HJ/EDMarch 27, 2006

New leadership for Winsted Women's Expo

By Liz Hellmann
Staff Writer

Whether searching for the perfect massage therapist or in the midst of planning a wedding, the fourth annual Winsted Women’s Expo promises to have something for everyone.

Women from all over the area will have a one-stop shop filled with more than 45 vendors at the expo, which will take place at the Blue Note Ballroom Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Women are a driving economic force, and it’s good to recognize that,” Julie Guggemos, member of the Winsted Women’s Expo committee, said.

Booths will feature financial services, home organization, health, massage, nutrition, cosmetics, and auto maintenance. About half of the participating businesses will be local, but there are some coming from as far away as Monticello, making for a diversified shopping experience.

“There are a lot of resources out there for women,” Lyn Zeppelin, also a member of the committee, said.

Non-profit booths will include the McLeod County Alliance for Victims of Domestic Violence, Winsted library, and a childcare reference booth.

Girl Scouts will be on hand to satisfy cravings for their famous cookies. Expo goers can also help satisfy the needs of others by bringing in a non-perishable food shelf donation.

As one of the only women’s expos in the area, it can make a great mother/daughter outing, or can be a helpful resource tool for brides-to-be.

“It’s kind of a all-in-one stop for brides,” Guggemos said. There will be booths featuring photography, floral, cakes, and more.

Although the spotlight is on the women for this event, men needn’t shy away, as they will find the information helpful, as well.

All genders can appreciate the several door prizes, ranging from a year’s supply of Caribou coffee to Winstock Country Music Festival tickets.

The expo changes hands

This is the first year the Winsted Women’s Expo is sponsored by the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce.

But familiar faces are on hand to carry on the tradition, including founder of the expo Laurie Campbell, who is also on this year’s expo committee.

“There is real interest in the business community for this kind of expo,” Guggemos said.

It is not too late to sign up for a booth at the expo. The entrance fee is $40 for non-chamber members, and $20 for chamber members.

There is no admission fee for the public.

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