handMADE Montana MADE fair

The MADE fair is a modern artist & handcrafted market featuring local and regional artists. Our juried events feature a curated collection of  over 200 skilled artisans as well as a handful of non-profits. 

The MADE fairs are presented by HandMADE Montana— a professional organization for art & handcrafted goods. We organize events (MADE fairs & workshops), provide resources to artists, and encourage growth and support in our community efforts. 

Visit our website or Facebook for additional information about events and other offerings. Please email questions to info@handmademontana.com



$10.00

The MADE fair is a modern artist & handcrafted market featuring local and regional artists. Our juried events feature over 200 skilled artisans as well as a handful of non-profits. The Spring Bozeman MADE fair is perfectly timed to find something special for Mother's Day or that recent graduate. We will once again have the VIP Friday Night to give those wanting a more intimate shopping experience, with more details coming. Last year, we raised over $4000 for a local non-profit via the $10 VIP pass, and we will continue to partner with a local organization to offer early access shopping on Friday, 5 pm-8 pm, and Saturday morning, 9 am-10 am! We will be featuring local and regional talent, non-profits, and a few interactive booths!

Bozeman // May 3-4 // Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
We have 50,000 sq—feet of continuous space to feature talented artisans, local non-profits, and activities. The Bozeman MADE fair will include free entry*, free parking, and plenty of room to shop. This one+ day event will feature local and regional artists, and the community will have an option to shop the show in a more intimate way with the $10 VIP Pass for Friday Night, 5 pm-8 pm, and a $5 Early Bird Pass for Saturday Morning 9 am-10 am. Tickets will be available online and at the door, and proceeds will go directly to a local non-profit.

The MADE fairs are presented by HandMADE Montana— a professional organization for art & handcrafted goods. We organize events (MADE fairs & workshops), provide resources to artists, and encourage growth and support in our community efforts.

APPLYING
We have defined our criteria for acceptance and have decided to stay focused on products that are handcrafted by individuals or small groups of artisans to help them grow. We love it when businesses grow and experience success, and we feel it is essential, at that point, to give way to other artists who are up and coming. It is vital for the MADE fairs' continued growth to keep things fresh for the shoppers as well.  Items MUST be handmade/designed by the artist and not mass-produced. We feature BOTH local and regional artists and all applications are considered during the jurying process.

This is a competitive juried show, so keep this in mind when filling out your application. The MADE fair jury will be looking for unique products that fit the feel of the MADE fair (modern, fun, functional), variety, and quality of work. The MADE fair’s mission is to increase awareness of handmade goods as an alternative to mass-produced items and support local and regional small craft businesses by providing a place to sell their goods. There are four members of the jurying pool: Team HandMADE Montana (Carol Lynn and Courtney), as well as two rotating members, an artist and a member of the community.   The MADE fair’s mission is to increase awareness of handmade goods as an alternative to mass-produced items and support local and regional small craft businesses by providing a place to sell their items.

HOW TO APPLY
  1. Fill out the online application
  2. Upload images (5 product shots, 1-3 process images (how you make the items) , and one booth (a set-up of what your goods look like))
  3. Pay the application fee

  There is a non-refundable $10 application fee to have your work juried for the MADE fair. All pictures MUST be included with your application to be considered. If you are a non-profit looking to have a booth, we have a separate application available.


IMPORTANT DATES
January  15: Accepting applications
March 1: Deadline for submissions
March 10: Accepted and declined artisans notified by email
April 1:  Artists booth fees due

BOOTH FEES // SET-UP // EVENT HOURS
10’ x 6’   $120 + Electric ($15)  + Table ($12)   
10’x10’   $200 + Electric ($15)  + Table ($12)   
20’x10’   $365 + Electric ($15)  + Table ($12)
30’x10’   $550 + Electric ($15)  + Table ($12)

Corner upgrades are available for an additional $25 and are limited. If you are interested, please indicate so on your application.  Booth sizes are listed in width x depth. Chairs are provided, electricity access is available for an additional $15, and tables can be rented for $12 each.


SET-UP FRIDAY // MAY 3 //  11 am-5 pm
SHOW HOURS // FRIDAY MAY 3  $10 VIP 5 pm-8 pm // SATURDAY MAY 4 $5 Earlybird  9 am-10 am; FREE 10 am-4 pm
TAKE DOWN// 4 pm-8 pm
ARTIST BENEFITS
 For many, our shows are the best of the season, and we do a great deal to promote all of our artists on our website and social media. We have found our customers enjoy pre-shopping the artists and planning out their day of shopping. This is definitely an added benefit compared to other handmade markets; it is one of the many things that set us apart.  


Included 

  • A well-organized event that attracts over 5,000 customers eager to buy handcrafted products and meet you, the artist!
  • Product image, business name, and links on our website 
  • A landing page with more detailed information about your business, including links to a website, Facebook, and Instagram
  • Promotional event graphics you can use on your Instagram account, Facebook page, or website   • A listing on a printed & digital floor plan
  • Name tag and other great swag

    Additional promotional opportunities
     
  • Featured artist—Instagram & Facebook mentions, upgraded landing page, premium booth placement
  • Raffle—provide an item and a small fee to be included and receive Instagram & Facebook mentions and links to your website, FB, or Instagram account.    

