Oct. 13—WORTHINGTON — A style show, giveaways, sales and designs for two huge giveaway bags are all part of the 11th annual Sassy Saturday event in Worthington this Saturday.
The special event, planned by the Forward Worthington Retail Committee, begins at 9 a.m. at the Nobles County Fairgrounds, 1600 Stower Dr., Worthington, with a drive-in style show and cast gift bags to the first 150 online buyers.
Last year shoppers started lining up inside the fairgrounds and their vehicles spread out onto Stower Drive, North McMillan and into the Walmart parking lot, so people are urged to arrive early s ‘they hope to get a bag of goodies.
“We have 150 bags full of treats from merchants attending the event,” said Robyn Moser, retail committee member and style show attendee. On Saturday, she will showcase clothing designs that shoppers can find at her downtown Worthington store, The Stag.
The fashion show will feature models from several local stores, with information about what they are wearing shared in online podcasts offered by The Globe and RadioWorks. The information is easily accessible with a smartphone by scanning the QR code present on the brochures distributed to people online.
With the style show beginning at 9 a.m., vehicles will begin moving through the fairgrounds and then head to their favorite shopping destinations in the community. Plans include having additional vendors on the fairgrounds for people to stop and visit as well.
Inside their goody bags, they’ll find small treats donated by local businesses and coupons good for Saturdays only, as well as a $5 voucher for lunch at Hy-Vee’s Market Grille between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sassy Saturday started 11 years ago with the idea of Amanda Walljasper-Tate, owner of The Daily Apple. On Saturday, the boutique will offer a sale on in-store apparel and jewelry, and feature guest vendors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meanwhile, shoppers will be able to taste Boernsen Bees honey (produced near Ocheyedan, Iowa), meet the owners of Alpha’s Alternatives to CBD Oil and try their pain and emotional products, browse knitted products by hand and visit the owners of Simply Pure, who make bath bombs and other natural products.
Moser said the event is a perfect way to kick off some fall shopping or perhaps wrap up some holiday or Christmas shopping.
“It’s a fun afternoon to hang out – a fun afternoon to shop and see what Worthington has to offer,” she added.
Registration boxes will be located in each of the 21 participating stores on Saturday, and shoppers are encouraged to register at all businesses for a chance to win one of two large gift baskets that will be offered after the event.
Both gift baskets include gift certificates and donated items from participating businesses, with one offering $100 in Chamber checks and the other offering $50 in Chamber checks.
Moser said Sassy Saturday was one of her favorite shopping events.
“It brings a lot of traffic to the store,” she said. “A lot of women like to shop in groups, and it’s just a really fun atmosphere.”
At the Stag on Saturday, shoppers will be able to make a make-and-go bracelet, and Lisa Schutte’s homemade candies and treats will also be featured.
Participating in the event are Chamber member companies: Hers & Mine Boutique, The Daily Apple, The Stag Clothiers, Adorn 1024, Ace Hardware, Worthington Monument, Johnson Jewelry, Brown’s Shoe Fit, Seed & Stem 12:27, Runnings, Edina Realty, Classy & Sassy Boutique, Carpet Plus, Midwest Dahlias Boutique, Hy-Vee, Worthington Liquor Store, Friends of the Auditorium, Billion Auto, Sterling Pharmacy and Starbucks, all of Worthington, and Refab Furnishings of Round Lake.