WORTHINGTON - As has been the case since the very first Women’s Expo coordinated by The Globe, Saturday’s event will feature a wide variety of vendors, a mix of health-related seminars, wine tastings, prize packages and much more.


The 2018 Expo, though, will have a new look in many ways. With multiple new presenters, along with the addition of a Worthington Retailers Showcase to the schedule, there promises to be plenty to attract both repeat visitors and first-time attendees.


The Women’s Expo - sponsored by Avera Medical Group Worthington, Minnesota West Community & Technical College and Sanford Worthington - will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Minnesota West. Visitors to the Expo are invited to come early and take in all the event has to offer.


“We have a wide variety of exhibitors that we feel will please everyone,” said Joni Harms, publisher of The Globe. “We feel as though just about every category will be represented throughout all the booths.”  


A complete listing of all the Women’s Expo booths is available at dglobe.com.


One of the new presentations on the Expo agenda will be “Jazz & Blues,” featuring the music of Dr. Howard Leibowitz, MD and Dr. Gerardo P. Lantoria, MD, both of Avera Medical Group Worthington. The two are scheduled to begin performing at 10:30 a.m.


Also new to the slate is the retailers showcase, which is being coordinated by Robyn Moser, who owns The Stag Clothiers in Worthington.


“There will be plenty of great spring ideas in clothing and home decor,” Moser said. “Our displays will represent businesses throughout Worthington, and we’re looking forward to seeing people enjoy and learn about some of the shopping that our community has to offer.


“A lot of the Chamber’s retail committee have worked to make this happen, as well as a lot of individuals with our businesses,” Moser added. “We’re all working together to make this Women’s Expo a great event.”


Following the retailers showcase, first-time Women’s Expo presenter Shalynn Anderson of The Beach House in Sibley, Iowa will give the seminar “Fresh Eats - Quick Swaps for Gourmet On the Go!” beginning at 12:45 p.m.


Following Anderson’s presentation is the 1:45 p.m. seminar “DIY Spring Decor & How to Decorate with It,” which will be given by Kristy Vander Ziel of Farmhouse Market in Leota. Vander Ziel and her husband, Phil, specialize in vintage charm for both farms and homes, and can be spotted at both makers’ markets around the tri-state region and occasional sales at their Leota residence.


“Every year we’ve hosted our own Sue Doeden to put on a couple of cooking seminars,” Harms said. “Unfortunately Sue is unable to attend, but we are so excited to have The Beach House & The Farmhouse Market presentations. Everyone loves food, and everyone loves DIY projects.  We can’t wait to see what they both have to offer.”


Also on the seminars schedule are:


  • “Keeping You Healthy One Screening at a Time,” 9 a.m., Michelle Kutzke, CNP, WHNP. Sponsored by Sanford Worthington.


  • “3D Mammography with a Personalized Touch,” 9:45 a.m., Kelsey Shea, RT(R)(M)(CT)(BD). Sponsored by Sanford Worthington.


  • 11th annual Wine Tasting Event, 3 p.m., presented by Worthington Liquor Store. Sponsored by Avera Medical Group Worthington.


  • Door Prize Drawings, 3:30 p.m. with prizes from Johnson Jewelry, Worthington Area YMCA, Slumberland and Fareway.


Additionally, approximately 49 vendors will have booths at the Expo, and food sold by Worthington’s Noon Kiwanis Club will be available for purchase.


“We are so excited to help present this fun, informative event to our community,” Harms said.  “Grab your friends and spend the day - I guarantee you will not be disappointed!”


Advance tickets for Saturday’s Women’s Expo are available at The Globe, Fareway, Minnesota West, Sanford Worthington Clinic and Worthington Regional Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop.