New vendor applications are posted onto the website on October 1st each year. Applications are downloadable using the free Adobe Acobat software (a link is provided.) Vendors from the last year's Festival will have a packet mailed to them a few weeks earlier.
Tip: Keep your contact information current!
As applications arrive, they are stamped with the date of postmark and vendor fee payments are deposited. As payments clear the bank, they are batched to go to the selection committee. Vendors with payments that don't clear are notified and the new postmark date (when the payment was sent) is noted.
The first review postmark date (usually mid-November) is indicated on the application and is the first batch of applications to go to committee for the jurying process.
"Jurying" means the selection committee will go through the applications in date order while insuring there is a wide variety of products and as few duplications as possible. You may get your application in early but still have a number of vendors with same or similar product ahead of you. Mailing your application early helps a great deal.
New vendors should always send lots of pictures and descriptions so we have enough information to make a decision on your products. Links to your website also help - just remember to tell us which products you wish to bring.
Once the selection committee reviews all of the first batch of applications postmarked by the deadline for 'first review', vendors are notified of acceptance and of the deadline for cancellation without fee refunds. These notices usually are mailed out the first weekend in December. Tip: Keep your contact information current!
Vendor applications not accepted in the first review are mailed a notification and the process to follow to be put onto the wait-list. Wait-listed applications are reviewed if someone has to cancel.