There are lots of reasons to participate/exhibit at a wood carving show and sale. Some do it so that they can enter their wood carvings into a judged competition. Others just to let other folks see what they are carving. Some even so they can sell their wood carvings. But I suspect that by far most do it just to see and talk to others who share their hobby. The last reason would be me. Just think of it; 40 to 50 wood carvers, each with a table of their carvings, together for 2 days. You may only see and talk to these carvers once a year. Or if you're lucky you'll see them at other shows. But one thing is for sure we don't forget one another. We're always friends. I like to stay busy, so the photo shows the results of my being "busy" while talking to others, at the Johnny Appleseed Wood Carving Show.