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Women's Expo features a variety of booths

WORTHINGTON -- With so much to see and do, it might be hard to decide which direction to head first. Luckily, wandering is encouraged.

"You can either spend the day or come and go," said Daily Globe Publisher Joni Harms.

The Daily Globe Women's Expo Health and Home Show has plenty of new booths this year, as well as many of the exhibits that have been such a hit in previous years. From jewelry to concrete, handbags to groceries and healthcare to real estate, the Expo booths have a variety of subjects and specialties sure to capture everyone's interests.

Once again, several door prizes will be given away -- a 5-piece living room collection valued at more than $2,000 from Slumberland Furniture, a diamond fashion pendant valued at $1,100 from Johnson Jewelry and a $500 gift certificate from Hy-Vee. The drawing takes place at 3:30 p.m., and the winning names will be pulled out of a hat by 2011 Snow Queen Whitney Coriolan.

The Expo takes place Saturday at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in the gymnasium and annex area. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the event runs until 3:30 p.m., and includes seminars on relaxation, cooking, health management and wine tasting.

Betsy Froedermann, Heron Lake, will be having a booth at the Expo for the first time. Her new business, bia art work, was recently started, but she has been digital scrapbooking for several years.

"I help people put photos and snapshots into memorable albums, instead of just photo albums," she explained. "And it is all digital."

Beth Bright of Blue Star Collections has had a booth at the Expo since it began in 2008.

"It's a fun show, and the people are wonderful to work with," Bright said.

Her business, which is in Spencer, Iowa, features furniture and items that have been "rescued, refurbished, redesigned, restaged, rearranged and resold." Bright attends estate sales and finds her treasures at a variety of places.

"I might see a table on a curb and think it has great legs, so I marry it to a new tabletop," she explained. "I rescue junk."

Those who attended the Expo last year may remember participating in Business Bingo, a fun game created by Anytime Fitness manager Liz Albright, and will be pleased to know Albright has organized the game again this year.

"There are 12 businesses on a card, and guests have to go to each booth and get a sticker on their card," Albright explained. "When they are done, they turn it back in."

At the end of the day, a winner is drawn from the completed cards. That lucky person wins a free 1-year membership to Anytime Fitness, along with a goodie bag full of treats from the participating businesses.

"We got a lot of good feedback last year," Albright stated. "It gave guests another fun thing to do and a chance to approach booths they may not have."

Many of the booths will have their own door prize drawings, samples, giveaways and specially priced items. The Early Morning Kiwanis will be serving foods from BenLee's Bros. Café for breakfast, lunch and treats, including soups, sandwiches, rolls and coffee. Health-related booths chock full of information and screenings are available, as are booths for water conditioning, home repair or enhancement, landscaping and interior decorating. Books, gifts, cooking supplies, skin care and catering service booths are also represented.

Tickets will be on sale at the door, and can be purchase in advance at the Daily Globe office, First State Bank Southwest, Hy-Vee, Minnesota West, Sanford Worthington Clinic and Sanford Worthington Medical Center and the hospital auxiliary gift shop.

For an online coupon good for $1 off the admission price, go to