Cabarrus County Fair, Southern Women’s Show this week

The Cabarrus County Fair is this week at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center off N.C. 49 between Concord and Mount Pleasant. The fair runs through Saturday, Sept. 13.

The fair is open from 4 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10;  3 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11;  4 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12; and 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. Get all the details at Cabarrus County Fair dot com

The Southern Women’s Show

The Southern Women’s Show runs Thursday, Sept. 11, through Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

“We’ll showcase the latest fashion trends and demonstrate how women can adapt expensive runway looks and make them work – at an affordable price,” said Tish Atkins, executive show manager. “But it’s not just about your wardrobe. Our definition of style includes lifestyle, and we’ve got plenty of lifestyle gurus on hand to entertain and delight our guests.”

Fashion. “We’re excited to introduce guests to Ashley Deramus, a 30-year-old clothing designer with Down syndrome,” continued Atkins. Deramus, an Alabama native, started The Ashley Deramus Foundation, which is dedicated to the education and  advancement of children and adults with Down syndrome. The activist and fashion designer tells people, “Don’t tell me what I can’t do. Let me show you what I can do.” Deramus has spoken on Capitol Hill, at the United Nations and universities. She will host a live fashion show, Special Designs for Special People, on Thursday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. Some of the runway models will have Down syndrome and other special needs.

Friday, Sept. 12 will be an exciting evening on the fashion stage.  The Concord Mills Fashion Show, “Great Looks at a Great Value” begins at 6 p.m. It’s followed at 7 p.m. with the popular 14th Annual Firefighter Fashion Show. (The firefighters are back on Saturday at 5 p.m.)

And there’s much more. Apricot Lane presents “Fall Must Haves” on Friday, Sept. 12 at noon, the Junior League of Charlotte presents “The Thrill of the Hunt: Fabulous Fashion Finds from the JLC Wearhouse” on Saturday, Sept. 13 at noon and 4 p.m. and Dillard’s of SouthPark presents “Awesome Autumn Styles” on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Dogs get their day on Sunday, Sept. 14 during The Fabulous Fido Fashion Show at 10:30 a.m.

Lifestyle and romance. Matchmaker and relationship coach Julie Wadley will appear on stage Friday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. to speak about “Bringing Love to Life.”

After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2002 and working in corporate America, Wadley realized she was unfulfilled. Ultimately, she decided she needed to combine her love of helping people with her career aspirations. Having been happily married for more than 15 years, it felt like a natural fit to help bring good people together for keeps. Her business, Eli Simone, was born.

Food and wine. The culinary arts are always a favorite feature of the show. Francine Bryson, a mom, homemaker and self-proclaimed “redneck,” has won more than 200 local and national baking competitions and was a runner-up on CBS’s The American Baking Competition. She’ll be at the show on Friday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Her new cookbook, Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen,will also be available.

The Beef Checkoff will offer beef recipes, hands-on activities and daily cooking classes. Chefs will share tips for preparing beef in everything from a slow cooker to the grill at the football tailgate. Demos will include delicious and healthy beef recipes including Cali-Avocado Steak Salad, Tzatziki-Sauced Greek Steak Wraps and Apricot Teriyaki Beef Stir-Fry.

Taste the delightfully refreshing wines at the Turning Leaf Refresh exhibit. Fizzy, fruity and proud to be the Official wine of the Southern Women’s Show.

Fun. There will be plenty of entertainment at the show. The Love and Faith Christian Fellowship Mass Choir from Greensboro, N.C. will perform on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Find more details here: Southern Women’s Show

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