a burning smell when running it on the tracks. Not all advise to good. Repair at your own risk. Do your research before repairing it yourself and creating a bigger problem than it is worth.

I have previously purchased some $10 HO locomotive and found that some don’t work and were on its last leg before the engine dead. Some dealers did not know the quality of the condition of the locomotives engine they are selling. If interested in buying any $10-$15 locomotives be aware that they are not in the best shape. These are great buys to convert them into dummy locomotives. Sometimes these locomotives can be used for spare parts. I have found better-used working locomotives for $20-$40 per locomotive. They still have some life left in them. If you’re expecting a good used condition by hauling tons of train cars, then I hate to disappoint you and suggest buying a brand new locomotive.


Other deals I have found at train shows are used HO boxcars and other assorted train cars for around $1-$12. These are great buys compared to other retail prices, which are much higher. These train cars come without the original product box. Most of these train cars have horn shaped couplers, which are being phased out. However, attendees can buy some knuckle couplers to replace the old horn couplers. I prefer the old horn couplers compared new knuckle couplers because they hold up better. The knuckle couplers have too many pieces and the springs that can go bad. Also, it is recommended to inspect each train car before buying them. Some train cars have bad wheels, broken parts and or pieces. Some train cars can repairs if you know what you’re doing.

If your looking for a new or used buildings for your train layout than this the place to purchase them from. Some prices on the buildings will vary from $1-$60. Many of these buildings are plastic. However, these are some dealers sell hand-made wooden buildings too. If you find some old plastic buildings falling apart ask the dealer for the best price. Then when you get home fix them up to your liking. Some of these building can be repaired and modified to your train layout. Think outside the box. These are no rules for the model train hobby.

Anyone new to the model train hobby should learn the different types of train tracks material to buy and don’t buy. Don’t get stuck with the old metal tracks that rust away in the humidity in Florida. Most tracks today are made from either copper or nickel plate. Stay away from the metal tracks if all-possible. It is hard to sell the old metal tracks because no one wants them. One might even find a dealer selling a milk crate of assorted metal tracks for $20-$25 per crate. It is not recommended buying any of these at all. For HO scale there are two different codes of tracks. HO model train enthusiast use either Code-100 and Code-83 track. These can be bought used and or new depending on what you want.

If you have the tracks already you’ll need a transformer controller to run your train. These are used rare finds because some are vintage and may not work. The price ranges on these controllers are from $8 – $100. Some of them even have dust on them. I am not recommending buying a used controller without fully inspecting it to see if it works. Ask the dealer for a guarantee to see that the unit works.

One might think this is the place to buy a new train set at the best price. The answer is no. There is not a large amount of new train set in the box at a train show. The prices on these new train sets in a box go for fair market prices. Sorry, no big deals. However, one can make their own train set for less money on used train set without the track and controller. Most new train sets typically come with a limit number of tracks, one transformer controller, one locomotive, 3-4 train cars, and one caboose packed in one box. These train sets are great for someone who is getting into this hobby buy not for the seasoned model train enthusiast.

Many train shows have some of train layout accessories available to purchase. Most attendees are looking for plastic human figures, street signs, vehicles, trees, and much more. Do you homework on the correct scale before making a purchase. For the HO standard scale is 1:87. Other train scale sizes will vary. Some items from China are sometimes not in the correct scale.

If you want to get rid of your old train set this is the place to bring it too. Before attending a show get your train set appraised. Plus, do some research on the value it is worth. Don’t expect to get rich at one of these train shows. It is recommended to have your train set in fair to great condition in some sort of box and or plastic container so dealers can inspect it. If you have kept the original train set product box it is even worth more. Some dealers do not have a lot of cash on them to pay out. If you don’t have any luck selling your train set at a trainshow, then sell it on ebay.com or other consumer websites.

While breezing the many table of vendors, some train club set-up their large train set layouts. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and get ideas for your own train set layout. Don’t forget to bring your camera with a good flash to take some photos.

Another interest thing I found at the train show are bags of assorted parts and pieces in bargain bins marked $1-$3 per bag. There will be different parts and pieces in each bag. If you know what you’re looking for these are great deals. The dealer wants to get rid of their unwanted parts and pieces. It is worth a look to see if there is any good in these bargain bags. One never knows what they will find.

