In the spirit of the Ladies Day's new theme this year, "Expand Your Horizons," the planning committee is broadening the day's offerings at the Ashland County Fair.
Not only will it feature new home demonstrations, the annual fashion show will also sport a new format and theme, held at noon Wednesday, Sept. 20 in the Cheyenne Spidel Pavilion.
For the past six years, the style show consisted of clothes purchased at bargain prices from various department stores' sales racks or garage sales – mainly due to the lack of clothing stores in the Ashland area.
However, thanks to the area dress shops now available, this year's fashion show will feature outfits from these stores, under the new theme "Look What I Found in Ashland."
The participating area businesses are Bagnabitt, B.E. Humble, Clothes-Minded, Fin, Feather & Fur Outfitters, Kimberly’s Closet and Truly Yours Fashions.
Along with the new fashion show theme, the day will include various presentations that have not been featured in recent years.
"Any time we can get people interested in participating and sharing their talents in these areas is a great thing," said co-chair Becky Echelberger.
Some of the larger demonstrations will include "Car Maintenance Tips," "Dehyrdating Food" and "DIY Home Improvements" throughout the day in the Cheyenne Spidel Memorial Pavilion.
In addition, area businesses will perform mini-demonstrations, such as "Projects With Neckties," "Cookie Cutters & Kitchen Gadgets" and "Pumpkins Centerpiece Arrangements," in Mozelle Hall.
"We try to make it interesting, and make it so some of these things people can do at home or try at home," Echelberger said.
The planning committee will also award door prizes to participants at 3:15 p.m., donated from businesses in the region.
The Ladies Fair planning committee is made up entirely of volunteers. Echelberger has served on the team for 16 years.
Not too many fairs still have days dedicated to homemaking, Echelberger said.
"It's just really a special day," Echelberger said. "We have women who have relatives who will come in from out of state to go to Ladies Day at the fair."