South Cariboo Women’s Fair wows the crowds

Students of the South Cariboo Rec Centre’s dance class performed a recital at the South Cariboo Women’s Fair. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Students of the South Cariboo Rec Centre’s dance class performed a recital at the South Cariboo Women’s Fair. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Madeline Vivier (left) draws with Kaliah Williams and Abbie Wieduwilt at the Gentle Fire Art Therapy booth at the South Cariboo Women’s Fair. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Madeline Vivier (left) draws with Kaliah Williams and Abbie Wieduwilt at the Gentle Fire Art Therapy booth at the South Cariboo Women’s Fair. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Madeline Vivier (left) draws with Kaliah Williams and Abbie Wieduwilt at the Gentle Fire Art Therapy booth at the South Cariboo Women’s Fair. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Madeline Vivier (left) draws with Kaliah Williams and Abbie Wieduwilt at the Gentle Fire Art Therapy booth at the South Cariboo Women’s Fair. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Baladi Babes’ Faith Andre and LeAnne Doucette demonstrate how to belly dance. (Kelly Sinoski photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Baladi Babes’ Faith Andre and LeAnne Doucette demonstrate how to belly dance. (Kelly Sinoski photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
The Baladi Babes’ Faith Andre and LeAnne Doucette demonstrate belly dancing at the 2022 South Cariboo Women’s Fair. SEE related story, photos A18. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)The Baladi Babes’ Faith Andre and LeAnne Doucette demonstrate belly dancing at the 2022 South Cariboo Women’s Fair. SEE related story, photos A18. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Baladi Babes’ Faith Andre and LeAnne Doucette demonstrated belly dancing at the 2022 South Cariboo Women’s Fair. (Kelly Sinoski photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Baladi Babes’ Faith Andre and LeAnne Doucette demonstrated belly dancing at the 2022 South Cariboo Women’s Fair. (Kelly Sinoski photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Heather Jensen and Katlin Smith check out some rings at the South Cariboo Women’s Fair. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Heather Jensen and Katlin Smith check out some rings at the South Cariboo Women’s Fair. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
(Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Liz Smith, of Long Life and Loving It, explains the benefits of having an indoor tower garden in your home. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Liz Smith, of Long Life and Loving It, explains the benefits of having an indoor tower garden in your home. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Liz Smith, of Long Life and Loving It, explains the benefits of having an indoor tower garden in your home. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Liz Smith, of Long Life and Loving It, explains the benefits of having an indoor tower garden in your home. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Danica Gourley sits still as Carmen Dykstra inks a henna tattoo onto her hand. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Danica Gourley sits still as Carmen Dykstra inks a henna tattoo onto her hand. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Students of the South Cariboo Rec Centre’s dance class performed a recital at the South Cariboo Women’s Fair. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Students of the South Cariboo Rec Centre’s dance class performed a recital at the South Cariboo Women’s Fair. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Faith Andre, (left), Kerri Mingo and LeAnne Doucette shake their hips as they perform a belly dancing routine. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Faith Andre, (left), Kerri Mingo and LeAnne Doucette shake their hips as they perform a belly dancing routine. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Danica Gourley sits still as Carmen Dykstra inks a henna tattoo onto her hand at the South Cariboo Women’s Fair. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Danica Gourley sits still as Carmen Dykstra inks a henna tattoo onto her hand at the South Cariboo Women’s Fair. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Jessica Thomas showed off her local art. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Jessica Thomas showed off her local art. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Faith Andre belly dances on stage at the South Cariboo Women’s Fair. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)Faith Andre belly dances on stage at the South Cariboo Women’s Fair. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
The Baladi Babes’ Faith Andre and LeAnne Doucette demonstrate belly dancing at the 2022 South Cariboo Women’s Fair. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)The Baladi Babes’ Faith Andre and LeAnne Doucette demonstrate belly dancing at the 2022 South Cariboo Women’s Fair. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

Hundreds of people turned out last weekend for the 7th South Cariboo Women’s Fair.

The celebration of women and women in business got started in style Friday night with 200 women at a wine-and-cheese. The next day, an estimated 550 people visited the event, organized by South Cariboo Rec Centre, to check out the wares of 45 vendors.

Booths included everything from nutrition to romance, homecare, jewelry, candles, haircare, photography, beauty products, local teas and foods. Those adventurous enough could even get a Tarot reading by Tess in a booth shrouded in black or sign up for Zumba or belly dancing lessons.

“It went really, really well,” said organizer Shelly Morton, noting vendors came from as far away as Kamloops and Fraser Lake. “We were really thrilled with that. It was a great turnout.”

She said she was impressed with the variety of vendors, which included a lot of returning members from past years. “People were emailing me all weekend,” she said. “They really enjoyed the wine-and-cheese event.”

LeAnne Doucette, of Baladi Babes Belly Dance Performance Troupe, said they were happy to be performing again after a two-year hiatus during COVID-19.

“For a first-time event after not having it run for a couple of years, I thought they did just a great job organizing it,” Doucette said. “I was really pleased to see who came out.”

Emma Hull, a life coach with Life Untethered who spoke Saturday morning, said she was happy to be back in the Cariboo, where she had lived for eight years. At the time she was working in government in Williams Lake and was “miserable” because she was living a life that she thought she should be leading.

“I’d be crying all the way to work,” she said.

A life coach convinced her it was ok to be unhappy. She ditched her marriage, the overseas vacations and the toys, and moved to a simple life in the Kootenays. Now she’s working to help others find their bliss.

“It was really fun,” she said. “After my talk several people came up and said it really touched them and gave them hope and inspiration.”

Morton said they are already getting ready for next year when the event is slated for May 5-6.

“We will start planning late fall,” she said. “I just want to thank everyone for coming out.”



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