When attending any train show please bring some large zip lock plastic bags to separate each train cars or locomotives. This helps prevent the paint being scraped and scratched off of them. This tip came from a model train dealer I know well. Also, bring a backpack and or reusable cloth bag to carry your purchases. Some store cheap plastic bags tend to rip and could possibly damage your purchases when transporting them home.

After reading this article one will have a better understanding about the overall model train shows experience. A great model train show I recommend are the Florida Rail Fair Shows in Deland, Tampa, & Jacksonville. Plus, many more show locations too. Please visit their website at www.gserr.com Happy train hunting and make it a good one! If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please check us out at http://www.otownfun.com .

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2017 Orlando Boat Show Preview


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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – Have you ever wanted to relax on the water in a boat? If you said yes, than this is the place to be this weekend for the Orlando Boat Show from August 11-13, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center West Building in Halls C & D (Westside of the Building). Show hours are Friday & Saturday from 10am to 8pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm. Admission is $8 at the door on the day of the show. Plus, kids 12 and under are free with adult ticket purchase. What you’ll see at this boat show is over 60 great vendor booths, 15 Central Florida local boat dealers, plus over 60 boat manufacturers, Meet Professional Captain Jim Ross, fishing skill competition, kids trout pond, and much more.

It is only a short drive from Downtown Orlando to the OCCC. Get your GPS for the best travel route there. There is a surcharge of $10-20 cash/credit card for parking on the property at the OCCC. Parking is located in the back of the convention center. Sorry, there is no free parking around the OCCC area.

This boat show is produced and operated by Marine Industry Association of Central Florida (MIACF). The MIACF organization is a non-profit trade association dedicated to the promotion, protection and advancement of recreational boating and industry in Central Florida. The Orlando Boat Show is held once a year show in the fall only. This show is known as Central Florida’s premier boat show.

Upon entering the convention hall floor one will be amazed how many different styles, color, and sizes of various boats all under one roof. These are just some of the various watercrafts such as bow riders, pontoon boats, ski boats, cruisers, fishing boats, bass boats, and desk boats. Besides watercrafts there will also be marine electronics suppliers and boat accessories. Come meet with local dealers who will get you the best deal on any new and or used boat a this show. Attendees will be able board some boats with permission from a dealer. As a reminder please do not climb on any boats. Some dealers provide steps to get easy access to board some boats.

While at this show, don’t forget to play a crack-the-code and for a chance to win a $30,000 NauticStar 215XTS, 150HP Yamaha and Road King Tandem Axle Trailer from Boaters Exchange in Rockledge, Florida. Test your mind at this challenge.

Another feature at this year’s boat show is Professional Captain Jim Ross giving seminars on great boating and fishing. Capt. Jim Ross knows how to land massive fish on extremely light gear, and has an International Game Fish Association (IGFA) World Record certificate in the Fly Fishing division to show for it. He is also one of the few anglers to ever land a blue Marlin on a fly rod on his first attempt. He’s heralded as one of the “pioneers” credited with bringing shallow water “sight” fishing to the Indian and Banana Rivers, and Mosquito Lagoon in the late 1980’s after learning these techniques
on his frequent trips to Islamorada in the Florida Keys. For two decades Capt. Jim has been teaching his charter fishing clients these highly productive techniques, creating memorable fishing adventures whenever possible. Capt. Ross will give away one 1/2 day fishing experience on the Indian River valued at $400 at seminars scheduled at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday only.

Try your chance at the fishing skills simulator against catching a bull dolphin fish. Don’t worry you won’t get wet or tangled up in the fishing line. Attendees can reel in a bull dolphin fish in this virtue saltwater fishing simulator. Anyone can give it a try. Some young children may not be able try this fishing experience due to their age.

The Orlando Boat Show is very excited to bring back the Kids Trout Pond.  Children attending the show have the opportunity to catch a real live trout.  For many this may be their introduction to fishing and it has always provided a lasting memory for both parents and child alike.  It’s safe, fun and always catch and release!  See children faces
light up when they catch the big one! Sorry, attendee can’t take home the bass they caught.

If you have any questions or would like to be a vendor for next year’s Orlando Boat Show contact by phone at 386-943-8383 or email at contact@orlandoboatshow.com , or website at www.orlandoboatshow.com . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please check us out at www.otownfun.com .

