Expo offers a ray of sunshine

Eighth-grader Katelyn Swenhaugen gets a soothing massage from Jessica Peterson, owner of Eylsian Chiropractic in Marshall, at Saturday’s Prairie Women’s Expo. Photo / Per Peterson

By Per Peterson

The clouds parted just in time.

The 2019 Prairie Women’s Expo, which last year had to be moved back a week because of the weather, caught a break Saturday, as a strong winter storm moved out of the area just in time.

“My biggest concern was just getting set up,” said one of the Expo’s organizers, Casey Schmidt. “We were very sure we were going to have it. We were watching the weather Thursday evening … then came Friday. But the set-up went really well.”

Chamber Director Lexi Erickson was pleased with how everything went, given the uncertainty about what was going to happen with the weather.

“Throughout the week it looked like it was going to almost be impossible to get out of our homes and get into the VMC and get prepped for the Expo,” she said. “We were lucky that the weather let up, and the City and power companies worked their tails off to get the streets cleared and power up for the town and, in turn, we kept the Expo on as planned.”

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