OGDEN -- Home improvement is the theme for the 2011 Fall Home Show & Spa Expo sponsored by the Standard-Examiner.
"A lot of people are rethinking their homes instead of buying a brand-new home," said event coordinator Jennifer Thorpe.
With new home construction down and a soft housing market, this year's show helps people looking to improve their existing homes.
"People are making their homes better," said Bullfrog Spas co-owner Shawn Maynard.
The economic downturn introduced the term "staycation," Maynard said, which makes people want to improve their houses so they can stay home and enjoy themselves.
Event coordinator Cami Roberts said the event will help people in their home-improvement endeavors.
"It's for people to come to, not for new construction, but for remodeling," she said. "There are a lot of how-tos."
The event, which runs today and Saturday at the Weber County Fairgrounds, 1000 N. 1200 West, in Ogden, will feature speakers and demonstrations every hour.
Demonstrations will include coupon clipping, cooking, painting, winterizing a home, seed gathering, preparing a garden for spring planting and furniture restoration.
Last year's show had a green theme, focusing on making a home environmentally friendly and lowering energy use.
This year, 130 booths will fill the Recreation and Exhibit halls at the fairgrounds, with spas playing a big role.
"Fall is the best time," Maynard said, "because winter season is really spa season."
Bullfrog Spas will have 16 hot tubs on display.
"It's a great opportunity to see the products we have to offer," Maynard said. "The opportunity to see it in person makes a big difference in making a decision."
The event will also offer flu shots from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, and candy will be offered later this evening for trick-or-treaters. Demonstrations will be held every hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
RC Willey will be giving away a furniture package with two recliners, a 50-inch television and a chair-side table. Contestants must be present to win.
Admission is $2 at the door, with half of the proceeds from every ticket going to the United Way.
The Fall Home Show is one of several events sponsored by the Standard-Examiner throughout the year, including the bridal shows, the Spring Home Show, and Battle of the Bands.
The next event is the Holiday Fair on Nov. 12.