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



Missoula Summer MADE fair
2019 // 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 made the decision to stay focused on products that are handcrafted by individuals or small groups of artisans in order to help them grow. We love when businesses grow and experience success and we feel it is important, at that point, to give way to other artists that are up and coming. It is important for the MADE fair’s 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 (funky, fun, functional) as well as 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 business by providing a place to sell their goods. 

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, and 1 booth image)

3. Pay application fee


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 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 8,000 + 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 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, and 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 —5,000 postcards, 2,500 rack cards, and 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


IMPORTANT DATES

February 1        Accepting applications

April 1               Deadline for submissions

April 15             Accepted and declined artisans notified by email

May 1                Artists booth fees due

 

BOOTH FEES // SET-UP // EVENT HOURS

4’ x 6’     $45

8’ x 6’     $75 + Table ($5)

10’x10’   $145  + Table ($5)

20’x10’   $270  + Table ($5)

Booth sizes are listed in width x depth. Chairs are provided and tables can be rented for $5 each and available for 8x6, 10x10, and 20 x10 booths ONLY.

June 23 // Caras Park // downtown Missoula, MT

Set-up:  Sunday 8am-10am
Show hours: Sunday 10am-5pm

Takedown: Sunday 5pm-7pm

We know that staying overnight at a hotel is not always in the budget and so we are going to work hard to facilitate artist home-stays and discounted hotel room options.


Missoula Summer MADE fair 

2019 // 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 // NON-PROFIT

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. 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

NON-PROFIT BENEFITS 

  • A well-organized event that attracts over 8,000+  customers eager to buy handcrafted products and meet the artists and non-profitst!
  • Non-profit image, business name, and links on our website
  • A landing page with more detailed information about your non-profit including links to 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, 2,500 rack cards, and 500 posters  
  • 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

 IMPORTANT DATES


February 1       Accepting applications
April 1              Deadline for submissions
April 15            Accepted and declined non-profits notified by email
May 1               Non-Profit booth fees due
 
BOOTH FEES // SET-UP // EVENT HOURS
4’ x 6’     $25
8’ x 6’     $40
10’x10’   $75

Booth sizes are listed in width x depth. Chairs are provided and tables can be reserved for 8x6 and 10x10 booths ONLY.

June 23 // Caras Park // downtown Missoula, MT
Set-up:  Sunday 8am-10am

Show hours: Sunday 10am-5pm

Takedown: Sunday 5pm-7pm

We know that staying overnight at a hotel is not always in the budget and so we are going to work hard to facilitate artist home-stays and discounted hotel room options.


 

Missoula Summer MADE fair
2019 // 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 slight higher fee based on length of vehicle and space needed.

FEES

$65   10' x 10'

$100 10' x 20' booth or food truck

$150 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: MADE fair, PO Box 1314, St. Ignatius, MT 59865

IMPORTANT DATES

February 1        Accepting applications for food vending

April 1               Deadline for submissions

April 15             Accepted and declined food vendors notified by email

May 1                Food Vending booth fees due

June 24           Set-up:  Food trucks must be in place by 7am, other food vendors can begin set up at 7am-10am

                         Show hours: Sunday 10am-5pm

                         Takedown: Sunday 5pm-7pm

ARTIST APPLICATION

MADE fair Marketplace
Western Montana Fair

August 7-11 // 2019


The MADE fair Marketplace at the Western Montana Fair will showcase over 65 artisans per day in the newly renovated Historic Commercial building on the fairgrounds. Local & regional artists and makers are encouraged to apply to be a part of this show in its second year and will be juried by a panel to make sure our curated collection of artisans represent Montana’s best of the best. 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 an award-winning attraction at the fair in addition to free admission. 

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 products. 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.


DETAILS // APPLYING // IMPORTANT DATES

ARTISTS
Since we try to provide opportunities to artists of all levels, we will be keeping booth fees low, have a variety of sizes available, and have gotten rid of the  2-day minimum commitment to participate. Artists are welcome (and encouraged) to book in for the whole event but will be able to try it out with a smaller time commitment as well.  There will be three booth sizes available: 10’ x 5’, 12’ x 8’, and 12' x 12’ utilizing both the downstairs and upstairs.  The revolving collection of artists will encourage those visiting the fair to come back and see what new artists are being showcased every day. 

Event Updates

• Shortening the length of the show to 5 days instead of 6

• Artists are welcome to apply for the whole thing or just a day! (changed from a 2-day commitment)

• Continuing with Artist in Residence, Non-Profit booths, and Make & Take activities

• Introducing 3 booth sizes: 10x5, 12x8 (upstairs), 12x12 (downstairs) to better reflect actual size

Building Updates

• A glass elevator on the west side of the building with the door facing the building's entrance.

•  A built-in ventilation system with huge fans driving air up through the cupolas. Should help it cool off nicely at night and keep it a little cooler during the day. 

• Restrooms within the building on the main floor

• LED lighting, track lights for booths, and upgraded electrics more outlets to what it has now. 


NON-PROFITS

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. There is a separate Non-Profit Application.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

Everyone enjoys seeing how things are made and are often curious about the creative process. The artist in residence booth will feature 6 (one each day) local artisans 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-day commitment and selected via an application process. There is a separate Artist in Residence Application.

MAKE & TAKE ZONE

Based on the demographics 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. There is a separate Make & Take Application.


APPLYING

We are encouraging a range of artists and makers to apply, but all items must be handcrafted by individuals or small groups of artisans and not mass produced. Our customers and fans expect high-quality, unique artists at our events and appreciate a range of prices from affordable to fine art.  We feature both local and regional artists, and all applications are considered during the jurying process. We will not be accepting food items as they conflict with the already established concessions at the fair.


