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‘Spring Loaded’ event scheduled for Saturday in Luverne

LUVERNE — The Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce is shaking things up with its annual Spring Home, Health and Living Show, opting for a new format and a new name — Spring Loaded.

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Jane Wildung-Lanphere, executive director of the chamber, said the Saturday event will include seminars at the Historic Palace Theatre, exhibits and displays at the Blue Mound Banquet Center and open houses at numerous Luverne businesses. In addition, Cragoe Real Estate will have six open houses at homes offered for sale in the community, and a local contractor will host an open house at a home recently constructed in Luverne.

Wildung-Lanphere said challenges with space and locations in recent years led to a search for creative options for the event this year. The Spring Loaded format was developed by the MainStreet program and has been successful in other parts of the Midwest.

There are 23 Luverne businesses participating in the event with open houses on Saturday, offering in-store specials and prize drawings. Glen’s Food Center will offer demonstrations and food tasting, while Luverne Flowers & Greenhouse will conduct seminars on small space vegetable gardening and fairy gardens.

Wildung-Lanphere said the open houses provide a way for small businesses who otherwise weren’t able to staff a booth at the home show in previous years to participate. The hours of the open houses vary by location.

The Blue Mound Banquet Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and feature businesses, agencies or organizations who don’t necessarily have a storefront, or the space for an open house. There will be 16 booths at the banquet center, and lunch will be served there throughout the day.

Seminars are planned at the Historic Palace Theatre every hour, on the hour. The line-up includes a “Love the Life” fashion show at 10 a.m., featuring contemporary clothing and accessories; “The Art of Decorating” at 11 a.m. with contemporary design, decorating and home style with the experts; “Decluttering and Staging your Home” at noon, “How to Save and Restore Your Lawn” at 1 p.m., offering tips for getting lawns green and lush in the midst of a watering ban; “Transforming your Home with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint” at 2 p.m., and a Spotlight Dance “Spring Loaded” performance at 3 p.m.

“It’s a great venue for a performance and information,” Wildung-Lanphere said of the Palace.

As part of Spring Loaded, the Chamber of Commerce will have a drawing for three $100 gift certificates. To qualify for the drawing, people must visit at least six of the business open houses and the Blue Mound Banquet Center.

All Spring Loaded events are free of charge.

“It should be fun for people to attend,” Wildung-Lanphere said.

Daily Globe Reporter Julie Buntjer may be reached at 376-7330.

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