What Women Want Expo \'a Magic Event\' For Vendors And Attendees Alike

What Women Want Comedy Night takes place Friday, Oct. 13, in the Montana ExpoPark Exhibition Hall.(Photo: TRIBUNE PHOTO/RION SANDERS)Buy Photo

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Shopping, laughing and eating. What do these things have in common? They're all major parts of the annual Great Falls Tribune's What Women Want Expo Oct. 13-14 at the Pacific Steel and Recycling Four Seasons Arena.

The Expo brings more than 250 vendors to Great Falls for a weekend of health information, pampering and deals on merchandise and services.

What Women Want has grown into the largest exposition of its kind in Montana, drawing thousands of visitors from across the state and Canada.

Since it began, a comedy night was added. This year’s headlining funny lady is popular standup comic and actress Caroline Rhea with opener Candice Thompson, a comic quickly rising on the national stage, on Friday, Oct. 13.

According to publisher Jim Strauss, the Great Falls Tribune has been investing more each year into the talent for comedy night, drawing a solid headliner and an up-and-coming opening act.

This year’s What Women Want Fun Run is shifted to the weekend following the Expo. It begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, in West Bank Park.

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Members of the Illusion Dance Company take part in the Access Fitness Turbo Kick demonstration during the What Women Want Expo. (Photo: TRIBUNE PHOTO/RION SANDERS)

“The fun run is a popular event, but so is our comedy night,” said Strauss. “Some (attendees) said after an evening of wine and chocolate, getting up for the fun run is a little challenging.”

This year’s event features more vendors than any other What Women Want Expo, as well as a record number of new vendors with everything from food and clothing to finance, home decor and beyond.

“We’ve never sold out this quickly,” Strauss said. “The vendors are always pumped. They’re trying to put a lot of creativity into their booths.”

While you’re at What Women Want, don’t forget to check out the many demonstrations and presentations taking place throughout the expo on the What Women Want Interactive Stage. The stage events change every half hour, with everything from exercise demos to fashion shows.

Montana ExpoPark provides concessions throughout What Women Want, and Great Falls Tribune will be on hand with chocolate treats. The proceeds from those sales go toward the Women Against Breast Cancer organization.

“It’s really a magic event,” said Strauss.

WHAT WOMEN WANT EXPO

www.greatfallstribune.com/whatwomenwant

Oct. 13: Noon to 7 p.m.

Oct. 14: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $5 for both days

Where: Pacific Steel and Recycling Four Seasons Arena

COMEDY NIGHT

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13

Where: Montana ExpoPark Exhibition Hall

Cost: $25 in advance; $30 at the door (includes two-day expo admission)

Tickets: www.greatfallsinformation.com/womensexpo

FUN RUN

When: 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21

Where: West Bank Park

Cost: $25; $30 after Oct. 14

Online Registration: www.whatwomenwantfunrun.com