PROMOTION
  All of our events are very well attended, and we work hard to bring in a variety of customers. In addition to our website, Facebook, and Instagram pages, we advertise our events well in advance using these methods:   
 

  • Printed media —2,500 postcards, 500 posters, 2,500 mini cards
  • Advertisements in local papers and magazines
  • Radio spots
  • Social Media—Facebook & Instagram Ads
  • Calendar Listings—newspaper, online, and magazines
  • Digital & printed floor plan maps


 

Bozeman  Spring MADE fair 2024
The MADE fair is a modern artist & handcrafted market featuring local and regional artists. Our juried events feature over 200 skilled artisans as well as a handful of non-profits. The NEW Spring Bozeman MADE fair is perfectly timed to find something special for Mother's Day or that recent graduate. We are introducing a special Friday Night Preview to give those wanting a more intimate shopping experience with more details coming. Last year we raised over $3000 for a local non-profit via the $10 VIP pass, and we will continue to partner with a local organization to offer early access shopping  Friday 5 pm-8 pm and Saturday morning, 9 am-10 am! We will be featuring local and regional talent, non-profits, and a few interactive booths!   


Bozeman // May 3-4 // Brick Breeden Fieldhouse We are excited to bring all that our events offer for artisans, non-profits, and the local community to the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse for the first  Bozeman SPRING MADE fair. We are working with incredible folks in Bozeman to bring the MADE fair experience to life. We have 50,000 sq. Feet of continuous space to feature talented artisans, local non-profits, and activities. The Bozeman MADE fair will include free entry*, free parking, and plenty of room to shop.


This one+ day event will feature local and regional artists and the community will have an option to shop the show in a more intimate way with the $10 VIP Pass for Friday Night Preview 5 pm-8 pm and a $5 Early Bird Pass for Saturday Morning 9 am-10 am. Tickets will be available online and at the door and all proceeds will go directly to a local non-profit.


APPLYING // NON-PROFIT
Community support for all of our events is what helps to make them great. Non-profits play a big role in creating opportunities, educating, and fighting the good fight all across Montana. They are often the building blocks for what makes our cities great. For the last five years, we have been offering booths to local non-profits at a reduced rate to provide them the opportunity to meet directly with the public they serve.

We are excited to continue offering space available for non-profits at all of our shows. We strongly encourage some sort of hands-on activity to engage both children and adults that visit your booth.  We will be jurying all non-profits that apply to make sure they are a good fit for our event.

IMPORTANT DATES
January 15: Accepting applications
March 1: Deadline for submissions
March 10:  Non-profits Notified
April 1: Booth fees due   

BOOTH FEES // SET-UP // EVENT HOURS
10’ x 6’   $50 + Electric ($15)  + Table ($12)
10’x10’   $100 + Electric ($15)  + Table ($12)


Booth sizes are listed in width x depth. Chairs are provided, electricity access is available for an additional $15, and tables can be rented for $12 each.

SET-UP FRIDAY // MAY 3 //  11 AM-5 PM
SHOW HOURS// FRIDAY MAY 3 VIP 5 PM- 8 PM // SATURDAY MAY 4 10 AM-4 PM; 9 AM-10 AM $5 Early Bird Pass*
TAKE DOWN// 4 PM -8 PM

HOW TO APPLY
1. Fill out the online application
2. Upload images & logo

NON-PROFIT BENEFITS
For many artists & non-profits, our shows are their best of the season and we do a great deal to promote everyone on our website and social media. We have found our customers enjoy pre-shopping the artists and planning out their day of shopping. This is definitely an added benefit compared to other handmade markets; it is one of the many things that set us apart.

Included

  • A well-organized event that attracts over 7,000 customers eager to buy handcrafted products and meet artists and non-profits!

  • Non-profit image, business name, and links on our website

  • A landing page with more detailed information about your non-profit including links to the website, Facebook, and Instagram

  • Promotional event graphics you can use on your Instagram account, Facebook page, or website

  • A listing on printed & digital floor plan

  • Nametag and other great swag


PROMOTION
All of our events are very well attended and we work hard to bring in a variety of customers. In addition to our website, Facebook, and Instagram pages, we advertise our events well in advance using these methods:

  • Printed media —5,000 postcards,  1,000 posters, 5,000 mini cards

  • Advertisements in local papers and magazines

  • Radio spots

  • Social Media—Facebook & Instagram Ads

  • Web Ads— Missoulaevents.net

  • Calendar Listings—newspaper, online, and magazines

  • Digital & printed floor plan maps


$10.00

Missoula Summer MADE fair  2024 // June 23 // Caras Park
The Missoula Summer MADE fair is a modern handcrafted open-air market featuring local and regional artists at Caras Park in downtown Missoula, MT. Our juried summer show features over 170 skilled artisans as well as a handful of non-profits.  The MADE fairs are presented by HandMADE Montana— a professional organization for art & handcrafted goods. We organize events (MADE fairs & workshops), provide resources to artists, and encourage growth and support in our community efforts.  
 

APPLYING
We have defined our criteria for acceptance and have decided to stay focused on products that are handcrafted by individuals or small groups of artisans to help them grow. We love it when businesses grow and experience success, and we feel it is essential, at that point, to give way to other artists who are up and coming. It is vital for the MADE fairs' continued growth to keep things fresh for the shoppers as well.  Items MUST be handmade/designed by the artist and not mass-produced. We feature BOTH local and regional artists and all applications are considered during the jurying process.

This is a competitive juried show, so keep this in mind when filling out your application. The MADE fair jury will be looking for unique products that fit the feel of the MADE fair (modern, fun, functional), variety, and quality of work. The MADE fair’s mission is to increase awareness of handmade goods as an alternative to mass-produced items and support local and regional small craft businesses by providing a place to sell their goods. There are four members of the jurying pool: Team HandMADE Montana (Carol Lynn and Courtney), as well as two rotating members, an artist and a member of the community.


