published Thursday, July 24th, 2014

She women's expo this weekend

She: An Expo for Women may not rise to the lofty levels of “She,” the Elvis Costello song that ends the movie “Notting Hill. Its lyrics, after all, assert “the meaning of my life is she.”

But it’s not overstating to say that this Times Free Press signature event for women strives for its own sigh-worthy state of contentment — one reached by gathering celebrity guests, vendors, food and female-centric activities into a single place for two days. The sixth annual event is scheduled Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Billed as “the ultimate girls weekend out,” the expo will feature more than 150 vendor booths offering products and services for family and home, with a special emphasis on giving the lady of the house a little “me” time.

The must-see events are the celebrity guests: Ree Drummond, aka “The Pioneer Woman” from Food Network, and Drew and Jonathan Scott, stars of HGTV’s “Property Brothers” and “Brother vs. Brother.”

Drummond will be on hand at 4 p.m. Saturday for a cooking demonstration and audience Q&A on the Memorial Stage. The Scott brothers will be available Sunday, posing for photos with fans from 2 to 3 p.m., then taking the stage at 3:30 p.m.

Also in the spotlight will be the latest fashions and accessories, beauty supplies, health screenings, fitness providers, health and nutrition ideas, cooking demonstrations and entertainment options.

Admission wristbands are good both days and are cheaper if purchased in advance online.

Contact Lisa Denton at ldenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6281.

IF YOU GO

What: She: An Expo for Women.

When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, July 26; noon-6 p.m. Sunday, July 27.

Where: Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St.

Admission: $12 online, $15 at the door adults; $7 children 5-12 (online or at the door); admission wristbands good both days.

Phone: 423-757-6914.

Website: www.timesfreepress.com/she.

PIE BAKING CONTEST

Professional and amateur cooks are invited to participate in She’s pie baking contest, but you must register today, July 24, to take part. Find the form at www.timesfreepress.com/she.

Top prize for each category is a Ree Drummond autographed cookbook and a VIP meet-and-greet. Two runners-up will receive a Ree Drummond autographed photo.

Pies will be judged using four criteria: overall taste; overall appearance; crust color, texture, doneness and flavor; and filling consistency, doneness and flavor.

Pies must be delivered between noon and 12:45 p.m. Judging will start at 1 p.m., with contestants present. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m.

FAST FACTS ABOUT REE DRUMMOND

■ Ree is a nickname. She was born Ann-Marie Smith.

■ She and husband Ladd Drummond, whom she calls “The Marlboro Man,” in her books and blog, were married on Sept. 21, 1996.

■ They have four children: Alex, Paige, Bryce and Todd.

■ She studied journalism before switching to gerontology at the University of Southern California, graduating in 1991.

■ She intended to go to law school in Chicago, but her plans changed when she met and married Ladd.

Source: imdb.com

FAST FACTS ABOUT DREW AND JONATHAN SCOTT

■ These identical twins were born in Vancouver, Canada.

■ Jonathan Silver Scott is the older twin.

■ Drew’s full name is Andrew Alfred Scott.

■ Older brother J.D. Scott does most of their writing on projects for their production company.

■ Drew played college basketball and has a record vertical jump of 43 inches.

■ Jonathan is an illusionist who one had a full-scale Vegas show.

Sources: imdb.com, screenpicks.com

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