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Bridal Fair showcases latest, greatest wedding trends

Kaycee Charette of Prescott snatched $224 worth of "Bridal Bucks" from her whirling midst during one of six sessions won by attendees of Sunday's River Valley Bridal Fair held at River Falls High School. Other winners came from Red Wing, River Falls, Weyerhauser and Clayton. About 275 people attended the event. Steve Dzubay photos.1 / 6
Would-be brides, their advisors and friends crowded the commons area and locker bays at River Falls High School as vendors attempted to woo their business for food, entertainment, preservation of memories and more. 2 / 6
... in wedding dresses were show cased by a team of models representing Foreign 5 Bridal Suite of Chippewa Falls. About a dozen women showed about twice as many dresses during a 30-minute fashion show near the end of Sunday's bridal fair. 3 / 6
Greg Lackey of River Falls showed a would-be client samples of photos their wedding guests could create using his offering -- Shutterbug Photo Booth -- at the reception. Nearby, visitors were sampling hickory-smoked ribs and aged cheeses.4 / 6
A three-tiered platter of festive cupcakes, baked and decorated by Family Fresh bakery, caught the eye of visitors at Sunday's River Valley Bridal Fair. 5 / 6
A guest at Sunday's bridal fair sought relief from pain in her upper back at the Lifeline Chiropractic booth.6 / 6

From photo booths and hair styles to slow-cooked beef brisket and dulcimer music, Sunday's River Valley Bridal Fair at the River Falls High School offered ideas and options to anyone planning a wedding.

Monica Steiner of River Falls took home the grand prize of a $500 travel voucher from Travel Leaders-Suntime Travel of River Falls, Prescott, Red Wing, Hastings and Rochester to use for her upcoming wedding trip.

Five women and one man grabbed a total of $977 literally from the air as they won turns in the Ellsworth Ford-sponsored "Bride-Nado" booth, a specially-designed wind chamber in which they got the chance to gather as many flying bills as possible within 30 seconds. The dollars were redeemable with any vendor at Sunday's show.

The four-hour show included 82 vendors from throughout the region and culminated with a 30-minute fashion show featuring at least 20 different dresses, show-cased by models and presented by Foreign 5 Bridal Suite of Chippewa Falls, with assistance from Tracia Bradley Entertainment & Photography and Midway Party Rentals.

Rivertown Multimedia ad director Phil Frebault said 269 tickets were sold, including premium passes to 100 engaged individuals, each of whom took home a "swag bag" filled with goodies from 28 different vendors.

Several swag bag recipients also found crisp $50 in the satchels.

Next year, the show will be held on Sunday, Feb. 15th.