APPLICATION FEE
There is a non-refundable $10 application fee to have your work juried for the MADE fair. This fee and all pictures MUST be included with your application to be considered. If you are a non-profit or food vendor looking to have a booth, we have a separate application available.    

HOW TO APPLY
  1. Fill out the online application
  2. Upload images (5 product shots, 1-2 process shots ( pictures of your workspace or you making the products) , and one booth image)
  3. Pay the non-refundable application fee


IMPORTANT DATES

January 15: Accepting applications  
April 1: Deadline for submissions
April 10: Accepted and declined artisans notified by email  
May 1: Artists' booth fees due *
 

BOOTH FEES // SET-UP // EVENT HOURS

8’ x 6’     $100 + Table ($12)  (located under the pavilion or bandshell)
10’ x 10’   $200  + Table ($12)  
20’ x 10’   $365 + Table ($12)
30’ x 10’   $550+ Table ($12)

  Booth sizes are listed in width x depth. Chairs are provided, and tables can be rented for $12 each.

SET UP //  Sunday 8 am-10 am*
SHOW HOURS // Sunday 10 am-4 pm  

Takedown: Sunday, 4 pm-7 pm.  We know that staying overnight at a hotel is not always within the budget, so we are going to work hard to facilitate artist homestays and discounted hotel room options.    

 *We do a crack-of-dawn set-up at 5 am and ask for volunteers to help with chalking, and in exchange, they can begin booth set-up after we are finished to allow more time.   


ARTIST BENEFITS 

For many, our shows are their best of the season, and we do a great deal to promote all of our artists on our website and social media. We have found our customers enjoy pre-shopping the artists and planning out their day of shopping. This is an added benefit compared to other handmade markets; it is one of the many things that set us apart.    

 
INCLUDED

  • A well-organized event that attracts over 6,000 + customers eager to buy handcrafted products and meet you, the artist!
  • Product image, business name, and links on our website
  • A landing page with more detailed information about your business, including links to your website, Facebook, and Instagram (example)
  • Promotional event graphics you can use on your Instagram account, Facebook page, or website
  • A listing on printed & digital floor plan
  • Name tag and other great swag  

Additional promotional opportunities 

  • Featured artist—Instagram & Facebook mentions, upgraded landing page, premium booth placement (example)
  • Raffle—provide an item or gift certificate to be included and receive Instagram & Facebook mentions and links to your website, FB, or Instagram account  


PROMOTION  All of our events attract crowds, and we work hard to bring in a variety of customers. In addition to our website, Facebook, and Instagram pages, we advertise our events well in advance using these methods:    

  • Printed media —2,500 postcards,  500+ posters, 2,500 mini cards
  • Advertisements in local papers and magazines
  • Radio spots
  • Social Media—Facebook & Instagram Ads
  • Web Ads— Missoulaevents.net 
  • Calendar Listings—newspaper, online, and magazines
  • Digital & printed floor plan maps


 

Missoula Summer MADE fair

2024 // JUNE 24 // Caras Park

The Missoula Summer MADE fair is a modern handcrafted open-air market featuring local and regional artists at Caras Park in downtown Missoula, MT. Our juried summer show features over 170 skilled artisans as well as a handful of non-profits.  The MADE fairs are presented by HandMADE Montana— a professional organization for art & handcrafted goods. We organize events (MADE fairs & workshops), provide resources to artists, and encourage growth and support in our community efforts.

APPLYING // NON-PROFIT

Community support for all of our events is what helps to make them great. Non-profits play a big role in creating opportunities, educating, and fighting the good fight all across Montana. They are often the building blocks for what makes our cities great. For the last five years, we have been offering booths to local non-profits at a reduced rate to provide them the opportunity to meet directly with the public they serve.  We are excited to continue offering space available for non-profits at our Missoula events. We strongly encourage some sort of hands-on activity to engage both children and adults that visit your booth.  We will be jurying all non-profits that apply to make sure they are a good fit for our event.

HOW TO APPLY

1. Fill out the online application
2. Upload images & logo
IMPORTANT DATES

January 15: Accepting applications  
April 1: Deadline for submissions
April 10: Notifications sent  
May 1: Booth fees due

BOOTH FEES // SET-UP // EVENT HOURS
8’ x 6’     $45 + Table ($12)  
10’x10’   $100  + Table ($12)  

Booth sizes are listed in width x depth. Chairs are provided and tables can be rented for $12 each.

SET UP //  Sunday 8 AM-10 AM*
SHOW HOURS // Sunday 10 AM -4 PM
TAKEDOWN // Sunday 4 PM-7 PM


NON-PROFIT BENEFITS
For many, our shows are the best of the season, and we do a great deal to promote all of our artists on our website and social media. We have found our customers enjoy pre-shopping the artists and planning out their day of shopping. This is definitely an added benefit compared to other handmade markets; it is one of the many things that set us apart.
Included

  • A well-organized event that attracts over 5,000 customers eager to buy handcrafted products and meet you, the artist!
  • Product image, business name, and links on our website
  • A landing page with more detailed information about your business including links to a website, Facebook, and Instagram
  • Promotional event graphics you can use on your Instagram account, Facebook page, or website   • A listing on a printed & digital floor plan
  • Name tag and other great swag

Additional promotional opportunities

  • Featured artist—Instagram & Facebook mentions, upgraded landing page, premium booth placement
  • Raffle—provide an item, and a small fee to be included and receive Instagram & Facebook mentions and links to your website, FB, or Instagram account

PROMOTION
All of our events are very well attended and we work hard to bring in a variety of customers. In addition to our website, Facebook, and Instagram pages, we advertise our events well in advance using these methods:

  • Printed media —2,500 postcards, 500 posters, 2,500 mini cards
  • Advertisements in local papers and magazines
  • Radio spots
  • Social Media—Facebook & Instagram Ads
  • Calendar Listings—newspaper, online, and magazines
  • Digital & printed floor plan maps





 

Missoula Summer MADE fair  2024 // June 23 // Caras Park

The Missoula Summer MADE fair is a modern handcrafted open-air market featuring local and regional artists at Caras Park in downtown Missoula, MT. Our juried summer show features over 170 skilled artisans as well as a handful of non-profits.    

