WORTHINGTON — The Globe has made an annual tradition out of hosting an early spring Women’s Expo event, and that custom will continue this year.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a change in the way this year’s Expo is being presented, it’s still anticipated to be a great day filled with valuable indoors and appealing merchandise from vendors. The Globe’s Virtual Women’s Expo Health & Home Show is scheduled for Saturday, April 17, with times set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Globe Advertising Manager Roberta Fultz has had a significant part in coordinating how the virtual event will work on all fronts.
“Up on top of the page for the Expo, that’s where the sessions will happen,” said Fultz of the informative classes and entertainment that have been a yearly part of the event. “Since it’s virtual, there will be no limit to this time to the number of people that will be able to attend a season.”
Underneath the session portion of the page, each vendor will have its own virtual “booth” represented in a tile that will allow them to show off products or services. Vendors will be able to show videos while also having the ability to video-connect live with Expo attendees.
“It’s also nice that there’s no admittance fee for this year’s Expo, and we’re able to offer this to our vendors for half the usual price,” Fultz said.
Anyone who attends the Expo may sign up to win this year’s major prizes. A diamond necklace and earrings from Johnson Jewelry carries a value in excess of $1,800, while Fareway Meat & Grocery is providing a $500 gift certificate to a lucky winner.
There will also be goody bags as in expos past, but naturally those will work a bit differently.
“The goody bags will only be available for pre-registered attendees, and they’ll pick up the bag at The Globe rather than going from booth to booth at the event,” she said.
Title sponsors for this year’s Expo are Avera Access Family Medical Center and Sanford Worthington, each of which will also present online sessions during the virtual event.
“They really made this event possible, and they’re excited to share and introduce their doctors to the community, Fultz added.
Both Sanford Worthington and Avera Access will allow attendees to their sessions to ask follow-up questions online. Other Expo sessions included an interior designer as well as a possible cooking show and wine-tasting program.
Fultz is excited about the opportunity the Expo is giving its vendors to both sell goods and promote themselves in what for some may be a new way.
“We can produce video for them and online content for any of our vendors who may not be so experienced in the online world,” she said. “It’s difficult for small businesses to compete with large corporations on a digital marketplace. This is a way to get their foot in the door, and I’m excited about that.”
Expo-goers who wish to pre-register can do so here.