Here's what it's like to attend Warren Buffett's 'Woodstock for Capitalists'

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Here's what it's like to attend Warren Buffett's 'Woodstock for Capitalists'

The Nebraska Furniture Mart display at the 2017 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting in Omaha, NE.
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Above: The Berkshire Hathaway-owned Nebraska Furniture Mart display at the 2017 annual shareholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.

Tens of thousands from around the world gather once a year in Omaha, Nebraska, for the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting to hear chairman Warren Buffett speak and to celebrate his business success. Once in town, attendees can explore exhibits featuring Berkshire holdings — 63 are listed on its website, including Clayton Homes and Kraft Heinz.

Here's what the carnival atmosphere was like at this year's gathering.

By CNBC's Evelyn Cheng
Posted on 6 May 2017

  • Kool-Aid Man

    Young and old mingle with the wealthy, and sometimes Warren Buffett himself, in the CenturyLink exhibit hall.

    Attendees get a photo with the Kool-Aid Man at the 2017 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting in Omaha, NE.
    David A. Grogan | CNBC
  • The Geico gecko

    Buffett and Berkshire Vice-Chairman Charlie Munger answer shareholder questions every year for most of Saturday. This year, Buffett said auto insurers like Berkshire's Geico will one day get hurt by autonomous driving.

    The Geico Gecko greets shareholder's at the 2017 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting in Omaha, NE.
    David A. Grogan | CNBC
  • Mr. Peanut

    Buffett worked with 3G Capital to merge Heinz with Kraft Foods in 2015, creating Planters peanuts' owner Kraft Heinz.

    Mr. Peanut at the Planters Peanuts display greets shareholders at the 2017 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder's Meeting in Omaha, NE.
    David A. Grogan | CNBC
  • Party time

    Berkshire owns Oriental Trading, whose catalog comes to life at a booth filled with party favors and craft supplies.

    Shareholders attending the 2017 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting in Omaha, NE.
    David A. Grogan | CNBC
  • Duracell truck

    In February 2016, Berkshire closed its deal to buy battery maker Duracell from Procter & Gamble.

    The Duracell display at the 2017 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting in Omaha, NE.
    David A. Grogan | CNBC
  • Time for ice cream

    Berkshire Hathaway's holdings include a slew of well-known consumer names like International Dairy Queen.

    A shareholder samples a DQ ice cream bar at the 2017 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting in Omaha, NE.
  • Model homes

    Separte Berkshire subsidiaries build homes and sell insurance for them.

    Shareholders outside model homes at the 2017 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting in Omaha, NE.
    David A. Grogan | CNBC
  • Warren Buffett dolls

    Berkshire's annual meeting is also a time for shareholders to pick up Buffett-branded swag, sold this weekend only.

    Warren Buffett Secret Millionaire's Club dolls on display at the Annual Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder's Meeting in Omaha, NE on May 6, 2017.
    Lacy O'Toole | CNBC