2013 WOMEN TODAY EXPO CONTINUES TRADITION OF SHOPPING, ENTERTAINMENT AND THE ULTIMATE “DAY-OUT” EXPERIENCE FOR EAST TENNESSEE WOMEN


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2013

For further information,
Contact: Nicole Taylor
Event Coordinator
(p) 865-342-6855
taylorn@knoxnews.com

The 19th annual Knoxville News Sentinel Women Today expo returns to the Knoxville Convention Center on March 1-3, 2013. Recognized as a top 20 event in the Southeast, this three-day expo is the largest show for women in East Tennessee, and truly celebrates all aspects of a woman’s life. With exciting exhibitors, trendy fashion shows, cooking demonstrations and informative seminars, Women Today has something for every woman. Attendees will be entertained by celebrity guests, get the chance to enter to win exciting door prizes, and shop a variety of vendors for new products and great ideas for home, work and family.

“The Women Today expo is a fun and informative event focused on celebrating women, their friends and their family,” said Angie Howell, marketing manager at the Knoxville News Sentinel. “It gives all of our attendees the opportunity to shop, relax, find new interests, connect with our special guests and simply have fun. We are excited to bring in new vendors and new aspects in 2013 that we think will help enhance the overall experience for each of our Women Today attendees.”

Attendees can enjoy presentations covering topics ranging from beauty and fashion to health and cuisine on three interactive stages. The What Women Want Stage will feature trendy fashion shows, informative seminars and special appearances by our 2013 celebrity guests. Dr. Lori, award-winning TV personality and host from Discovery Channel’s Auction Kings, will kick-off the weekend with her funny and frank appraisal show on Friday at the What Women Want Stage.

Also appearing at the What Women Want stage are NBC’s The Biggest Loser contestants and sisters Olivia Ward and Hannah Curlee. The sisters will share their amazing weight loss journey on Saturday and Sunday at Women Today. Guests will also enjoy Spring Fashion Shows throughout the weekend, presented by Fashion Sponsor Dillard’s. The popular and fan favorite Pet Fashion Show will also return in 2013, featuring adoptable pets from Small Breed Animal Rescue, presented by Enrichment Federal Credit Union.

Foodies and culinary enthusiasts alike can also enjoy the Food City Cooking School Stage, featuring mouth-watering cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend. Attendees can enjoy recipe tips from local favorites, including UT Culinary Institute, the News Sentinel’s Mary Constantine, Dead End BBQ and Tupelo Honey Cafe.

Celebrity Chef appearances include TLC’s Next Great Baker Heather Grubb, who returns in 2013 to share some of her sweet confections on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, guests can “Party with Martie” when Food Network Star’s Martie Duncan cooks up easy and affordable dishes for entertaining at home. NBC’s The Biggest Loser contestants Olivia Ward and Hannah Curlee will also appear on the Food City Cooking School Stage on Saturday to share one of their favorite healthy and easy recipes. The Cooking School Stage will also feature top-of-the-line appliances from appliance sponsor Pattersons Appliances.

The Conversation Stage returns in 2013, providing attendees the opportunity to learn first-hand about the latest in women’s health and wellness from Covenant Health’s medical experts. In addition to health and wellness tips, guests can also enjoy home décor presentations from Pottery Barn! With three interactive stages and celebrity presentations throughout the weekend, there is no shortage of activity at the 2013 Women Today expo, especially with the addition of the new
‘Make-n-Take’ craft area on Friday and Saturday and the return of the Summer Camp Fair on Sunday, March 3. Attendees can make a special craft in the Make-n-Take area for a $5 donation, with proceeds to benefit the Small Breed Animal Rescue.

Early Bird Women Today attendees will receive a complimentary tote bag, brought to you by Tanger Outlets, with coupons and samples from select vendors and sponsors. All guests can also enter to win great door prizes by participating in the Women Today Connect the Dots scavenger hunt program. With great prizes and show specials offered exclusively at Women Today, attendees can enjoy some additional “me” time with exhibitors, including Belk. Beauty & Style sponsor Belk returns in 2013 with the Belk Shopping Pavilion, offering attendees the chance to sample the latest trends and products in beauty and style.

Women Today attendees can also take advantage of new daily special admission offers in 2013. Friday is Senior Day – Seniors 65+ get in free; Saturday is Grab your Girlfriends Day with a special BOGO opportunity – buy one ticket, get one free. And, on Sunday, all moms have free admission as part of our Family Fun Day.
Women Today show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at a discounted rate of just $4.00 for adults (ages 13 and older), or at your local Food City retailer with your Food City ValuCard for $4.00.

Tickets are also available at the door at $8.00 for adults (ages 13-64) and $6.00 for seniors (ages 65+). Youth (ages 12 and under) receive free admission. Tickets are valid for all show days and feature a special offer from the 2013 ticket sponsor, H&R Block. A portion of ticket proceeds will go to benefit our charity partner, YWCA.

The 2013 News Sentinel Women Today expo is sponsored in part by Food City, Covenant Health, Pattersons Home Appliances, Tanger Outlets, Belk, H&R Block, Dillard’s, Enrichment Federal Credit Union, UT Culinary Institute, WBIR-TV and Star 102.1. Complete show details and ticket information are available at womentoday.com and inside the Knoxville News Sentinel.