published Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Expo puts ladies first

Rhyan Simmons, right, and Jonathan Watson construct a fashion show stage at the She Expo in the Chattanooga Convention Center early Friday afternoon in preparation for this weekend's two day event.
Rhyan Simmons, right, and Jonathan Watson construct a fashion show stage at the She Expo in the Chattanooga Convention Center early Friday afternoon in preparation for this weekend's two day event.
Photo by Dan Henry.
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An appearance by reality-TV star Bethenny Frankel, formerly of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” and a Red Hot Firefighters Fashion Show will be featured today at the opening of She: An Expo for Women.

The two-day event at the Chattanooga Convention Center has attracted about 20,000 guests in the past two years and raised about $75,000 for the American Red Cross, according to the marketing department of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, which is producing the event.

The expo, which starts at 11 a.m. today and noon Sunday, includes lifestyle presentations geared toward women and celebrity talks.

Frankel, creator of the Skinny Girl Margarita, a 100-calorie cocktail, will appear at 3:30 p.m. today. The firefighters will take center stage at 5:45 p.m. today.

Sunday will feature a celebrity appearance by Martha Stewart, one of the nation’s leading voices on cooking, decorating and gardening. Stewart will appear at 2 p.m. on the Memorial Stage.

Tickets, good for both days, are $30 at the door.

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