2019 Fairgrounds Southern Ideal Home Show Exhibitor Kit Information will be made available closer to show date.

Welcome, exhibitors!

Thank you for joining us; we're ready for a GREAT show and hope you are, too! Contact us if you need anything. Cell numbers are best this week or stop by the show office in the Jim Graham Building starting Monday after 12pm to see us. We're here to help!

How to Use this Exhibitor Kit:

Welcome to your Exhibitor Kit! Please use the following links to learn more about what you need to do to prepare for the show. Wondering where to start? New and returning exhibitors should all follow these critical steps for success:

1. Review the Exhibitor Manual with your show staff.
2. Place orders for show decorator services and utilities prior to the show.
3. Review the Move-In, Show, and Move-Out hours with your team.
4. Go over the Must-Do checklist to ensure your booth and staff are show ready.
5. Contact us with questions; we're here to help you have a great show!


2018 Exhibitor Manual
Everything you need to know about move-in, move-out, booth regulations, and more!

Decorator Manual 
Order your booth carpet, chairs, tables, and more! Reminder: Flooring is required in all booths. Tables must be skirted to the floor.

MUST DO Checklist
Reminders for Booth Quality and Exhibition Guidelines

Wi-Fi Access Instructions
Wifi Network for Exhibitors Only:
Wifi Password: M00n5sun53ts04$ (all 0's are zeroes)
This network is for Exhibitors ONLY! Do not share password with attendees. They have the option of using the free public network STATEFAIRGROUNDSPUBLIC which requires no password and limits their connection time.

Hard-Line Internet Order Form

Liability Insurance Application

Map of Fairgrounds

Electrical Services
The cost of basic electric is included with each booth space, but you need to request activation. Please email Erin Calabritto at erinc@mpeshows.com no later than Thursday, March 29th to request electrical service. Electrical services can be ordered at the show office in the Jim Graham building on-site during move-in, but will likely result in a longer wait time for activation.

Lead Card
Print and use these to collect leads at the show.

Marketing Opportunities (COMING SOON)
Are you looking for a way to get a leg up on the competition, stand out from the crowd, drive booth traffic, or create awareness? We have affordable options!

Exhibitor Seminar PowerPoint
By request, here is the PowerPoint presented at our recent Exhibitor Training seminar.


If you are a NEW exhibitor, please use these instructions to submit your Exhibitor Listing: CLICK HERE

If you are a RETURNING exhibitor, please use these instructions to review or update your Exhibitor Listing: CLICK HERE


Please note, there is no move-in on Sunday, April 1, 2018
Monday, April 2:  
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Tuesday, April 3:  
8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday, April 4:  
8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday, April 5:  8:00am - 5:00pm*
*Drive-in access ends Thursday at noon to allow exhibitors with booths located in front of freight doors time to set up.

All exhibit booths must be set up by 5pm on Thursday; there is no setup allowed on Friday morning. Please note, there is no longer a "Preview Night" on Thursday. Hours subject to change.

Show Dates & Hours:

Friday, April 6, 2018  10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 7, 2018  
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 8, 2018  
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Sunday, April 8th, 2018:  6:01pm - 10:00pm
Monday, April 9th, 2018:  8:00am - 3:00pm

Please note, the show floor in both buildings must be clear of all exhibit booths, materials, and vehicles no later than 3pm on Monday or you may be assessed a cleanup fee.


Free and Unlimited.

Show Guide

Click here for a copy of the official Show Guide that will be distributed to the entire circulation of the News & Observer the Sunday prior to the show as well as available on-site (at the entrance to the show in the Exposition Center).


We have four categories with one award each. Awards are determined by show management. We take many things into consideration when deciding on award recipients, including but not limited to: overall contribution to the quality of the show, social media sharing, promoting attendance through distributing complimentary tickets, booth display quality, adherence to show regulations, and more. Awards are issued on Saturday of the show.

- Exhibitor of the Year | Raleigh Spring 2018  
- New Exhibitor of the Year | Raleigh Spring 2018  
- Garden & Outdoor Design Exhibitor of the Year | Raleigh Spring 2018  
- Home Improvement Exhibitor of the Year | Raleigh Spring 2018  

Best of luck and thank you all for putting your best effort into making the Southern Ideal Home Show an outstanding experience for our consumers!


Please note, the Hampton Inn closest to the NC State Fairgrounds is currently under remodeling/construction. 

Wingate by Wyndham State Arena Hotel Ral
2 mi. from Fairgrounds
Special Fairgrounds Rate: $94 per night Deadline by 4/05/2017
Amenities:  Spacious modern guest rooms designed for the business traveler with in-room safes.  FREE Deluxe Continental Breakfast daily with hot items available.  FREE Manager’s Social with Beer, Wine and hors d’oeurves:  Monday- Thursday 5pm-8pm.  FREE Wired and Wireless Internet.  24 Hour Courtesy Shuttle to and from RDU Airport.  Courtesy Shuttle within 5 mile radius of the hotel to local businesses.  On-site Business Center.  24 Hour fitness center with PreCor equipment and free weights.  Indoor heated pool with Whirlpool.  Each guest room has a refrigerator, microwave, laptop capable safe and a 42” flat screen TV.

6115 Corporate Ridge Rd
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-847-7383

Comfort Inn & Suites Crabtree
5 mi. to Fairgrounds
Complimentary hot breakfast, parking and wi-fi. Hotel is within walking distance of ample restaurants and shopping.

6209 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27612
Phone: 919-782-1112

Hyatt Place
2 mi. from Fairgrounds
Shuttle Service available to NC State Fairgrounds based on availability

Amenities: Oversized suites with sitting area, dry bar and an attached King or Double sleeping room. Each suite features State-of-the-art media and work center, high definition 42” plasma television that integrates with laptops and other electronic devices, a video and music entertainment system, plush Hyatt grand bed, and upgraded bathrooms with granite vanity area. Complimentary parking for individuals and buses, complimentary high speed wireless internet service, complimentary hot breakfast buffet, complimentary fitness center and outdoor swimming pool, personal voice-mail, Hyatt Gold Passport Points. The hotel offers complimentary parking for 400 cars, saving up to $18.00 per day, complimentary transfers to and from RDU airport, saving up to $55.00 for your guest and the hotel is Recipients of the 2013 JD Powers & Associates Hotel Guest Satisfaction Award for Best Upscale Property.

710 Corporate Center Dr
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-233-2205 or 1-800-492-8847

Hawthorn Suites Raleigh-Cary
3 miles/7 minutes from the Fairgrounds
Amenities: Newly renovated 100% non-smoking, spacious rooms equipped with cook tops with granite counter tops (all utensils supplied), HDTV, full size refrigerator, complimentary free hot breakfast daily, WI-FI, weekly evening social hour – Monday through Wednesday 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM, 24-hour business center, workout area, and laundry facility.

1020 Buck Jones Rd
Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone: 919-468-4222

Ramada Raleigh
0.4 miles from the Fairgrounds
Amenities: Complimentary hot breakfast buffet for guest, complimentary wireless internet, 24 hour deluxe business center, full service restaurant and lounge, room service, outdoor pool, fitness center, 100% non-smoking  rooms, pet rooms available upon request, based on availability ($25 pet fee per stay).

1520 Blue Ridge Rd
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-832-4100