Home and garden shows feature hundreds of related exhibits and demo booths, stages where seminars and cooking shows are held, celebrity guests and activities for adults and children. These events have become much more than just a forum for demonstrating new products.
Home and garden shows are usually held in large facilities, such as convention centers. While these events started as a way for manufacturers to present their products to customers, reporters and retailers, modern shows have a lot of added entertainment value. Many shows charge manufacturers for booth space and also charge the general public for admission. Retailer representatives can often enter without an admission fee or at a discounted price.
The main attractions at these shows are the demonstration booths where new products are put to use. Attractions may include cooking demos with free samples or test runs of lawn and garden equipment. Other larger attractions that may draw attention include garden spaces set up indoors for visitors to walk through and model rooms with new furniture and decor. Some shows also set up kids' areas with arts and craft activities and even live animal exhibits or animal petting zoos.
To help bring in more visitors, conventions pay for celebrity guests to give seminars or sign autographs. These guests are usually in the field of home and garden or may have a DIY-themed television show, like "Flipping Out" or "Bath Crashers."