Whacky Home and Garden exhibits

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The Home & Garden Show takes over the Coliseum every year and brings with it a host of weird products.

The show’s website describes its over 650 exhibitors as featuring “products and services for kitchen, bath, landscaping, interior decor, bedding, windows, siding, roofing, gutters, patios, driveways and more.”

This year, chainsaw carving, piglet races and Alex Babich the “Giant Gardening Guy” headline the show, but for many the magic lies with finding unusual products and displays among the vendors.

In 2014, WANE 15 found Joey Green who told us all about “wacky uses for brand-name products.”

At the show, he was showing off his new book, “Joey Green’s Magic Health Remedies: 1,363 Quick-and-Easy Cures Using Brand-Name Products.”

“I call it affordable health care,” Green said in 2014. “For example Pepto Bismol, instead of using it if you have a stomach ache, you can also use it to pamper yourself by giving yourself a facial treatment.”

Meteorologists Nicholas Ferreri and Greg Shoup working the WANE 15 booth at the 2014 Home & Garden Show.

He claimed that brushing Pepto Bismol onto your skin could remove oils and mimic expensive facial treatments given at a salon.

“It gives you a nice pink glow,” Green said.

But that wasn’t the only product that he used for skincare – on WANE 15’s morning show in 2014, he busted out a fresh can of Crisco as well.

“You can use Crisco to prevent a diaper rash,” Green said while preparing to spread the popular shortening brand on the butt of a doll. “You take the Crisco and simply butter the baby’s buns like so.”

Green also said that Crisco could be used in place of moisturizer.

“A lot of women swear by Crisco to prevent wrinkles, before you go to bed at night a little dab of Crisco rub it on your face.”

While he’s appearing in this year’s show to show off his giant plants, 10 years ago Alex Babich was on WANE 15 talking about hunting morel mushrooms.

“The mushroom mycelium is like a webbing under the ground and the morels is like a fruit coming up,” Babich said.

In 2014, Babich said a late winter was pushing back the typical morel season, but encouraged hunters to look come spring.

“Don’t give up, a lot of people go out there and don’t see anything and lose interest,” Babich said. “Morels, they come in a couple of different waves and there is one major wave they don’t want to miss… once that wave comes through that’s going to be most of the morels.

Turning back the clock 20 years, WANE 15 found something a little more physics-defining than just weird in 2004.

It was described as a brand-new development in 2004: a combination of a waterfall and a fireplace.

Giving off 89,000 BTUs, it could produce similar heat to that of a backyard grill, although it may be hard to find today.

It was being shown off by Old Smokey’s, but a cursory look at their website today shows no mention of the ring of the fire.

However, an old page on the Cliffs in Aboite website claims the item was offered by Smokey’s and was even “the hit of the 2004 Home & Garden Show.”

To seek out fun and unexpected products this year, you can check out the Home & Garden Show from Thursday to Sunday.

  • Thursday & Friday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.