There are great deals on equipment! Scales N Tails usually gives 20% off at shows, and gives a coupon for another 20% off your next purchase. There are a lot of people selling used tanks and enclosures. I bought three 20 gallons last show, two heat matts, four hides, and a dome for under $30. I have only missed one, and that was because of car trouble. Your wife will only risk getting bitten if she chooses to handle something. I've only seen a handful of bites at the show, and every single time it was because somebody (usually the vendor) was handling an aggressive animal that was known to be aggressive. It's a great place to bring your family. Kids of all ages love it!