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2017 Central Florida Fall Arts and Crafts Events

Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – The Fall season of art and crafts shows has already begun. Central Florida has some great art shows around. These shows are a great way to met the artist and get to know personally before you buy one or more of his or her works of art. All of these art shows are free to browse with no obligation to buy any of their artwork. Most of the artists make their living selling their works of art. Help support your local fine arts community.

Before going to one of these art shows it is recommended to plan your day right. Start by checking out the website of the art show you’re visiting. They will have important information such as available parking areas, artists, map of event, and vendors.

Once arriving at any numbers of art shows, Saturday’s are one of the best days to buy work of art early because the artist is showcasing their best work on display for the judges. While your looking around, you might spot a judging committee walking around too by visiting all the artists’ booths with their work. These judges have been hand picked by the art show committee. Many of these judges have an art background in education, gallery owners, and art career.

Here are some tips on looking for artwork at any art show. Before buying any artwork you must extremely love the artists work. There are no returns if you don’t like it. Most of the artwork is one of a kind, which is rare to find reproductions at an art show. There are small works of art that are reproductions such as postcards, photos, and prints. Many of the works range from $5.00 and the up thousands of dollars. When purchasing works of art most professional artist take credit cards. Just look for the credit logos hanging around the artist’s cash register.

Here is a list art show with dates and websites:

Artlando 2017 at Loch Haven Park in Orlando, September 30, 2017.

Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, October 14 & 15, 2017.

Winter Springs Artober Fest, October 21 & 22, 2017.

Mount Dora Craft Fair, Downtown Mt. Dora, October 28 & 29, 2017

Fall Fiesta in the Park at Lake Eola, November 4 & 5, 2017

Halifax Art Festival, River Front Park, Daytona, November 4 & 5, 2017

Art Underneath the Stars – Maitland, November 10-12, 2017.

Deland Fall Festival of the Arts, November 18 & 19, 2017

Winter Park Village Thanksgiving Weekend Craft Festival, TBA (Possibly on Thanksgiving Weekend of 2017)

2017 6th Annual Athletes and Animals Bowling Fundraiser Preview


Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Apopka, FL – For the past 6th years this has been an annual event to raise money for the Florida Special Olympics and Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, which is hosted by Central Florida Stanley Steemer and WFTV 9 Family Connection. Plus, many more sponsors will be participating too. This event is taking place on Sunday, August 13, 2017, from 11am – 2pm, at Brunswick Wekiva Lane in Apopka.

At this time, there are no more available bowling lanes to register your team for this year’s event. However, there are other events taking place too . Next year it is recommended to sign-up in the late spring to register your team to bowl in this fundraiser. This is a fun popular community fundraising event.

Come cheer on the Special Olympics champion bowlers from Central Florida. These bowlers are practicing to make it to the State of Florida Special Olympics games. Also, come see WFTV on air personalities Chief Meteorologist Tom Terry verse Anchor Greg Warmoth battle it out on the bowling lanes. Who is going to take the trophy in this year’s bowling match? You’ll have to wait to find out. So come cheer them on.

Attendees can still participate without bowling in this fundraiser too. There is a silent auction on gift baskets filled with many goodies and services from a variety of area local businesses. Winners of the gift baskets will be announced at the end of the bowling awards. All winners must be present to accept their silent auction gift basket(s).

This is a pet friendly event. Attendees are welcome to bring their well-behaved dog into this bowling center. Please be aware that your dog must be friendly around other people and other pets too. Because of the loud noise from the bowling pins crashing, some pets don’t do well in this environment. Service dogs are always welcome to attend. Plus, there will also be a few dogs up for adoption at this event.

After all teams have completed there bowling games, awards are given out to the best bowlers. One must be present to receive their award and have your photo taken. The final amount of this fundraiser will be announced and money will be split evenly between Florida Special Olympics and Pet Alliance of Great Orlando. Last year this event raised $21,000 total. The event promoters plan to raise even more this year.

So come on down to this year’s event and have a great time. If you’re unable to make on this day, please make a donation today. They really could use your help. For more information go too http://steemteam.com/athletes-animals . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please check us out at www.otownfun.com .

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2017 Hope Now Back 2 School Bash in Orlando Preview


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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – Are you looking to get your kids ready back to school? If you said yes, than this is the place to be on Sunday, August 6, 2017, from 10am – 2pm, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. Hope Now International and WFTV 9 Family Connection are sponsoring this FREE event. This event is on a first come, first serve on school supplies and services.

