The sixth annual event hosted 80 booths filled with services and products catering to women. Karon Mauney, owner and coordinator of NGWE, said, “This is our first year we have had no rain on the day of the event. We are thrilled to have such a beautiful day for our expo. This year we had 30 new exhibitors at the event but we also have exhibitors who have been with us since it began in 2009. Today we hope to have around 1,000 women and men from the area to come. There has been a steady flow of visitors; it looks like we have had over 600 people come through and we still have quite a while to go today. The event is geared to showcase products and services that can help women. We have booths that focus on weight loss, looking beautful and whatever they have need of in their life.”
The exhibitors covered a wide range of topics. Many booths were dedicated to women’s health issues and offered attendees information. Others were filled with jewelry and women’s apparel. One exhibitor offered a unique product. Tammy Jensen of Stunning Ladies LLC sold stun guns and self-defense items. Jensen said, “I was attacked back in 1984 and I started carrying a firearm at that time. When my daughter reached a certain age, I became very protective of her and looked for something she could carry to defend herself. I came across stun guns and I have been in the business now for six years now. I feel this is important because if I can’t convince a woman to carry a firearm, I can convince her to have a stun gun or mace or one of our key chains. Something is better than nothing. I want to make sure that woman are not victims and stay empowered. I do a lot of speaking to women at different clubs to encourage them to think about their own safety.”
WellStar Health Services also was on hand offering free biometric screenings. The test, which was complete within approximately 10 minutes, checked blood sugar, cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Women with unsafe or borderline levels were encouraged to see their physician to learn about possible treatments.
Cathy Weeks came with her daughter for the second year in a row. “I love that this is all about women. It was fun and very informative. I believe it’s important for women to take some time for themselves and focus on things that matter to them.”
Jensen said she is excited about the event’s success and feels if it continues in the future, the event may span two days instead of just one. “We have had questions about extending the event to Sunday as well. We will see how the sponsors feel about the idea of doing that in the future but for now it will remain a one-day event.”