York County women soon will get a weekend to themselves for fun, fashion and fellowship.

The 16th annual Women's Show hits the York Expo Center's Memorial Hall Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6, featuring more than 200 exhibitor booths, several informative seminars and a full schedule of entertainment.

Presented by The Peak 98.5, Memorial Hospital and Smart Magazine, the two days of shopping, exhibits, fashion shows, demonstrations, entertainment and free stuff will all be geared to the interests of women, said Barbara Carbaugh, president of The Peak.

All are welcome, but the targeted age group is women 25 to 54, she said - and after 16 years, a multi-generation audience is starting to take over.

"It's really cool to see that," Carbaugh said, noting that women in all stages of life come to the event. "It seems like a really good opportunity to get different generations together."

Better with age: The event has grown over the years: A little more than 12,000 people attended last year's Women's Show, and some people came on both days, she said.

Carbaugh was part of the original planning committee, and the purpose of the event was to cater to women in a fun, unprecedented way, she said. Many larger cities had women's events, and York needed one, too, she said.

"We wanted to have an event that was geared to women because we didn't see any event like this," Carbaugh said. "It's just been a great experience working on this.



Event organizers ask for feedback from attendees each year, compile that data and heed the advice, she said.

"We are always trying to make it something that the women in our community really want," Carbaugh said.

And it gets better every year, she said.

"That's what they tell us," she said.

Event details: This year's show will feature WGAL News 8 reporter Barbara Barr as the keynote speaker, belly-dancing troupes, fashion shows and the hit competition "The Girlfriends' Game," where teams of friends test their knowledge about each other to win prizes.

One belly-dancing act, the In the Pink Belly Dancers, is a team of cancer survivors that works to share its love of dance, music and life.

And one fashion show, presented by LifeChanges Boutique, explores healing fashion options for women living with cancer. The show, dubbed "Hot Flash Hotties," will feature models wearing wigs, hats, swimwear and more.

As a woman, it's all about having fun and being fashionable at any age and under any circumstance, Carbaugh said.

And that's what the Women's Show is all about: celebrating a community of women that supports each other, Carbaugh said.

"They seem to bond through this experience," she said.

-Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.

At a Glance\

The 16th annual Women's Show comes to the York Expo Center's Memorial Hall next Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $4, but any attendee who presents a Weis Markets Preferred Shopper's Club Card gets in free. Free admission tickets can also be printed at www.wycr-fm.com, and parking is free for attendees.

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.thepeak985.com or call 717-792-0098.