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WORTHINGTON -- This time last year, Tammy Andrews was operating a small bridal shop in Beresford, S.D.

Now, she owns Interlude Bridal Shoppe in Sioux Falls, S.D., and is a new co-sponsor of the sixth annual Daily Globe Bridal Fair and Prom Extravaganza, which will take place from noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at American Reformed Church in Worthington.

Interlude, which has been in the bridal business for nearly 32 years, is co-sponsoring the Daily Globe's event with The Stag Clothiers of Worthington. The Stag has been involved with the Bridal Show and Prom Extravaganza since its inception.

"She (Andrews) will be bringing bridal gowns and a little bit of everything," Interlude's office manager, Jan Fischer, said of the Worthington show. "We carry a full bridal accessory line. We carry bridesmaid shoes, veils, jewelry, and of course now we're busy with the prom season, too."

Fischer said the Daily Globe show will be the first such event Andrews will participate in since her purchase of Interlude.

"In December we had our own little event here at our location in River Plaza," Fischer said. "We had David Tutera here. ... He has a company manufacturing his line, which we have an exclusive on."

In addition to bridal gowns and accessories, prom gowns, "mother's dresses" and dresses for flower girls will all be brought by Andrews to Worthington.

Robyn Moser, a sales associate with The Stag, said her employer continues to be part of the Bridal Show and Prom Extravaganza because it's a great opportunity to promote shopping locally.

"We're trying to show the brides and grooms what we have available right here in town," she said. "It brings people into our store, not only to register for their tuxedoes but to also purchase many groomsmen's gifts and bridesmaids' gifts, because we have that available here, too.

The Stag carries such items as unity candles and a variety of engravable gifts, Moser said.

Daily Globe publisher Joni Harms is anticipating another successful event that attracts people with assorted interests.

"This event has expanded much more than to just the bridal couple," Harms said. "With people's busy lifestyles, catered parties for graduation, confirmation and birthdays has become the norm.

"Several of our food booths will feature their prized food offerings, with attendees getting to enjoy these samples," she added.

VIP Floral owner Stan Van Iperen is one of the many vendors looking forward to having a presence at the event.

"There will be a lot of expectant new brides there, and it's a place to showcase our bouquets," Van Iperen said. "We have a group of talented designers here that have a lot of new unique and trendy designs.

"For the models that are walking down the runway, we are providing the bouquets for them, so the brides that are coming will see actual and real bouquets that we have created."

Celebrity China and Crystal, which has its main offices in Kansas City, Mo., will also be represented at the Bridal Show and Prom Extravaganza.

"We've heard about the Worthington show and wanted to do it in the past, but it never worked out," said Garry Fowler, who owns the company. "We're very excited about it. I'm from northwest Iowa (Oto), myself, so that's why I wanted to promote it.

"We have reps that work the area of eastern South Dakota, western Minnesota, northeast Nebraska, and northwest Iowa. ... That's where they're coming from (to Worthington)," Fowler said. "We carry everything for kitchen and dining."

In addition to the multiple booths at Saturday's event, a bridal show is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and a prom show for 2:30 p.m.

Host American Reformed Church will have cookies, bottled water, coffee and cans of pop available. All proceeds will go to the church's summer mission trip to Mexico.

In addition, the Daily Globe Bridal Book, featuring ideas and planning guides for weddings, will be available to all who attend the Bridal Fair.

"We look forward to hosting this event and hope to see you there," Harms said. "We have a lot to offer right here in our own backyard, and we're proud to have so many vendors participating in this Worthington event."

Ryan McGaughey

I first joined the Daily Globe in April 2001 as sports editor. I later became the news editor in November 2002, and the managing editor in August 2006. I'm originally from New York State, and am married with two children.

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