Beaver Dam Women’s Expo returns for ninth year: Event offers something for males and females alike

October 9, 2018

Carol Trentham, front left, and Cherie Witkowski, back, sign up for a giveaway while Julie Sena of Beaver Dam's Womens Health answers their questions at the 2017 Dodge County Women's Expo.

The annual day dedicated to women, the Daily Citizen Women’s Expo, will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Nancy’s Notions Event Warehouse, 333 Beichl Ave.

Fun is promised for everyone who attends.

“It’s an opportunity to enjoy a fun day out,” said one of the event’s organizers and Daily Citizen Account Executive Susie Heuer. “Everyone (males included) can spend quality time with friends as they browse the exhibits. Everyone can ask exhibitors questions, see demonstrations and try samples in a friendly environment.”

Area residents respond in droves.

“There have been other women’s events but not on this scale,” said Daily Citizen Advertising Director Scott Zeineman. “Every single year we have more than 1,000 people attending. We at the Citizen are connected to great sponsors and vendors. The designed purpose of it is to have fun, and that’s what we bring to the table.”

The event is organized and hosted by the Daily Citizen in conjunction with Beaver Dam Community Hospital, McKinstry’s Home Furnishings, Beaver Dam Women’s Health and Summit Credit Union.

A $5 donation is encouraged at the door, with it and all other proceeds benefiting the Beaver Dam Relay for Life. Last year nearly $4,400 from the event was donated to the cause.

“For years we’ve supported the Relay for Life, and that has been a particularly good fit,” said Zeineman. “Obviously the more money we raise for them the better.”

“Everybody at some point in their lives has been affected by cancer, or has fought cancer,” said organizer/Daily Citizen Account Executive Beth Krebs. “It’s a very deserving charity and we’re happy to help them do what they do.”

This is the ninth year of the event, which has gotten bigger and bigger with each passing year. Each year it offers food, shopping, drawings, wine tasting and opportunities to connect with area businesses and services.

“All of our 55-plus vendor spaces are sold out,” said Zeineman. “There will be lots of different things for everyone to see and do.”

Zeineman indicated that vendors will be selling a wide variety of merchandise, and some of them will have drawings of their own.

An additional attraction is a wine-tasting from 4 to 7 p.m. This year there will be more than 45 wines, with 14 varieties to choose from.

“There are different wines every year,” said Krebs. “We’ve got plenty of reds, whites. There are both dry and sweet wines to choose from so you can sample what you know you’ll like, or try something new.”

A sampling of hard ciders will also be offered. Tickets to sample with be sold for $1 each, also available in blocks of $5, $10 and $15. Food pairings will be offered with some of the wines, with food sold separately by Relay for Life volunteers.

There will be some free food samples as well.

Another feature is the Donate for Life Drawing, with themed baskets and a wide variety of other prizes. Basket themes include “A Night on the Town,” “Game Day” “Coffee Tasting,” “Pamper Yourself” and many more. Tickets, at three for $5 or eight for $10, may be purchased for the drawings.

A stupendous door prize is a two-piece sectional sofa, valued at $2,100, donated by McKinstry’s Home Furnishings. Each person will be given a free ticket when he/she enters the building.

A special section with a vendor list, a vendor map and other details will be included in the Oct. 15 edition of the Daily Citizen and its shoppers.

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