August 17, 2004

VISIONS: The Women's Expo

Dallas, TX -- Gather the girls, treat yourselves, and join the party at the largest event of its kind for women in the North Texas area. VISIONS: The Women's Expo celebrates its 15th year of non-stop fun on Saturday, August 28, from 9-5 and Sunday, August 29, from 10-6 at Dallas Market Hall.

Well-established as a shopper's paradise, this year's show will feature over 400 exhibitors, offering everything from unique gifts items, fashion accessories, and treasures for the home or garden, to on-site massages, health and beauty products, and travel packages for a well-deserved getaway. Attendees will have access to the latest health and nutrition tips, financial advice and services, information on entrepreneurship and small business, and assistance from over 40 local non-profit organizations.


VISIONS 2004 will also feature an exciting lineup of events in areas throughout the show, including: speakers, celebrities, and live entertainment on The Main Stage; culinary classes and gourmet tastings on the Minyard Cooking Stage; home improvement and decorating clinics on the Wellspring Mortgage Home Design Stage; interactive fitness demonstrations in the new Get Up and Move! area; book signings with featured authors in the new Authors' Corner; tips from "The Discount Dame" Karen Watts on The Dallas Morning News Lifestyles Stage; guest segments with personalities Mattie Roberts and Tracey Johnson on the TXCN Features Stage; and bra-fit, fashion, and travel sessions on the JCPenney Spotlight Stage.


Highlights on The Main Stage will include: an appearance by Entertainment Tonight correspondent and host of ET on MTV and ET on VH1, Maria Menounos; a chat with Masiela Lusha of The George Lopez Show; a visit with Jocelyn White of Designing Texas; LIVE Musical Performances by Tito Puente, Jr., 14- year-old singer/songwriter Maren Morris, and eight-piece Cuban Salsa band Havana NRG!; a ballet by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre; a performance by the Dallas Power House of Dance Senior Performing Company; the NextTeen: VISIONS Teen Talent Competition 2004; the ever-fabulous JCPenney Fashion Show, produced by model and fashion diva Jan Strimple; and a live country concert with rising star, singer and songwriter Rachel Proctor, produced by 99.5 The Wolf.


VISIONS 2004 will also present the NextTeen: VISIONS Teen Talent Competition 2004, hosted by emcee Mike Castellucci, also known as the "Why Guy" on WFAA-TV Channel 8. Interested teens, ages 13 to 18, will audition for a panel of judges throughout the day on Saturday. All contestants will be return to VISIONS on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. for the announcement of the top 12 finalists. The finalists will perform before a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges on Sunday at 4 p.m. The winner of the NextTeen competition will receive a grand prize package including a new computer, professional headshots from Kristina Bowman Photography, and a spot to perform live on TXCN. For more information on the NextTeen competition, visit the VISIONS Web site at: www.beloexpo.com/visions/teenfocus.htm.

"Reading a letter a few weeks ago from a loyal attendee, expressing how much VISIONS means to her and her girlfriends, I realized that VISIONS is more than just an expo to the women of North Texas; it is a tradition," said Patrick Buchen, CEO of Belo Expositions. "We are proud to be part of a show, now in its 15th year, that is not only a superior consumer event, but, in the words of this faithful attendee, serves as a tribute to women, fun, and friendship; an event that women look forward to as a celebrated escape year after year."

About VISIONS


VISIONS: The Women's Expo is presented by WFAA-TV Channel 8, The Dallas Morning News, TXCN, Al Dia, Quick, and Guidelive, and is sponsored by JCPenney, Minyard Food Stores, Carnival Food Stores, and Sack 'n Save. Promotional support is provided by 99.5 The Wolf. A portion of proceeds from VISIONS: The Women's Expo will benefit The Dallas Morning News Charities, helping the hungry and homeless. Since 1986, The Dallas Morning News Charities has raised more than $11.8 million to help the hungry and homeless in the Dallas community.
Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $12 for a two-day pass, and children under 12 years of age are FREE. Discount tickets for $1 off admission can be purchased in advance on the VISIONS Web site at www.beloexpo.com/visions. Discount tickets for $2 off admission can be purchased in advance at all Minyard, Sack 'n Save, and Carnival Food Stores. Attendees may also register at any of these locations to enter Minyard Food Stores' $35,000 X-Treme Kitchen Makeover Contest, which includes a year's supply of free groceries. For more information on VISIONS: The Women's Expo, including a complete listing of exhibitors and a schedule of presenters and special events, visit the Web site at www.beloexpo.com/visions, or call the information hotline at 214-977-6019.