ESCANABA - Very often, when considering making changes in a program, it's out with the old and in with the new.
Not so when Vickie Micheau and Sheila Krueger were put in charge of the 2013 Ladies Day program at the U.P. State Fair. The women decided to keep the original venue, which has been a mainstay with the program for a number of years, but add some new features that will have an even greater appeal to attract women who have never attended the annual event. In addition, the Ladies Day program has been extended from its original 10 a.m. starting time and will conclude about 6:30 p.m.
Ladies Day is Friday at the U.P. State Fair.
"We're still going to keep the coffee and donuts as the women come in. And we're keeping the cookbook and the goodie bags from OSF, and rocking chair from E&E Furniture," said Krueger. "And we're still going to have a baking competition, but this year we're doing it a little different."
In previous years, the cooking/baking competition consisted of breads, main dishes, salads, and desserts and all were judged during the three-hour Ladies Day program. Although there will still be four categories, they have been reclassified as breakfast, lunch, dinner and all other and their placement and judging will be spread over an eight-hour period.
Breakfast entries will be presented from 10-11 a.m. and judged immediately after. Lunch entries will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. with judging to follow. Entries for dinner will be accepted from 3-4 p.m., and all other from 5-6.
"The announcement of the winners won't be at the same time as in previous years," Krueger explained. "The winners will be announced at the end of each individual competition."
But, ladies, don't feel you have to sit around and wait for the assortment of drawings that will still be available as in past years. Krueger said there will be an impressive number of programs and guest speakers that will take to the stage during the event.
Traci Debaker will start off the program at 10:30 with a presentation entitled "Women in Business - Struggles and Triumphs." At 11:30, Kim Johnson and Pamela Balentine Ph.D. with Gray Matters will speak about "Stress in Women and Its Effects on the Body and How to Effectively Manage It."
To start off the afternoon slate of speakers at 12:30, Dr. Melissa Vandermissen will speak about nutrition, exercise, chemicals in women's cosmetics and products, and spinal health. From 1-2, the ladies will be encouraged to attend two health fairs that will be offered under the grandstand and reset for the remainder of afternoon activities.
Booths will be available from 2-6:30 p.m. and the ladies will have the opportunity to sample ice cream, complements of Debaker Farm, and there will be wine and beer tastings as well. The tastings will include Robert Mondavi Private Selection of Pinot Grigio, Barefoot Cellars' REFRESH Crisp White, Redwood Creek's Red Blend, and Chateau Grand Traverse and its Lake Harvest Riesling.
Other activities include two Tastefully Simple demonstrations, one at 2:30 and the second at 4:30, "It Works" demonstration at 3:30, and a fashion show, which begins at 5:30, will round out the day's events.
In addition to holding the Ladies Day program on a Friday for the first time, Krueger said the winner of the E&E rocking chair drawing doesn't have to be present to win.
"Anyone who attends throughout the day, has a chance," she said.
Although this year's changes might take a little getting used to, Krueger said she and her committee are hopeful that the changes and additions will make the day even more enjoyable than in the past.
"When we started this, our committee was asked, 'What would you like to do in an afternoon at the fair?' and this is the result," Krueger said. "Whether the ladies can stay for the entire day or only a few hours, we feel there's something for everyone to enjoy."