Doors to the Salt Palace exhibition hall open May 4 for four days of information, entertainment and enlightenment for Utahns.

A variety of booths, featuring everything from homebuying or remodeling to summer recreation, along with how-to-do-it tips from professionals, will be part of the Deseret News Home and Summer Living Show.Sponsored in cooperation with the Home Builders Association of Greater Salt Lake and the Newspaper Agency Corp., this year's free show will be combined again with the annual Showcase of Homes.

The show is open May 4 from 2 to 9:30 p.m.; May 5 from noon to 9:30 p.m.; May 6 from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and May 7 from noon to 5 p.m.

The Home Builders Association will present an information area with photographs of new homes constructed by its members. The new dwellings, featured in the organization's annual Showcase of Homes, are located throughout Salt Lake County.

After visiting the Salt Palace exhibits, showgoers are invited to tour the homes during regular open house activities during the week.

The HBA Remodelors Council, comprised of architects, suppliers and remodelors, will provide just one of the informative seminars during the show. Show visitors are invited to bring sketches or plans for remodeling to gain professional tips for their project.

Other half-hour demonstrations will be presented daily with professionals providing information on many subjects, such as home decorating, summer meals, residential lighting techniques and installing lawn sprinklers.

Broadcasting live from the show will be KSOP on FM104 and AM-1370.

This year's show has been expanded to four days to accommodate the crowds which attended previous exhibits.

Another highlight of the show will be the "Bake-Off Bonanza" as the Deseret News searches for new and different ideas for desserts.

Categories include one for cakes of any kind, two for pies (pastry crusts/cracker or cookie crusts) and two for cookies (brownies or other bar cookies/drop, shaped or rolled), according to Ann Whiting Allen, Deseret News food editor.

All recipes must be from scratch - no mixes or mix combinations will be accepted. Entries should include the complete recipe along with the contestant's name, address and telephone number.

There is no limit on the number of different entries or categories that may be submitted. They must be taken to the Salt Palace May 6 by noon.

Judges will consider overall appeal, ease of preparation, taste and appearance. First-place winner in each category will receive $25; $15 for second; and $5 for third.

Winners will be announced at the show May 6, at 2 p.m., and winning recipes will be published in the Today Section of the Deseret News at a later date.

If you're interested in buying a new home, you might be smart to invest in a Smart House, another feature of the show, offering a revolutionary wiring system that promises to change the way Americans enjoy, manage and control their house.

Being developed in a trend-setting research and development program spearheaded by the National Association of Home Builders, the wiring allows a homeowner to install one cable that handles all power and control needs. Regular home construction includes different wiring for electricity, low-voltage for door bells and exterior lighting, thermostats, alarm systems, television antenna or cable TV, audio speakers, intercoms and telephones.

In addition to simplicity of installation, cost is a determining factor when planning for Smart House wiring installation, according to the experts.

Other half-hour demonstrations will be presented daily with professionals providing information on many subjects.