One of the big celebrity draws for next weekend's Hen House Holiday Celebration at the Overland Park Convention Center will be Milton Teagle Simmons. Milton is better known as pixieish weight-loss superstar Richard Simmons. That's right: the infomercial tycoon who sells videos, DVDs, books and the infamous 6-quart food steamer.
The other celebrities scheduled to appear during the three-day event include TV personality Anne Peterson, "fish consultant" Gary Puetz and the Purina Incredible Dog Team. Several local chefs will also offer cooking demonstrations.
Simmons will be the big act for the opening day of the event, which begins Friday, November 5, with a 10:15 a.m. demonstration of Green Mountain Coffee, followed by a Cover Girl makeover and, at 12:45 p.m., chef Jasper Mirabile Jr.'s demonstration of cooking with Red Gold tomatoes.
Simmons takes the stage at the Overland Park Convention Center at 2 p.m. for what the event website describes as "learning eating and healthy living ideas in a very entertaining and interactive format." For a look at the planned schedule of events for all three days of the "celebration," click here.
Saturday's headline act, Tony Hoard and the amazing high-flying Purina Incredible Dog Team, performs three times on Saturday, November 6, between culinary demonstrations such as chef Tom Fraker preparing "Korean Pear Bites" and Andy Farris, the Pie Guy "sharing secrets of what makes Tippin's Pies so good."
Sunday's headliner will be "Mr. Stinky Feet." Tickets cost $6 at the door and include a Hen House reusable bag and many samples.