Info: Maryland Home & Garden Show

When: 10 a.m-6 p.m. Friday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 21, and until 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Where: Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium.

Tickets: $9 for adults, $7 for seniors 62 and up, and $3 for children ages 6 to 12. Kids 5 and under are free. Find $2-off coupons at Pizza Hut and M&T bank locations or at

What's new: Purple Backyard Paradise: a 40-by-60-foot football-themed, landscaped backyard with a patio shaped like the NFL's Vince Lombardi trophy, complete with fire pit, outdoor kitchen and big-screen TV.

Returning favorites: Tim Nyberg and Jim Berg return as the Duct Tape Guys, a comedy duo and authors of seven books about the sticky stuff. And members of the Maryland chapter of the American Society of Interior Design have their "Ask a Designer" booth: get 20 minutes of free, one-on-one advice. Also, more than 300 home-improvement exhibits and lots of exhibits focusing on food, fitness, travel and family fun.

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