This event is located at Camping World Stadium at 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, FL 32805. Check your GPS for the best travel route to this location. There is free parking available on the property of Camping World Stadium. Look for parking attendants directing traffic.

The background of Hope Now International is a 100% all-volunteer organization, which has no paid staff members. Plus, is a non-profit organization with a 501c3 certified organization. The very first Back 2 School Bash was started in 1995 and has grown ever since then. Hope Now truly cares about the Central Florida community. Many other organizations, companies, and individuals, have donated school supplies to this worth cause. This is what makes this event so special.

If you plan on arriving early to this event before 10am, expect to wait in a long line. Most people arrive early to get a choice of a color and style backpack when entering the stadium gates. This event does not open any early than 10am. When entering the stadium gates there is a security checkpoint to enter for all attendees. Sorry, certain items are not allowed inside this stadium. Check with security for more information. Your child must be present to get free school supplies and services at this event.

This place is a one-stop shop to get your children ready for school. There are many health screenings such as dental checks, haircuts, eye screening, and physicals. All services are free. Please bring your patience while waiting in these lines. There are trained medical and licensed professionals that are providing these free services.

Plus, many other vendors will be on hand giving out free things as well. Stop by the WFTV booth and meet some on-air personalities. Also, check out the Orange County School District (OCSD) has a yellow mini-school bus golf cart that kids can have their photos taken with. This is one of the family favorites. Another vendor is FunSpot America, which will be on hand too giving out candy. Check out Brownie’s Plumbing and Septic Alligator will be on hand to your photo taken with. Plus, there will be much more to see and do at this event.

So if your kids are not prepared for school yet, then come out down to this event. When leaving this event please thank the event host and sponsors for all that they do. For more information go to www.hopenowinternational.com . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please check us out at www.otownfun.com .

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2017 National Model Train Show in Orlando Preview


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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is the place to be on the weekend of August 4 – 6, 2017, for the 2017 NMRA Orange Blossom Special Convention and The National Train Show. This show is open to the general public and is a family friendly event. Admission prices will vary. Bring your entire family down and have some fun.

It is only a short drive from Downtown Orlando to the OCCC. Get your GPS for the best travel route there. There is a surcharge of $15 cash/credit card for parking on the property at the OCCC. Sorry, there is no free parking around the OCCC area.

Upon arriving inside the OCCC expect to walk a lot. Wear some good tennis shoes.  There is much to see and do at this years train show. Attendees will see a variety of different scale trains from O to Z scales.  Some of the features are the 2-football field train layouts, all of the latest and greatest model trains, accessories, collectibles and more from the world’s best-known manufacturers and retailers geared for all model railroaders – from first timers to old timers. Plus, there will be a Lego® MiniLand with 2,500 sq. ft. area of tracks. Also, there will be train appraisers on-hand to give one an estimated value on your model train collection. This is a free service to attendees. And Ffinally, check out the hands-on-demonstrations too. This show has everything is under one roof.

Just a little insight in to this show. The National Train Show® was established in 1988 by the National Model Railroad Association as a nationally sponsored combined industry trade show and public train show to promote the hobby of model railroading. The 2017 National Train Show is held in conjunction with the national convention of the NMRA in Orlando, FL.

If you’re getting into this hobby, this is the best place to learn and ask questions on becoming avid model railroader. Everyone starts at the bottom and work their way up. This hobby can teach one to being a craftsman, an artist, an electrician, an engineer, and so much more. You control your own destiny with model railroading.

Looking to get into this hobby? Shop around for a reasonably price train sets depending on the scale size. Most of these new train sets include an engine, a few cars, some tracks, and a transform controller, all packaged into one box. Go home put your train set together and let the fun start. Most new beginners will want to expand their collection in the near future.

Also, this train show just doesn’t stop after this weekend. Look for smaller model train shows around Central Florida during the entire year. From beginners to seasoned model train collectors, a train show is a place to pick up new and used pieces for your collection. Why pay retail, when you can get better prices on trains and accessories at a model train show.

So come on down and learn about model railroading. For more information on this train show visit www.nmra2017orlando.org/NationalTrainShow.aspx or www.nationaltrainshow.org/2017/ntsorlando.html . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please check us out at www.otownfun.com .

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