WORTHINGTON — Even in the midst of a pandemic, the show must go on for Worthington’s annual Sassy Saturday event.

Sassy Saturday will take place this Saturday around Worthington, and it will again offer local retailers a chance to promote exciting deals while enticing shoppers into their stores. While COVID-19 has resulted in a new type of coordination for the yearly event, organizers are enthusiastically making the best of things.

“Obviously it’s a little bit different this year, but the whole thing is we really want to encourage people to get out and shop,” Sassy Saturday committee member Amanda Walljasper-Tate said. “We need your support now more than ever. We want people to come into the stores, check out the deals and register for giveaway prizes.”

In past years, Sassy Saturday has begun with attendees gathering at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center. That won’t happen this year, but other plans that organizers feel will be equally appealing have been made.

“Sassy Saturday will get underway at the fairgrounds Saturday morning,” committee member Robyn Moser said. “The style show kicks off at 9 a.m. out there, with models modeling clothing from local merchants.

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“There will also be cars set up from Marthaler’s, and other merchandise will be out there,” Moser continued. “There will be goodie bags handed out with offers from local businesses to be used during your shopping — some for just one day, and others to be extended. They’ll have a great variety of things.”

A total of 100 goodie bags will be handed out to the first 100 people at the fairgrounds who are 18 years of age or older. People will be able to drive through the fairgrounds — the route will be clearly marked — and see what’s on display.

“We want to give a shout-out to Marthaler because they’ve really helped us big time,” Walljasper-Tate said. “This is the first time that Marthaler has been an event sponsor, and we are very grateful.

“Avera Medical Group Worthington, they have sponsored every year and have provided $5 lunch vouchers in the bags for Phileo's and Forbidden Barrel,” she added. “We’re thankful for that, too.”

This year’s ninth annual Sassy Saturday will include 20 participating businesses. It could have included zero businesses, but Moser and others didn’t want that to be an option.

“I didn’t want to let the promotion go this year and in listening to people, they’re still looking for things to do,” Moser said. “It should be a great weekend for people to come out and shop. I think it will be a nice thing to do to get people out and about, and whether they’re out buying or browsing around, it’s just nice to get out and see what’s happening in your local stores.”

Moser explained that Sassy Saturday is organized each year by a group of retailers that wants "to try and support each other and come up with ideas that support everyone in retail.”

More information about this year’s Sassy Saturday is available via the “Shop Worthington, MN” Facebook page.

“We’re just really excited that Robyn had this great idea (with the fairgrounds),” Walljasper-Tate said. “Originally we thought we wouldn’t do Sassy Saturday this year, but now we’re hoping to have a really nice ladies’ day.”