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A group of models poses for a photo during Sunday’s Daily Globe Bridal Fair and Prom Extravaganza at the Worthington Event Center. For more photos from the show, see Tuesday’s print edition as well as Creative Concepts Photography2 / 3
Models gather on the runway at the conclusion of Sunday's style show at the Bridal Fair and Prom Extravaganza. Creative Concepts Photography3 / 3

WORTHINGTON — For Derek Drenth and Kaitlyn Anticouni, Sunday’s Daily Globe Bridal Fair and Prom Extravaganza gave them an opportunity to see what was available as the couple plans their June 2015 wedding.

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“It’s nice to get an idea of what everything costs as we’re looking forward to our special day,” said Drenth, who is from Ellsworth.

The couple’s main goal was to inquire about the Worthington Event Center — the location for Sunday’s event.

Anticouni said it wasn’t difficult to talk Drenth into coming to an event that was dominated by mostly female attendees.

“He actually wanted to come and see it because we are really looking at having a reception here,” said Anticouni, who is from California and is attending Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. “We are getting married in California, so we wanted to come and take a look at everything.”

Nikki Frigen already had plans to go to Sunday’s Daily Globe Bridal Fair and Prom Extravaganza. But after Friday night, her approach was a little different.

Only two days before the event, Frigen’s boyfriend, Jared Rademacher, popped the question.

“I actually decided to go with my mom before I got engaged, but Jared and I were talking about getting engaged and getting married,” Frigen said. “But not being originally from the area, I didn’t know what was here.”

For the bride-to-be, the timing of the annual event couldn’t have been better.

“We still don’t know when we’re going to have the reception,” Frigen said. “We know we’re probably going in July to Las Vegas to get married with our family and friends. ...We’ll come back and have the reception, but that is up in the air.”

Frigen said her goal in attending the fair was to gather information and get pricing estimates.

“From there, we can pick a venue, pick a date and see what’s available,” she said.

One of the booths she and her mother stopped at was the Hi-Lo Club, which is based in of Lakefield.

“I really feel that we have a quality product to offer the brides in southwest Minnesota,” said Nadine Malchow, owner of the Hi-Lo Club. “The Daily Globe does a fantastic job of bringing the customers to us. I think it’s a really good connection. I have always found that it works well. I can offer something to the brides in this area. They are looking for a good caterer, and we can fill that need.”

Malchow said she does more than just cater the meal.

“I usually include two planning meetings with the process of planning,” she said. “We discuss everything from the different entrees and sides that they want to room design, floor plans, the timelines. I am a wedding reception planner along with being a caterer. I really enjoy what I do, and I want to make sure my brides have the day they’ve always dreamed of.”

While Malchow has been a regular at the event, Dave Hartzler was making his first appearance as the owner of BenLee’s Cafe, located in downtown Worthington.

“There has been a lot of interest from brides and grooms looking at weddings and planning their event. So far it’s been somewhat fruitful. We’ve handed out a lot of information and talked to a lot of people,” he said. “It’s to get our name out there and let everybody know what we’re doing and what we’re capable of doing to help them out and make their event the best possible event it can be.”

The day also featured a fashion show. The Stag Clothiers, of Worthington and Windom, provided tuxedos for the men in the show.

“We enjoy doing it. It’s a great service for the great brides and grooms and it’s just a pleasure to work with them,” said Dale Ryen, owner of The Stag. “It’s been going great. We have a great crowd here. I’m really happy with the turnout.”

Blue Box Bridal, Fairmont, provided wedding and prom attire for models to don during the show.

“It always is surprising because you can look at a dress on a mannequin and when you get it on a live model, it always looks different,” said Karla Boettcher, co-owner of Blue Box Bridal. “The same dress always looks different on every girl. It’s always interesting to see the girls and how they wear the dresses and make it their own. It’s always fun.”

Jessica Lynn, Daily Globe multimedia sales consultant — and bride-to-be this summer — said she was able to not only work at the paper’s booth but also check out what the area has to offer for her wedding.

“The photo booth, I think, has been a really big success this year,” she said. “Taylor’d Cakes with the cupcakes, I think a lot of people have gone to check that out. I think everybody has been pretty happy.”

Lynn said attendance had increased since previous years, despite temperatures that weren’t far above zero degrees Sunday afternoon.

The cold weather may have pushed people to thinking warm, said Melissa Sutton, travel agent with All About Travel, Sioux Falls, S.D.

“Everybody has been very friendly and very interested, especially in looking at going somewhere nice and warm considering it is so cold,” she said. “We actually have a lot of customers from this area in Minnesota, even though we are in Sioux Falls. I have clients right now from Fulda that are in Hawaii, from Pipestone that are in Mexico and from Worthington who are in Jamaica right now.”

Community Content Coordinator Aaron Hagen may be reached at 376-7323.