Women’s expo draws weekend crowds
Thousands of women— and a few men — got a lesson in women’s health and wellbeing while indulging in some sweet treats and pampering over the weekend.
At least 9000 women turned out for the 2017 Women’s Lifestyle Expo at Palmerston North’s Central Energy Trust Arena.
They were met by more than 140 local and national exhibitors who had turned up to entice shoppers with something new or to spice up their look.
Organiser Renee Murray said the arena was packed on Saturday and the flow of people was steady on Sunday. ‘‘So we are very, very happy.’’ This year they had changed the layout of the event to try and allow more room and also got extra stalls in.
She would not know the total number of women who came through until this week, but guessed it was at least 9000.
Murray said even with online shopping available, women still wanted the hands-on shopping experience.
‘‘I think sometimes people like to talk to people face-to-face.’’
Expo attendee Amanda Jackson said the expo was ‘‘brilliant’’.
She attended every year and said this year was the best yet.
‘‘They have spaced it out really nicely.’’
Other years it had been con- gested, making it difficult to move around, but the change in layout this year made for a much better shopping experience, she said.
‘‘You can actually look at all the stalls and there are lots of dif- ferent stalls.’’
Jackson said the Taste Success meal plan stall was her favourite. It offered personally tailored meal plans, and there was a good variety of things to experience, taste and try.
There appeared to be an increase in health related stalls, which was was good to see, she said.
Alison Lawrence echoed Jack- son’s feedback, saying it was nice to see such a wide variety of stalls at the expo this year.
‘‘There’s a lot more here then what there has been and a lot more different stuff.’’
Melissa Frank and Renee Dingwall sample Bio Farm milk with James Tait-Jamieson during the Women’s Lifestyle Expo at the weekend.