WOOSTER: Between vacation getaway raffles and patio restoration projects for veterans, the June-in-January outdoor show at Buchwalter Greenhouse this past weekend and next is looking to spread a little warmth to help folks get through the bitter winter season.

In its eighth year, the June-in-January fest is a partnership between nine Wayne County businesses: Buchwalter Greenhouse, Fit-n-Fun Pools & Spas, Keener Landscaping, Lucci’s Custom Work, Runions’ Furniture, B&K Concrete Construction, Village Catering, Lehman’s hardware and V.I.P. Travel.

“June-in-January brings some summer fun to winter months,” said Glenda Ervin, vice president of marketing at Lehman’s hardware, on Sunday. “You come in from the cold and ice in the parking lot, and as soon as you walk through the door, there’s bright flowers everywhere.”

The free event features outdoor furniture and living equipment, demonstrations and summer food samples.

Each company also donated a prize to be raffled off by Patios for Patriots, a nonprofit organization that provides free backyard makeovers to veterans who were in the Army, Marines, Navy or Air Force and have been stationed in a conflict zone. Prizes include a number of things to get folks (even more) excited for summer, from picnic raffle baskets to $2,000 vacation packages.

Patios for Patriots sells raffle tickets at the event for $1 each, or six for $5, 30 for $20 or 50 and a T-shirt for $50. They’ll draw winners at the end of the week, once the event is over.

The organization will also be accepting nominations for veterans to receive a backyard makeover.

Patios for Patriots runs completely on volunteers and donations, from the supplies to the labor.

“It’s kind of a community thank-you to each veteran,” said Rachel Workinger, a coordinator for the nonprofit, on Sunday.

Workinger knows firsthand how brightening a patio remodeling can be. Her dad, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, was the first of three veterans so far to have his backyard revamped by the organization, which started in 2015.

When Patios for Patriots asked Workinger’s father what he wanted it to look like, Workinger said he had a simple request: a light for his flagpole in the backyard.

He got much more. Volunteers replaced his cracked concrete patio with stone, along with a walkway leading up to his flagpole, landscaping and even a hot tub.

Workinger sees it as the “welcome home” that veterans deserved, but may have never received.

“It’s very therapeutic and very healing for vets,” Workinger said. “The hot tub is what gets my dad through his day physically.”

Of course, attendees didn’t need to be veterans to get a free taste of summer at the show.

Eva Sibert, who works in major products sales at Lehman’s, was there highlighting the company’s wood-fired grills by cooking and handing out samples of burgers and bacon-wrapped chicken throughout the afternoon.

“We’re trying to show people you can do so much more with grilling,” Sibert said.

For some attendees, just the sight of some greenery and warmth from the greenhouse was a nice getaway from the chilly weather.

“It’s a nice indoor-but-feels-like-outdoor event you can do,” said Brent Kornhaus of Orrville, who was checking out some patio furniture with his wife, Rachelle. “It feels like you’re getting outside and doing something without actually getting out and doing something in the cold.”

The show wraps up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Visit www.juneinjanuary.com for more information and a full schedule of events Buchwalter Greenhouse is at 6554 Back Orrville Road.

Theresa Cottom can be reached at 330-996-3216 or tcottom@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter @Theresa_Cottom.