Shocker pride contest, dog fashion show new at Women’s Fair

Mia, a beagle-Lab mix, will take part in the doggie fashion show at the Women’s Fair.
Mia, a beagle-Lab mix, will take part in the doggie fashion show at the Women’s Fair. Courtesy photo

Creating an event that appeals to women of all ages isn’t an easy task, but each year business partners Deanna Wheeler and Chris Brown deliver on that challenge with the Women’s Fair.

“It’s just a fun day out,” Wheeler says. “Everyone can enjoy it whether you go with your coworker, your friend or your daughter.”

About 15,000 attendees are expected at the 18th annual Women’s Fair at Century II this weekend. The event will feature around 204 exhibitors showcasing everything from fashion, fitness, decor to cooking. This year, Wheeler is excited to add three new events including a dog fashion show, Shocker pride contest and a country music sing-off.

Hands of Hope Rescue, a nonprofit based in Great Bend, will be bringing 10 dogs to participate in the Doggie Fashion Show at noon Saturday. All Paws Pet Center will provide the wardrobe for the dogs to model in four categories – “Born to Be Wild,” “Evening Apparel,” “Shake Your Booties” and “Spring Fashion.”

All dogs in the show will be small dogs less than 30 pounds, says show coordinator Rachelle Richardson.

“Five or six of the dogs will be puppies under 20 weeks,” Richardson says. “I’m sure they’ll be very popular.”

Four audience members will be randomly selected to serve as judges. Each judge will receive a $25 gift certificate to All Paws Pet Center. Hands of Hope will have a booth throughout the weekend that will accept adoption applications, including applications for the dogs participating in the show. Radio personality Carol Hughes will serve as emcee of the fashion show.

If you’re in the mood for a little competition, you can enter Saturday’s Shocker Pride contest. Contestants are encouraged to strut their stuff in their most fashionable or outrageous Wichita State outfit. The contest is at 2 p.m.

“Over the years, I’ve seen so many women put together very fashionable Shocker outfits,” Wheeler says. “We’re looking forward to seeing contestants walk the stage with their Shocker gear.”

Country music fans will get to test their song knowledge in the Country Sing-off at noon Sunday. Contestants will be challenged to finish the lyrics correctly to a popular country song. Interested participants for the Shocker Pride and Country Sing-off contests can register at the iHeartRadio booth at the fair or http://channel963.iheart.com and http://1021thebull.iheart.com.

Attendees can also expect the usual array of retail booths, cooking presentations, fitness classes, hair-styling demonstrations, and motivational speakers throughout the weekend. Go to www.womensfair.com for the complete schedule.

While there’s plenty of fun and fashion, Wheeler says there are other informational and educational opportunities pertinent to women.

“We try to bring in products and services that will make your life easier,” Wheeler says. “From house cleaning to insurance – it’s all under one roof.”

Women’s Fair

When: noon-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Century II Expo Hall, 225 W. Douglas

Admission: $8.75; $7.75 seniors; $5.75 ages 6-12; ages 5-under free; wichitatix.com or at the door

Information: www.womensfair.com