Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 26, 2013

Women’s Expo offers the area’s best

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

CHARLESTON (AP) — An exposition offering health services, fitness techniques, crafts, kitchenware, food, jewelry, cars, social services, veterinary and pet services and more continues today at the Brushfork National Guard Armory.

The 2013 Women’s Expo opened Friday and opens today from 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Music played as visitors roamed aisles of vendors filling the ground floor and upper gallery of the armory. Kathy Kirk, who co-chairs the exposition with Tammy Radford for the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, said this year there are almost 100 vendors.

“We are completely sold out, yes,” she said.

This year, Bingo is the newest stage activity. Prizes are being provided by vendors. The first 100 people through the doors today will receive a free breakfast from Chick-fil-A, Kirk said.

 And this year’s guest speaker at the Women’s Expo Corporate Luncheon, Dreama Denver of the Denver Foundation, was a first-time visitor. Denver recently published a book, “Gilligan’s Dream: The Other Side of the Island,” about life with her husband, the late Bob Denver, who was famous for his role in the television show “Gilligan’s Island.”

Denver was getting ready to explore the vendors.

“It is my first expo. I talked about how women are the heart of the community, the family and the home,” she said, looking at the ground floor. “It looks beautiful in here. They did a fabulous job. It looks like the place to come to find out what is available in the community.”

Kirk thanked the expo’s volunteers for their work.

“It wouldn’t happen without a strong committee; and without the community’s support, this wouldn’t be happening,” she said.

Upstairs, Kia Hebb of Princeton was glad she could visit the Women’s Expo this year.

“We come just about every year. We didn’t get to come last year, so we were really excited to come back. There’s a lot of variety with what you get to see, and you get to network with people. My mom met someone from Gary she had not seen in years. You never know who you are going to see.”

Nancy Jo Varalli of Bramwell and Elsie Treolo of Princeton were entering another contest.

“It’s nice to see everything that’s in the area, and to visit with friends who run some of the places here,” Varalli said.

Vendors said the exposition was a good place to showcase their products and services.

“It seemed like a good place to get my work out,” said Norma Acord of Fairdale, who was selling her pottery. It is her first time at the Women’s Expo. At a nearby booth, another first-time vendor was presenting her pottery.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Jessica Lawrie of Bramwell, who has Lyrical Expressions. “I didn’t know what to expect. So far, it seems like a good turnout.”

Tickets can be purchased for at the expo for $5.