The MADE fairs are presented by HandMADE Montana— a professional organization for art & handcrafted goods. We organize events (MADE fairs & workshops), provide resources to artists, and encourage growth and support in our community efforts.

FOOD & BEVERAGE VENDING
We are looking to showcase some delicious local food & beverage options for customers and artists to enjoy. Here are some more details about the event. We can accommodate food trucks, but there will be a slightly higher fee based on the length of the vehicle and space needed.

FEES
$150  10' x 10'
$225 10' x 20' booth or food truck
$300 10' x 30' food trucks

Tables and chairs are available to you, but please bring all display items. 10x10 booths can bring pop-up canopies but must bring proper weights to keep them from flying away. You will need to comply with all food vending rules presented by the city of Missoula. After acceptance, you will need to mail a copy of your Missoula food license to handMADE Montana, 212 Main Street, Polson, MT 59860

IMPORTANT DATES
January 15        Accepting applications for food vending
April  1               Deadline for submissions
April 10             Accepted and declined food vendors notified by email
May 1                Food Vending booth fees due
June 23             Set-up:  Food trucks must be in place by 7 am, other food vendors can begin set up at 7 am-10 am
                         Show hours: Sunday 10am-4pm
                         Takedown: Sunday 4pm-7pm

 

The Flathead Cherry Festival has become a highlight for those who relish the area’s beauty, and its popularity is rising. We are proud of the positive impact noticed by the community last year, and we look forward to further elevating the festival experience, all while enjoying some delicious fresh cherry pie! As stewards of this beloved event, we are injecting new energy and innovative ideas, promising an even more exciting experience for attendees. Our commitment to enhancing the festival’s quality is evident as we curate various high-caliber vendors. The two-day extravaganza promises a delightful celebration, with the vibrant atmosphere around Flathead Lake adding to the festivities.

Polson, MT  // July 27-28  // Main Street

handMADE Montana cordially invites you to submit your application for participation in the 25th annual Flathead Cherry Festival. Join us during the last weekend of July as we commemorate the cherry harvest, showcasing the talents of artists, delectable food offerings, local businesses, and fostering a sense of community. Your presence will contribute to the vibrancy of this cherished event.

The Flathead Cherry Festival is presented by HandMADE Montana— a professional organization for art & handcrafted goods. We organize events, provide resources to artists, and encourage growth and support in our community efforts.

APPLYING

Please be mindful that this is a juried show, and as you complete your application, consider that the jury will be assessing the submissions for exceptional quality from artisans, makers, and creatives. It is imperative that items are exclusively crafted and designed by the artist, avoiding mass production. Our showcase embraces both local and regional artists, with all applications given thoughtful consideration during the jurying process. All handcrafted & artists booth will be located on Mains Street of the event unless otherwise requested. Although not required, cherry themed products are highly encouraged!

HOW TO APPLY

1. Fill out the online application

2. Upload images (5 product shots, 1-3 process images (how you make the items) , and one booth (a set-up of what your goods look like))

3. Pay the application fee*

*The application fee is waived until March 1st to encourage early applications after which there is a non-refundable $10 application fee to have your work juried for the Flathead Cherry Festival. All pictures MUST be included with your application to be considered. If you are a non-profit looking to have a booth, we have a separate application available.


IMPORTANT DATES

January  15: Accepting applications

April  15: Deadline for submissions

May 1: Accepted and declined artisans notified by email

May 31:  Artists booth fees due

BOOTH FEES // SET-UP // EVENT HOURS

  • 10’x10’   $250   
  • 20’x10’   $400 
  • 30’x10’   $575
  • 40'x10' $750

Corner upgrades are available for an additional $25 and are limited. If you are interested, please indicate so on your application. Booth sizes are listed in width x depth. Chairs, tables, and electricity are not provided nor available. 

While booth fees have seen a slight increase from previous years, we want to highlight that this adjustment is accompanied by a substantial addition of benefits provided by handMADE Montana. Your investment now not only supports your participation but also unlocks a range of significant advantages that enhance your overall experience and visibility at our events. We believe these added benefits contribute to the value and success of your presence with handMADE Montana.


SET-UP: Friday July 26 //  6 PM - 9 PM Saturday July 27 // 6 AM - 9 AM

Streets will remain closed at night with security.

SHOW HOURS // SAT July 27  9 AM - 5 PM // SUN July 28 10 AM- 3PM

All vendors are required to participate on both days of the event and must not dismantle their booths prematurely without obtaining prior permission. Ending early without authorization will have implications for future participation opportunities. Your adherence to this policy ensures a positive experience for all participants and contributes to the overall success of our events.

TAKE DOWN //  SUN 3 PM- 8 PM 


ARTIST BENEFITS 

Our shows stand out as the highlight of the season for many, and we go the extra mile to promote all our artists extensively on our website and social media platforms. Our customers appreciate the opportunity to pre-shop the artists, strategically planning their shopping day. This unique feature sets us apart from other handmade markets, providing an added benefit that enhances the overall experience for both artists and attendees.

