There's still more to come when visitors finish touring the main building of the Maryland Home and Flower Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.
This year, there will also be a separate exhibition hall nearby that is filled with craft booths to browse through at no extra cost.
"We're having three shows in one," said Jay Plummer, coordinator of the show for S & L Productions. "The craft show is something additional people will get to see for their money."
Last year's show had just a small display of crafts, with no more than 30 booths which were in the same building with the home and garden displays. This year's crafts exhibition has more than tripled in size and has been moved into its own quarters with 28,000 square feet of space.
The expanded craft show will include about 100 displays brought here from across Maryland and also from Maine, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, Ohio and West Virginia.
Exhibitors were selected through a juried competition to ensure high quality crafts and avoid duplication, Mr. Plummer said. Among the products to be displayed are traditional craft-show fare, including stained glass, pottery, dried flowers, wood furniture, braided rugs and silver jewelry.
Janet Mongan, whose crafts business is called Ugly Babies, will bring her soft-sculpture creations to the show from her home in Carroll County. In addition to the dolls for which the business is named, Mrs. Mongan sells an assortment of decorative items. Many are seasonal, including soft-sculpture bunnies for Easter and Santa Claus and his elves for Christmas.
"They're guaranteed to make you smile," Mrs. Mongan said. "My best seller is the Bathroom Wench. She's a spin-off on the kitchen witch. She rides on a small plunger and she's a little risque. That's my sense of humor. She's really a riot."
Other Maryland artisans will display handmade rag dolls, clay jewelry, fiber and dry brushed crafts, sponge-painted eggs, rag baskets, doorharps, marble bird feeders and hand-painted tiles.
Out-of-state crafts will include scissor cuttings, tubular wind chimes, hand-painted saws, fiber jewelry, lighted glass sculptures, glass jewelry and nail flower sculptures.