By Linda Scherer
WINSTED, MN It’s time for the seventh annual Winsted Women’s Expo sponsored by the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce and Bryan’s Service of Winsted.
Last year’s expo attracted more than 400 people of all ages. This year’s event promises to be just as successful, with more than 70 vendors offering a variety of products and services.
The event is set for Saturday, April 25 at the Blue Note in Winsted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with door prizes being given away all morning.
Admission for the event is free, but those attending are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for the McLeod County Food Shelf.
New expo sponsor Bryan’s Service, which will be celebrating 75 years of service to the Winsted area in May 2010, is providing expo attendees with goody bags to fill with all of their expo items, and will include coupons and information on specials.
Bryan’s Service will also be selling its popular Insider’s Car Care Club membership card at a significant discount.
Club members have access to over $400 in savings on car maintenance and services.
“The expo is a lot of fun and a great way to kick off spring,” Winsted Women’s Expo committee member Julie Guggemos said.
“There is something for all ages. This is a destination event,” Guggemos said. “People mark it on their calendars as something they are going to do.”
Guggemos listed just a few of the new vendors the committee is excited to have this year.
Lillians, owned by Molly Millerbernd in Mankato; Crow River Harley; a handyman helper booth; and the Winsted Farmers Market will have items available for sale.
“Not everybody that comes knows that they can buy things. This is not just an expo, but a market,” Guggemos said.
Road House Coffee Shop in Winsted, owned by Debbie Olson and Lisa Bayerl, will have bakery samples at their booth, along with full-sized bakery items and beverages for sale. The Road House will also hold a drawing for a $20 gift certificate at its booth.
Guggemos highlighted some returning vendors.
“Stop by the Curves booth and ask about the silver sneakers free membership program that has been a hit,” Guggemos said.
Winsted Hardware will be back again.
“They are a real popular booth and always have a fabulous assortment,” Guggemos said. “With spring coming up, gardening is on everybody’s mind, and she will have plants there available for sale, and some beautiful locally-made shepherd hooks to put planters and other decorative items on.”
Party decorators Bob Kegler and Tom Specken will be returning, too.
“They decorate the Blue Note for the expo, but they do more than just wedding decorating, and they decorate more than just the Blue Note,” Guggemos said. “They do a variety of venues at a variety of locations.”
Vendors for everything needed to plan a successful wedding, including photography, catering and floral, will be available at the expo.
Some services to be provided during the morning will be chiropractic, physical therapists, relaxing massage, and foot care.
Nonprofit organizations to be represented at the expo are Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon and Alateen; and McLeod County Alliance for Victims of Domestic Violence.
McLeod County Veterans Affairs officer Jim Lauser will be available to answer questions veterans might have or to discuss problems they might be encountering.
For more information on the expo, go to www.winstedchamber.com.
Winsted Women’s Expo Committee members are Sarah Fasching, Julie Guggemos, Erin Kutz, Jennifer Stratton, and Lyn Zeppelin.