INCLUDED

We are adding significant benefits to the vendors participating in this year's Flathead Cherry Festival.

  • A well-organized event that attracts over 8,000 customers eager to buy handcrafted products and meet you, the artist!
  • *NEW* Product image, business name, and links on our website 
  • *NEW* A landing page with more detailed information about your business, including links to a website, Facebook, and Instagram. EXAMPLE PAGE
  • Promotional event graphics you can use on your Instagram account, Facebook page, or website   
  • *NEW* Name tag and other great swag

ADDITIONAL PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS

  • Featured artist—Instagram & Facebook mentions, upgraded landing page, premium booth placement
  • Raffle—provide an item and a small fee to be included and receive Instagram & Facebook mentions and links to your website, FB, or Instagram account.  
     

PROMOTION

All of our events are very well attended, and we work hard to bring in a variety of customers. In addition to our website, Facebook, and Instagram pages, we advertise our events well in advance using these methods:    

  • Printed media —5000 rack cards, 500 posters, 5,000 mini cards
  • Advertisements in local papers and magazines
  • Radio spots
  • Social Media—Facebook & Instagram Ads
  • Calendar Listings—newspaper, online, and magazines


Accommodations

We are committed to collaborating with the City of Polson to facilitate dry camping exclusively for vendors. Upon receiving your acceptance email, you will receive detailed instructions on how to reserve a camping spot. Additionally, for local vendors with available space, we encourage the option of offering homestays to fellow participants. 


 

The Flathead Cherry Festival has become a highlight for those who relish the area’s beauty, and its popularity is rising. We are proud of the positive impact noticed by the community last year, and we look forward to further elevating the festival experience, all while enjoying some delicious fresh cherry pie! As stewards of this beloved event, we are injecting new energy and innovative ideas, promising an even more exciting experience for attendees. Our commitment to enhancing the festival’s quality is evident as we curate various high-caliber vendors. The two-day extravaganza promises a delightful celebration, with the vibrant atmosphere around Flathead Lake adding to the festivities.

Polson, MT  // July 27-28  // Main Street

handMADE Montana cordially invites you to submit your application for participation as a commercial busiiness  in the 25th annual Flathead Cherry Festival. Join us during the last weekend of July as we commemorate the cherry harvest, showcasing the talents of artists, delectable food offerings, local businesses, and fostering a sense of community. Your presence will contribute to the vibrancy of this cherished event.

The Flathead Cherry Festival is presented by HandMADE Montana— a professional organization for art & handcrafted goods. We organize events, provide resources to artists, and encourage growth and support in our community efforts.

APPLYING

Please be mindful that this is a juried show, and as you complete your application, consider that the jury will be assessing the submissions for the best fit for the event giving priority to local businesses. Commercial booths are designed for businesses selling products they do not make. There are other applications if you are an artist, food vendor, or non-profit. Although not required, cherry themed products are highly encouraged! All commercial booths will be located on 4th Ave off of Main Street.
 

HOW TO APPLY

1. Fill out the online application

2. Upload images ( up to 5 product shots and one booth (a set-up of what your goods look like)

3. Pay the application fee*

*The application fee is waived until March 1st to encourage early applications after which there is a non-refundable $10 application fee to have your work juried for the Flathead Cherry Festival. All pictures MUST be included with your application to be considered. If you are a non-profit looking to have a booth, we have a separate application available.

IMPORTANT DATES

January  15: Accepting applications

April  15: Deadline for submissions

May 1: Accepted and declined artisans notified by email

May 31:  Artists booth fees due

BOOTH FEES // SET-UP // EVENT HOURS

  • 10’x10’   $250   
  • 20’x10’   $400 
  • 30’x10’   $575
  • 40'x10' $750

Corner upgrades are available for an additional $25 and are limited. If you are interested, please indicate so on your application. Booth sizes are listed in width x depth. Chairs, tables, and electricity are not provided nor available. Although not required we highly recommend offering cherry themed products. The largest booth may be configured to a 20'x20' booth.

While booth fees have seen a slight increase from previous years, we want to highlight that this adjustment is accompanied by a substantial addition of benefits provided by handMADE Montana. Your investment now not only supports your participation but also unlocks a range of significant advantages that enhance your overall experience and visibility at our events. We believe these added benefits contribute to the value and success of your presence with handMADE Montana.


SET-UP: Friday July 26 //  6 PM - 9 PM Saturday July 27 // 6 AM - 9 AM

Streets will remain closed at night with security.

SHOW HOURS // FRI July 27  9 AM - 5 PM // SAT July 28 10 AM- 3PM

All vendors are required to participate on both days of the event and must not dismantle their booths prematurely without obtaining prior permission. Ending early without authorization will have implications for future participation opportunities. Your adherence to this policy ensures a positive experience for all participants and contributes to the overall success of our events.

TAKE DOWN //  SUN 3 PM- 8 PM 

VENDOR BENEFITS 

Our shows stand out as the highlight of the season for many, and we go the extra mile to promote all our artists extensively on our website and social media platforms. Our customers appreciate the opportunity to pre-shop the vendors, strategically planning their shopping day. This unique feature sets us apart from other handmade markets, providing an added benefit that enhances the overall experience for both artists and attendees.

INCLUDED

We are adding significant benefits to the vendors participating in this year's Flathead Cherry Festival.

