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. The event is organized by Carol Lynn Lapotka {REcreate designs} and  Courtney Blazon, with assistance from MADE fair ambassadors and local artists.

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


MADE fair Marketplace 
Western Montana Fair

August 7-12 // 2018

The NEW MADE fair Marketplace at the Western Montana Fairgrounds will showcase over 65 artisans per day in the historic commercial building.  In addition to featuring artists we will also be hosting three additional booths: a local non-profit, an artist in residence, and a make & take zone. The MADE fair Marketplace will be heavily promoted as a new attraction at the fair in addition to free admission. Last year’s attendance was over 86K and equally spread throughout the run of the fair. 

The MADE fair Marketplace at the Western Montana Fair is presented by HandMADE Montana. We are an organization for artisans and makers. We organize events (MADE fairs & workshops), provide resources to artists, and encourage growth and support in our community efforts. Our mission is to increase awareness of handmade goods as an alternative to mass-produced items and support local and regional small craft business by providing a place to sell their goods. We provide opportunities to artists of all levels—the hobbyist to the seasoned professional.  Our events have grown in size of the years and are very well attended and seen as a great place to shop and connect with local artists.



Over the past five years, we have been working with local non-profits at our events to provide a space for them to present information on the work they do as well as host an interactive display or hands on activity. We will invite one non-profit per day to participate in the MADE fair Marketplace and encourage interaction with the local community.


Everyone enjoys seeing how things are made and are often curious about the creative process. The artist in residence booth will feature a local artisan working on his or her craft demonstrating how they do what they do as well as provide a space to showcase and sell what they make. This booth will be a 1-2 day commitment and selected via an application process.


Based on the demographic of those attending the Western Montana Fair, we feel it is important to host a Make & Take Zone for kiddos of all ages. We will be working with local businesses and non-profits to bring in scheduled activities that range from arts and crafts to tech driven projects. We look forward to getting community involvement as part of the MADE fair Marketplace. 


Community support for all of our events is what helps to make them great. Non-profits play a big roll 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 reduce 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. Because we know non-profits are busy doing the great work they do, we are asking for a 1-day only commitment to be a part of the MADE fair Marketplace. 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. 


1. Fill out the online application

2. Upload images & logo



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 and 500+ posters, and 2,500 mini cards

• Radio spots

• Social Media—Facebook & Instagram Ads

• Web Ads— Missoulaevents.net

• Calendar Listings—newspaper, online, and magazines

• Digital & printed floor plan maps


February 1        Accepting applications

April 15               Deadline for submissions

May 1                  Accepted and declined non-profits notified by email

May 15                non-profit booth fees due



Tuesday will have a reduced booth fee due to the shorter day. Wed-Sunday will be the same amount. The Non-proift booth will be for 1 day per organization.

10’ x 5’  $40

10’ x 10’ $75


MONDAY   August 6  10am- 8pm

TUESDAY  August 7   8am-open

Vendors will be able to unload 7am-10am daily due to the nature of the rotating artists booths.


TUESDAY   August 7 5pm-9pm

WED-SAT   August 8-11 11am-9pm

SUNDAY    August 12  11am-8pm


The show hours go quite late and you will be allowed to take down beginning at 9pm on the evening you are done with your booth. You will be able to load out the following morning. Once the fair is over, the main take down and loading of your vehicle will be Monday, August 13th. 8am-8pm.