Due to COVID-19 concerns, Northwest Georgia Women’s Expo & Artisans’ Market’s 12th year will be presented in 2021, not 2020. Originally set for March 28, the event was first rescheduled for Aug. 15 at the Clarence Brown Conference Center.
“The Bartow County Health Department continues to provide COVID-19 testing in the parking lot of the Clarence Brown Conference Center,” said Karon Mauney, owner and event coordinator of the Women’s Expo. “Due to the significant increase in testing during the month of July, I was advised that the event would not be able to take place in August. While many of the vendors were disappointed that we could not move forward with an August event, others were relieved and thankful for the delay.”
Normally held on the fourth Saturday in March, the event’s Facebook page shared the offering continues to showcase “products and services for women and their families.” Along with vendors catering to women’s beauty, health, fitness, finance, food, fashion and lifestyle, the expo also features complimentary health screenings, food and door prizes.
“Was it disappointing for me to postpone the event for a second time? Of course,” Mauney said. “This event is a small business. Most of our vendors are small businesses.
“While it is disappointing that the 12th-year event didn’t take place in March or August, we are all hopeful for an amazing event next spring. Hopefully by then, we will all be in a better place.”
The Women’s Expo started in 2009 as a fundraiser for the American Red Cross’ Bartow Service Center, when Mauney was the nonprofit’s financial development director. Even though the offering has evolved into a for-profit event, it continues to assist area charities.
“Most of the vendors who were scheduled to participate in March and then in August will be back next spring,” she said. “Everyone has been extremely understanding of all decisions made and look forward to promoting their products and services next spring. There will be over 80 vendors joining us on March 27, 2021.
“The purpose of the event is to promote products and services for women. It’s a wonderful opportunity for our vendors to meet face-to-face with their target audience. It’s also a wonderful time for our guests to learn about products and services in a very relaxed environment.”
Further details and updates on the expo and its vendors can be obtained by visiting the event’s Facebook page — Northwest Georgia Women’s Expo. Those who have already received complimentary tickets will be able to apply them to the rescheduled event that will be presented by Vein Specialists of Northwest Georgia and The Daily Tribune News.
“Good things happen at the Northwest Georgia Women’s Expo,” Mauney said. “I am thankful for our sponsors and vendors who make this a great community event and for the women — and men — who attend each year.
“2020 will go down as the year that we had to postpone the event twice due to COVID-19. That’s it. We will continue to move forward with this event next spring and look forward to seeing everyone on March 27, 2021.”