  • A well-organized event that attracts over 8,000 customers eager to buy handcrafted products and meet you, the artist!
  • *NEW* Product image, business name, and links on our website 
  • *NEW* A landing page with more detailed information about your business, including links to a website, Facebook, and Instagram. EXAMPLE PAGE
  • Promotional event graphics you can use on your Instagram account, Facebook page, or website   
  • *NEW* Name tag and other great swag
     

PROMOTION

All of our events are very well attended, and we work hard to bring in a variety of customers. In addition to our website, Facebook, and Instagram pages, we advertise our events well in advance using these methods:    

  • Printed media —5000 rack cards, 500 posters, 5,000 mini cards
  • Advertisements in local papers and magazines
  • Radio spots
  • Social Media—Facebook & Instagram Ads
  • Calendar Listings—newspaper, online, and magazines

Accommodations

We are committed to collaborating with the City of Polson to facilitate dry camping exclusively for vendors. Upon receiving your acceptance email, you will receive detailed instructions on how to reserve a camping spot. Additionally, for local vendors with available space, we encourage the option of offering homestays to fellow participants. 


 

The Flathead Cherry Festival has become a highlight for those who relish the area’s beauty, and its popularity is rising. We are proud of the positive impact noticed by the community last year, and we look forward to further elevating the festival experience, all while enjoying some delicious fresh cherry pie! As stewards of this beloved event, we are injecting new energy and innovative ideas, promising an even more exciting experience for attendees. Our commitment to enhancing the festival’s quality is evident as we curate various high-caliber vendors. The two-day extravaganza promises a delightful celebration, with the vibrant atmosphere around Flathead Lake adding to the festivities.

Polson, MT  // July 27-28  // Main Street

handMADE Montana cordially invites you to submit your application for participation as a non-profit, school group, or club  in the 25th annual Flathead Cherry Festival. Join us during the last weekend of July as we commemorate the cherry harvest, showcasing the talents of artists, delectable food offerings, local businesses, and fostering a sense of community. Your presence will contribute to the vibrancy of this cherished event.

The Flathead Cherry Festival is presented by HandMADE Montana— a professional organization for art & handcrafted goods. We organize events, provide resources to artists, and encourage growth and support in our community efforts.

APPLYING

This application is for commercial businesses that don't make the products they are selling. We have separate applications if you are an artist, non profit, or food vendor. We will be looking into the products or services that you are selling to make sure they are a good fit for the Flathead Cherry Festival event. All commercial booths are located on 4th Ave off of Main Street. Preference will be given to local businesses. 

HOW TO APPLY

1. Fill out the online application

2. Upload images ( up to 5 product shots and one booth (a set-up of what your goods look like)

3. Pay the application fee*

*The application fee is waived until March 1st to encourage early applications after which there is a non-refundable $10 application fee to have your work juried for the Flathead Cherry Festival. All pictures MUST be included with your application to be considered. If you are a non-profit looking to have a booth, we have a separate application available.


IMPORTANT DATES

January  15: Accepting applications

April  15: Deadline for submissions

May 1: Accepted and declined artisans notified by email

May 31:  Artists booth fees due

BOOTH FEES // SET-UP // EVENT HOURS

  • 10’x10’   $250   Non-profit $125 // School Group or Club: $75
  • 20’x10’   $400  Non-profit $200 // School Group or Club: $100

 Booth sizes are listed in width x depth. Chairs, tables, and electricity are not provided nor available.   All non-profit and school group booths will be located on 4th Ave. The reduced booth rate for registered non-profits  (501(c)3) is to help local organizations raise funds and bring awareness to their missions. Businesses donating a portion of sales to a non-profit do not qualify and should pay for a full-priced booth.

While booth fees have seen a slight increase from previous years, we want to highlight that this adjustment is accompanied by a substantial addition of benefits provided by handMADE Montana. Your investment now not only supports your participation but also unlocks a range of significant advantages that enhance your overall experience and visibility at our events. We believe these added benefits contribute to the value and success of your presence with handMADE Montana.


SET-UP: Friday July 26 //  6 PM - 9 PM Saturday July 27 // 6 AM - 9 AM

Streets will remain closed at night with security.

SHOW HOURS // FRI July 27  9 AM - 5 PM // SAT July 28 10 AM- 3PM

All vendors are required to participate on both days of the event and must not dismantle their booths prematurely without obtaining prior permission. Ending early without authorization will have implications for future participation opportunities. Your adherence to this policy ensures a positive experience for all participants and contributes to the overall success of our events.

TAKE DOWN //  SUN 3 PM- 8 PM 

VENDOR BENEFITS 

Our shows stand out as the highlight of the season for many, and we go the extra mile to promote all our artists extensively on our website and social media platforms. Our customers appreciate the opportunity to pre-shop the vendors, strategically planning their shopping day. This unique feature sets us apart from other handmade markets, providing an added benefit that enhances the overall experience for both artists and attendees.

INCLUDED

We are adding significant benefits to the vendors participating in this year's Flathead Cherry Festival.

