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More than 1,000 people expected to attend this year's Women's Expo

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WILLMAR -- The West Central Tribune is expecting more than 1,000 people to attend the 11th annual Women's Expo event Saturday.

A mild, sunny day is forecast Saturday for the Willmar area, said Kari Gislason, Tribune marketing director, and that always boosts attendance even more.

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Women's Expo features exhibits, seminars and entertainment. There are many prize drawings throughout the day as well. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the show continues until 3 p.m. at Kennedy Elementary School, 824 Seventh St. S.W., Willmar.

Use the main school entrance as the south doors will be locked. Gislason also recommends that people car pool if possible. Street parking is limited near the school, and the parking lot on the south side of the building fills up quickly.

Exhibitors will be in the main gymnasium, which also includes the marketplace shopping area. Several presentations will be on the stage in the main gym, and others will be in the band room and in the Little Theater.

Watch for signs to find your way, or ask for details at the Tribune's information booth staffed all day right inside the front doors of the school.

The food court will be in the Kennedy cafeteria, where Café Persepolis and Berry Kabobs will offer food for sale.

This year's featured entertainer is Stephanie Fisher Heiberg, who made her first appearance at the Women's Expo in 2009. A singer and recording artist who grew up in North Dakota, she has been performing since childhood.

She will take the stage at 12:30 p.m. Audience participation, personally tailored jingles and spine-tingling vocals add up to an event to remember.

The day will also include informative presentations on a variety of topics.

The Affiliated Community Medical Centers health seminar by Dr. Meghna Mansukhani will discuss the differences in sleep patterns between men and women and also sleep disorders in women during various life stages. It will begin at 10 a.m.

Ellie Otteson, certified professional coach with New U Vitality Center, will speak at 9:30 a.m. about achieving balance in daily lives. She has a background in counseling psychology and training as a life and wellness coach.

Creating a holiday centerpiece, as well as general decorating for the holiday, will be the topic at 2 p.m. when sisters Kristin Larson and Katie Larson, owners of On The Avenue boutique, share their tips.

The annual Women's Expo style show sponsored by the Kandi Mall is at 11 a.m.

West Central Tribune food columnist Sue Doeden again returns with her food demonstrations, sponsored by Cub Foods. She will present at 9:15 and 11:30 a.m.

At 2:30 p.m. a live auction, with auctioneer Kristine Fladeboe Duininck, will benefit Safe Avenues, which operates a Willmar shelter for victims of domestic violence and offers services to victims of sexual abuse. The auction is a new addition this year.

Advance tickets are $6 and available until 5 p.m. Thursday at Cub Foods, Cornerstone Coffee and the West Central Tribune. Tickets are $10 at the door.

For more information, visit www.wctrib.com or call 320-235-1150.

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