"Most of the men were dragged here," said Zito of the wedding show. "There's actually more here than usual because there's no Ravens game."
Joe Strong, who owns the woodworking show, said the hobby needed a little image work, too.
"People think we all walk around with flannel shirts on and make intricate furniture. Well, anyone who puts up crown molding or installs wainscoting or a kick panel — if you do it, you're a woodworker," he said.
While the DIY show had its share of big-ticket machines that gathered crowds, one of the best draws were the booths where people learned to transform thick spindles of wood into elegant pens.
For 20 minutes, John Muhitch patiently sculpted a pen that he planned to give to his father. The Annapolis firefighter shaved, sanded and oiled the wood and then carved four thin brown lines at one end of the pen and one line at the other, signifying his father's four sons and one daughter.
Muhitch came to the show hoping to immerse himself in the hobby he once loved. A friend had carved pens for the members of his child's wedding party and Muhitch thought he might do the same for his own children.
"They're in college, so I'd better get going," he said.
Then, before you know it, Muhitch might be hanging out at the Exhibition Hall.