  • A well-organized event that attracts over 8,000 customers eager to buy handcrafted products and meet you, the artist!
  • *NEW* Product image, business name, and links on our website 
  • *NEW* A landing page with more detailed information about your business, including links to a website, Facebook, and Instagram. EXAMPLE PAGE
  • Promotional event graphics you can use on your Instagram account, Facebook page, or website   
  • *NEW* Name tag and other great swag
     

PROMOTION

All of our events are very well attended, and we work hard to bring in a variety of customers. In addition to our website, Facebook, and Instagram pages, we advertise our events well in advance using these methods:    

  • Printed media —5000 rack cards, 500 posters, 5,000 mini cards
  • Advertisements in local papers and magazines
  • Radio spots
  • Social Media—Facebook & Instagram Ads
  • Calendar Listings—newspaper, online, and magazines


 


  The Flathead Cherry Festival has become a highlight for those who relish the area’s beauty, and its popularity is rising. We are proud of the positive impact noticed by the community last year, and we look forward to further elevating the festival experience, all while enjoying some delicious fresh cherry pie! As stewards of this beloved event, we are injecting new energy and innovative ideas, promising an even more exciting experience for attendees. Our commitment to enhancing the festival’s quality is evident as we curate various high-caliber vendors. The two-day extravaganza promises a delightful celebration, with the vibrant atmosphere around Flathead Lake adding to the festivities.

Polson, MT  // July 27-28  // Main Street

handMADE Montana cordially invites you to submit your application for participation as a food vendor in the 25th annual Flathead Cherry Festival. Join us during the last weekend of July as we commemorate the cherry harvest, showcasing the talents of artists, delectable food offerings, local businesses, and fostering a sense of community. Your presence will contribute to the vibrancy of this cherished event.

The Flathead Cherry Festival is presented by HandMADE Montana— a professional organization for art & handcrafted goods. We organize events, provide resources to artists, and encourage growth and support in our community efforts.

APPLYING

This application is for those selling food items in one of three categories:

  • Off-Site Food (baked goods, jams & jellies, sauces, honey, etc)
  • On-Site (food truck, beverages, etc)
  • Cherry orchard

You must submit a copy of your food license, temporary food service, or cottage food permit after you have been accepted and uploaded with your contract.  Information and how to apply can be found online. You can contact Anna Baxter at Lake County Environmental Health with any questions.

Cherries sold at the Flathead Cherry Festival must be commercially acceptable, quality fruit from orchards within the legally established Pest Control District located in Lake and Flathead Counties.  To protect Flathead cherries' reputation and commercial value, fruit must be free of Western cherry fruit fly (WCFF) infestation. Cherry vendors may be asked to provide written evidence of steps taken to control an infestation of the WCFF in their orchards.

HOW TO APPLY

1. Fill out the online application

2. Upload images ( up to 5 product shots and one booth (a set-up of what your goods look like)

3. Pay the application fee*

*The application fee is waived until March 1st to encourage early applications after which there is a non-refundable $10 application fee to have your work juried for the Flathead Cherry Festival. All pictures MUST be included with your application to be considered. If you are a non-profit looking to have a booth, we have a separate application available.

IMPORTANT DATES

January  15: Accepting applications

April  15: Deadline for submissions

May 1: Accepted and declined artisans notified by email

May 31:  Artists booth fees due

BOOTH FEES // SET-UP // EVENT HOURS

  • 10’x10’   $250   Cherry Orchard: $150
  • 20’x10’  $400   Cherry Orchard $300
  • 30’x10’  (or food truck)  $575 

Corner upgrades are available for an additional $25 and are limited. If you are interested, please indicate so on your application. Booth sizes are listed in width x depth. Chairs, tables, and electricity are not provided nor available. Although not required we highly recommend offering cherry themed products. 

We will have two food courts again this year on either end of 3rd Avenue to help with better traffic flow. If you are bringing a generator, you must use an inverter generator. The Honda Quiet Series is a good example of one. All pop-up tents MUST BE PROPERLY WEIGHTED DOWN. You will be allowed to have one additional tent per food truck or 10x10 for customers waiting under to stay out of the sun. 

While booth fees have seen a slight increase from previous years, we want to highlight that this adjustment is accompanied by a substantial addition of benefits provided by handMADE Montana. Your investment now not only supports your participation but also unlocks a range of significant advantages that enhance your overall experience and visibility at our events. We believe these added benefits contribute to the value and success of your presence with handMADE Montana.

 SET-UP: Friday July 26 //  6 PM - 9 PM Saturday July 27 // 6 AM - 9 AM

Streets will remain closed at night with security.

SHOW HOURS // FRI July 27  9 AM - 5 PM // SAT July 28 10 AM- 3PM

All vendors are required to participate on both days of the event and must not dismantle their booths prematurely without obtaining prior permission. Ending early without authorization will have implications for future participation opportunities. Your adherence to this policy ensures a positive experience for all participants and contributes to the overall success of our events.

TAKE DOWN //  SUN 3 PM- 8 PM 

VENDOR BENEFITS 

Our shows stand out as the highlight of the season for many, and we go the extra mile to promote all our artists extensively on our website and social media platforms. Our customers appreciate the opportunity to pre-shop the vendors, strategically planning their shopping day. This unique feature sets us apart from other handmade markets, providing an added benefit that enhances the overall experience for both artists and attendees.

INCLUDED

We are adding significant benefits to the vendors participating in this year's Flathead Cherry Festival.

  • A well-organized event that attracts over 8,000 customers eager to buy handcrafted products and meet you, the artist!
  • *NEW* Product image, business name, and links on our website 
  • *NEW* A landing page with more detailed information about your business, including links to a website, Facebook, and Instagram. EXAMPLE PAGE
  • Promotional event graphics you can use on your Instagram account, Facebook page, or website   
  • *NEW* Name tag and other great swag  

PROMOTION

All of our events are very well attended, and we work hard to bring in a variety of customers. In addition to our website, Facebook, and Instagram pages, we advertise our events well in advance using these methods:    

  • Printed media —5000 rack cards, 500 posters, 5,000 mini cards
  • Advertisements in local papers and magazines
  • Radio spots
  • Social Media—Facebook & Instagram Ads
  • Calendar Listings—newspaper, online, and magazines

Accommodations

We are committed to collaborating with the City of Polson to facilitate dry camping exclusively for vendors. Upon receiving your acceptance email, you will receive detailed instructions on how to reserve a camping spot. Additionally, for local vendors with available space, we encourage the option of offering homestays to fellow participants. 

