JOPLIN, Mo. —
The first Four-State Women’s Fare is coming to Joplin this weekend.
Billed as “an educated show for educated women,” the two-day event will feature information and giveaways from a variety of local vendors, according to organizer Virginia Carroll.
“The overall goal is to provide services for women,” she said. “This is not a froufrou girl fair, although we will have some of that here. I think what I’m trying to do is address the concerns of women in this generation, to address their needs.”
Scheduled vendors range from jewelry makers, dog groomers and gardeners to officers with the Joplin Police Department, administrators with local hospice care organizations, and groups familiar with concealed-gun permits, Carroll said.
Giveaways and discounted offers will be available from several vendors, including Macadoodles, El Vaquero, Bob Evans, Mitchell’s Mobil 1 Lube Express, Richard Falkensten dentistry, Quizno’s, Rib Crib, The Joplin Globe, Smith Hearing, Rainbow Vacuums and Tropical Tans.
Trainers with Anytime Fitness will be available to conduct body-fat testing and measurements.
The first 2,500 people will receive a free $10 play card from Downstream Casino Resort. Furniture Factory Outlet will give away $500 in furniture.
“We’re saying this: If you don’t show up, you’re losing money,” Carroll said. “You get $10 free automatically, you get free food all day, and you get all these giveaways.”
Carroll said limited booth space was still available as of Friday morning.
If you go
THE FOUR-STATE WOMEN’S FARE will be staged from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Joplin Holiday Inn, 3615 S. Range Line Road. Admission is $10.