If the Chattanooga Convention Center seems to be on estrogen overload this weekend, blame it on She: An Expo for Women.
The annual event, which is presented by the Times Free Press, returns Saturday and Sunday, July 27-28, with 150 vendor booths, fashion shows, cooking demonstrations and appearances by a half-dozen celebrities among its attractions.
Highlighting Saturday's schedule is the matriarch of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" brood, "Miss Kay" Robertson, plus sisters Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie LaMontagne, stars of the TLC series "DC Cupcakes."
Sunday offers a trio of talents representing reality television, a soap opera and a talk show: Caroline Manzo of "Real Housewives of New Jersey," Deidre Hall of "Days of Our Lives" and Dr. Travis Stork of "The Doctors."
Described as "the ultimate girls weekend out," the She expo also features health screenings, beauty products and services, food sampling, health and nutrition products and various forms of pampering for girls of all ages.
Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets, which grant admission both days, are $12 online and $15 at the door for adults, $7 for children 5-12 (online or at the door).
A limited number of VIP tickets are available for "Duck Dynasty's" Robertson. Priced at $100, they grant event admission both days, a meet-and-greet with photo and autograph opportunity and reserved priority seating for her onstage demonstration.
IF YOU GO
What: She: An Expo for Women
When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, July 27; noon-6 p.m. Sunday, July 28
Where: Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza
Admission: $12 online, $15 at door. Limited VIP tickets available
SATURDAY, JULY 27
Presented by Komen for the Cure and featuring breast cancer survivors, 12:30 p.m., Memorial Stage.
To participate, you must register by Friday, July 26, at www.timesfreepress.com/she (click on Cupcake Contest).
Each participant may enter up to three times and must bring two cupcakes per entry. Cupcakes will be judged on taste, design and creativity.
You must register on-site between noon and 12:45 p.m. Saturday.
Judging will begin at 1 p.m., and the winners will be announced at 2 p.m.
The winner receives a year's supply of cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake, the cupcakery featured in "DC Cupcakes" on TLC.
• Baking demonstration, 1 p.m.
• Book signing, 2 p.m.
Inspired by their grandmother, sisters Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne traded careers in fashion and venture capital to follow their passion for baking, opening Georgetown Cupcake in Washington, D.C., in 2008 and signing on to TLC's "DC Cupcakes" in 2010. They now have five additional locations, and another planned for Buckhead Atlanta.
"Miss Kay" Robertson
• "Faith.Family.Ducks" presentation, 4 p.m., Memorial Stage
The heart of the "Duck Dynasty" clan uses her gentle ways and home-cooked meals to keep the bearded Robertson men in line. Each episode of their reality TV series ends with the family gathered around the table, saying grace, then digging in. Her cookbook, "Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen: Faith, Family and Food -- Bringing Our Home to Your Table" is set for release in November.
Relish cooking show
- 5 p.m., Memorial Stage
As director, chef Brian Morris travels with the Relish cooking show 12 months out of the year. Each Tuesday, he can be found on the Relish Facebook page as the "Chef in Your Pocket," answering questions and sometimes posting impromptu videos. For She, he will offer his "Back to Basics" cooking techniques.
SUNDAY, JULY 28
Presented by Komen for the Cure and featuring breast cancer survivors, 1 p.m., Memorial Stage.
• Book signing, 12:30 p.m.
• "Let Me Tell You Something" presentation, 1:30 p.m., Memorial Stage
This "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star makes family a priority. She and her husband of 28 years, Albert, have three adult children. In addition to running the household, she makes time for several charities, including a foundation dedicated to stopping child trafficking and another that helps cancer survivors. Other causes close to her heart are the Wounded Warriors Project, Best Friends Animal Society and a New Jersey school that educates children with physical and mental disabilities.
• Fan photos/book signing, 2:45 p.m., Memorial Stage
She is known by millions of fans as Dr. Marlena Evans, the character she originated on "Days of Our Lives" in 1976. Her community-service projects include "DOTL" calendars and cookbooks, sales of which funneled proceeds to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. She more recently has created watercolor paintings to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. She has written two books: "Deidre Hall's Kitchen Close-Up," offering nutrition tips for those struggling with heart disease, diabetes and obesity, and "How Does She Do It? A Beauty Book," offering tips and tricks from a lifetime in the limelight.
Dr. Travis Stork
• 4 p.m., Memorial Stage
This emergency room physician may be best known for his hosting duties on the Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show "The Doctors." He also writes guest columns for Men's Health magazine and is the best-selling author of "The Lean Belly Prescription" and "The Doctor Is In: A 7-Step Prescription for Optimal Wellness." He completed his emergency medicine residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and has served there as a faculty physician. He also was featured on Season 8 of "The Bachelor."
Relish cooking show
• 5 p.m. Memorial Stage
Learn more "Back to Basics" cooking techniques from Relish chef Brian Morris. The show brings to life the recipes and stories featured in the cooking magazine, which is included in the Times Free Press on the first Wednesday of each month.
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