MADE FAIR SPONSORSHIP

The MADE fair is an artist & handcrafted market featuring local and regional artists. Our juried events feature over 200 skilled artisans as well as a handful of non-profits. Our curated collection of artisans represents the best of the best Montana has to offer and both the artist and customer experience is top notch. Our show was recently listed as one of the best holiday shows in the country!

We estimate over $250,000 is spent during the 7 hour show and over 8,000 customers walk through the doors. Our average customer is female, age 22-45. They are interested in keeping their dollars local and appreciate quality workmanship. They may be a mother, a professor, or a creative spirit who brings a handful of her friends to shop with her. They will post a selfie on Facebook or Instagram at the show of her most recent find and add the hash tag #madeinmontana or #supportyourlocalartist. After the big day is over they will go out to dinner at their favorite downtown restaurant and grab a local brew to celebrate the day. By knowing this customer, our marketing dollars are well spent by strategically utilizing social-media, as this is how our main demographic receives their information. We have over 4700 active Facebook followers and an emailing list of 1500 customers. We reach our target market via radio, Facebook, email campaigns, print media, and disperse over 500 posters and 5,000 postcards in Missoula, Helena, and surrounding communities.

This is one of the largest artisan markets in Montana and a great way to reach potential customers. The benefits of being a sponsor go beyond the physical printed promotional items and are long lasting. By supporting the MADE fair and all it offers (to both customers & artists), you can secure your position in the local community. We are seeking money and in-kind sponsorship to help offset the cost of the event and our marketing efforts. Please consider becoming a sponsor, we appreciate the communities support in helping to make the summer and holiday MADE fairs a success.

Benefits of each sponsorship level are listed in addition to what events are covered. Prior marketing materials and additional information available upon request. 

The MADE fairs are presented by HandMADE Montana— a professional organization for art & handcrafted goods. We organize events (MADE fairs & workshops), provide resources to artists, and encourage growth and support in our community efforts. The event is organized by Carol Lynn Lapotka (REcreate designs), and  Courtney Blazon  with assistance from MADE fair ambassadors and local artists.

SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES

FRIEND $125

SHOW BENEFITS // SINGLE SHOW

Get your feet wet ,and throw your hat in the ring with this introductory level of sponsorship. Your business logo and link will appear on the Sponsored by page on the handMADE Montana website as well as one social mention of your choice (Facebook, Instagram, or blog post). We will throw in a big-ole high five the next time we see you as well.

SOCIAL BUTTERFLY $250

SHOW BENEFITS // SINGLE SHOW

Spread your social wings and fly at this level of sponsorship. Your business will receive 1 dedicated Facebook, Instagram, and blog posts with images, descriptions, and links to your online presence. You will also be given a solid shout out on a web blast prior to the event. Your business logo and link on the Sponsored by page on the handMADE Montana website.

SIDEKICK $500

SHOW BENEFITS  // HOLIDAY & SUMMER // ANNUAL SPONSORSHIP 

We are always looking for some extra help from our trusty sidekicks. Benefits to this level include all that is offered as a SOCIAL BUTTERFLY as well as a small logo on promotional materials including 5000+ postcards (for each event/location), 500 posters, and 1500 rack cards distributed throughout Missoula, Helena, and surrounding areas. 

SUPERHERO $1000

SHOW BENEFITS  // HOLIDAY & SUMMER // ANNUAL SPONSORSHIP 

You are a rockstar, and all that is super and heroic. We appreciate all that you do to help save the day. Benefits at this level include all that is offered as a SIDEKICK, but  you will also get your logo on all email blasts, MADE fair pages on the handMADE Montana website, radio advertisement mentions, and a vinyl banner hung the weekend of the event.  

MASTER of the UNIVERSE $2500  

SHOW BENEFITS  // HOLIDAY & SUMMER // ANNUAL SPONSORSHIP 

You have it all figured out, and know that helping us, helps you. Your business is dedicated to supporting local and community efforts, and sees the MADE fair as an event that is in line with what you stand for. Benefits at this level include all that is offered as a SUPER HERO, but also include being our key sponsor.  What does that mean?  Your business will stand out with a largest logo, and up-front-and -center of it all. You will also be sponsoring 1 artist booth per event via a scholarship program and you have the option to have 1 6x10 booth to promote your business.




The handMADE Montana retail shop is filled with over 80 local & regional artists' modern handcrafted goods. We are interested in discovering a few new artists and giving them the opportunity to sell their items in the store as well as possible online sales. Typically we handpick MADE fair artists, and since we were not able to see everyone in person this year, we are casting a virtual net to find some new ones to add to the shop for the holiday season and beyond. 

If you are interested in being considered, please fill out this submission and upload some images of your best-selling works. Think of this as an audition of sorts and tell us why you would be a great addition to the store and how your products are unique.  Currently, it is a brick & mortar shop, but we are adding new products to our website daily and looking forward to expanding the selection of goods we offer. 

Benefits of being a handMADE Montana Retail Shop Artist

• The shop operates on a 60% (artist) 40% (commission), and checks are sent out monthly.

Meet the Artist Series blog, FB, IG posts

Online product selling options

• Exposure to local and tourist traffic visiting Polson, MT (It is a lot during the summer)

First Friday opportunities

• Options to teach small workshops



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