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Southern Women’s Show returns to uptown Charlotte Sept. 19-Sept. 22.

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Jessica Robertson of the hit reality TV show Duck Dynasty makes an appearance at the Southern Women’s Show on Sept. 22 at 1 p.m.

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  • Southern Women’s Show

    The show runs Sept. 19-Sept. 22 at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St.

    Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 19; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 20; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 21; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 22.

    Admission: $10 at the door. If you ride the light rail, bring your ticket and admission is $5. After 5 p.m. all days, admission is $5. Admission is free 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 22.

    Details: www.southernshows.com.



For the first time in more than two decades, the Southern Women’s Show will take place uptown, when it opens Thursday at the Charlotte Convention Center for four days of fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, health screenings and more than 400 exhibits showcasing trends and products.

This is the 31st show. In 1983, its first year, it was held at the Charlotte Civic Center (where the EpiCentre is now) during a time when Charlotte’s once bustling uptown was at a low point as many fled to the suburbs.

By 1990 organizer Southern Shows moved it to the Charlotte Merchandise Mart on Independence Boulevard, now called The Park. (This is the only one of Southern Shows’ longtime Charlotte events that will move uptown; the others, including the Southern Christmas Show, will remain at The Park.)

“There wasn’t a whole lot happening in uptown Charlotte in 1983, so to get people to come there was challenging,” says David Zimmerman, president of Southern Shows. “Now so many people live and work uptown, or they’re used to going there for exhibits, shows and a night out. It’s a fun place to be now.”

Tish Atkins, the show’s manager, filled us in on the show’s highlights:

Celebrity Chef Mike Stevenson, author of the cookbook “A Way to a Woman’s Heart” and the personal chef for the owner and players of the Washington Redskins, leads a cooking demonstration at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Thursday and 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Girls’ Night Out is Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. The first 600 guests receive a free glass of wine and the first 250 get a swag bag filled with goodies. At 6:30 p.m., eight firefighters from the Charlotte Fire Department will take to the runway to model the latest men’s fashions from Dillard’s at SouthPark mall.

Duck Dynasty’s Jessica Robertson, wife of Jep Robertson, makes an appearance at 1 p.m. Sunday to share stories about her life and answer questions about the hit reality TV show.

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