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Women urged to ‘indulge’ at upcoming fall fair


Citing a need for some “self-nurturing” among district women, Devlin resident Judy McCoy will launch the inaugural “Woman’s Fall Fair” here Saturday.

Slated to kick off at 12:30 p.m. in the Red Dog Inn ballroom, the four-hour event--billed as “Fun, friends, entertainment, and information”--will offer women access to various area businesses and services geared specifically towards them.

“A lot of women in the district need an afternoon out,” said McCoy. “And when it’s all over, I want them to go home feeling they’ve been pampered.”

In organizing the fall fair, McCoy called in some “hands-on” specialists, including Karla Ryan of the Fort Frances Remedial Therapy Clinic, as well as a manicurist and a make-up artist--all of whom will be part of the pampering services.

McCoy said women also can look forward to sitting in on various presentations. “The worst thing that could happen is that women will go away with information about products and services in the district,” she noted.

Also on hand to provide information will be representatives from Door of Hope Counselling and Investors Group, with financial advisor Wanda Botsford scheduled to speak on the topic of “Women and Finances.”

“I will be speaking on issues often asked of me by women,” said Botsford, such as “How do I get my financial house in order?” “How do I start investing?” and “Do I need a lot of money?”

“Women are becoming smarter about their finances, and more and more are realizing the responsibility for their lifetime financial security is in their own hands,” said Botsford.

“Seeking financial advice is as important as seeing a dentist about a toothache,” she stressed. “They can help determine where to start [investing]--and you can start small, sometimes with only $50-$100 a month.”

A number of door prizes, donated by businesses in Fort Frances, also will be up for grabs during the afternoon event.

Admission to the “Woman’s Fall Fair” is $2, with proceeds going towards paying for the event. Any surplus will be donated to the local Salvation Army.

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