APPLICATION FEE

There is a non-refundable $10 application fee to have your work juried for the MADE fair Marketplace. This fee and all pictures MUST be included with your application to be considered. If you are looking to apply to be one our featured booths (non-profit, artist in residence, or the make and take zone, please use this separate application instead. 


HOW TO APPLY

1. Fill out the online application

2. Upload images (5 product, 1-2 process, and 1 booth)

3. Pay application fee


ARTIST BENEFITS

For many, our shows are their best of their 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 shopping trip. 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 80,000+ customers eager to buy handcrafted products and meet you, the artist!

• A landing page with more detailed information about your business including product image,  links to your website, facebook, and Instagram

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

• Name tag and other great swag


Additional promotional opportunities

•Featured artist—Instagram & Facebook mentions, upgraded landing page, premium booth placement

• Raffle & Giveaway options


PROMOTION


All of our events 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



IMPORTANT DATES

February 1     Accepting applications

May 1             Deadline for submissions

May 15           Accepted and declined artisans notified by email

June 1            Artists booth fees due

 

BOOTH FEES // SET-UP // EVENT HOURS

DAILY BOOTH FEES & MEASUREMENTS (WIDTH X DEPTH)

10’ x 5’  $45 (main floor)

12' x 8'   $70 (upstairs)

12' x 12' $100 (main floor & upstairs)

24' x 12' $190 (main floor) 

Artists will be allowed to select multiple booth spaces upon applying if they need additional space


SET-UP

TUESDAY  August 6      10am- 8pm

WEDNESDAY, August 7   8am-open

Vendors will be able to unload 7am-10am daily, but will need to have vehicles moved by 10am.


SHOW HOURS

WED-SAT   August 7-10   11am-9pm*

SUNDAY    August 11      11am-8pm

*We are working to have the building close at 8pm or at least the upstairs to help with takedown and artists loading up there vehicles easier.


TAKE DOWN

The show hours go quite late, and you will be allowed to take down beginning at 9 pm*  in the evening  if you are done with your booth space. You will have the option load out that night or  the following morning. Once the fair is over, the main takedown and loading of your vehicle will be Monday, August 12th. 8am-8pm.

*We are working to have the building close at 8pm or at least the upstairs to help with takedown and artists loading up there vehicles easier.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE APPLICATION

MADE fair Marketplace
Western Montana Fair

August 7-11 // 2019

The MADE fair Marketplace at the Western Montana Fair will showcase over 65 artisans per day in the newly renovated Historic Commercial building on the fairgrounds. Local & regional artists and makers are encouraged to apply to be a part of this show in its second year and will be juried by a panel to make sure our curated collection of artisans represent Montana’s best of the best. 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 an award-winning attraction at the fair in addition to free admission. 

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 products. 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.

DETAILS // APPLYING // IMPORTANT DATES

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

Everyone enjoys seeing how things are made and are often curious about the creative process. The sponsored Artist in Residence booth will feature a different local artisan per day 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-day commitment and the 5 artists will be selected via an application process.


Event Updates

  • Shortening the length of the show to 5 days instead of 6
  • Artists are welcome to apply for the whole thing or just a day! (changed from a 2-day commitment)
  • Continuing with Artist in Residence, Non-Profit booths, and Make & Take activities
  • Introducing 4 booth sizes: 10x5, 12x8 (upstairs), 12x12 (downstairs) , 24 x 12 —to better reflect actual size

Building Updates

• A glass elevator on the west side of the building with the door facing the building's entrance.

•  A built-in ventilation system with huge fans driving air up through the cupolas. Should help it cool off nicely at night and keep it a little cooler during the day. 


APPLYING

We are encouraging a range of artists and makers to apply, but all items must be handcrafted by individuals or small groups of artisans and not mass produced. Our customers and fans expect high-quality unique artists at our events and appreciate a range of prices from affordable to fine art.  We feature both local and regional artists and all applications are considered during the jurying process. We will not be accepting food items as they conflict with the already established concessions at the fair. You must be able to demonstrate the work you do and not just a finishing process. Electricity is available free of charge.


HOW TO APPLY

  1. Fill out the online application
  2. Upload images (5 product & 2-3 process)

If you are wanting an artist booth, you must fill out the Artist Application in addition to the Artist in Residence Application.

ARTIST BENEFITS

For many, our shows are their best of their 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 shopping trip. 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 80,000+ 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 website, facebook, and instagram
  • Promotional event graphics you can use on your Instagram account, Facebook page, or website
  • Name tag and other great swag

Additional promotional opportunities

  • Featured artist—Instagram & Facebook mentions, upgraded landing page, premium booth placement


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 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


IMPORTANT DATES

February 1        Accepting applications

May 1                 Deadline for submissions

May 15               Accepted and declined artisans notified by email

June 1                Artists in Residence Contract due

 

BOOTH DETAILS // SET-UP // EVENT HOURS

We will be featuring 5 artists (one each day) at the Artist in Residence booth and are making it available free of charge. If you are interested in having a regular artist booth the fees are as follows. 

10’ x 5’  $45 (main floor) // Artist in Residence $0

12' x 8'   $70 (upstairs) // Artist in Residence $0

12' x 12' $100 (main floor & upstairs) 

24' x 12' $190 (main floor)


SET-UP


TUESDAY         August 6      10am- 8pm

WEDNESDAY   August 7   8am-open

Vendors will be able to unload 7am-10am daily, but will need to have vehicles moved by 10am.

SHOW HOURS

WED-SAT   August 7-10   11am-9pm*

SUNDAY    August 11      11am-8pm

*We are working to have the building close at 8pm or at least the upstairs to help with takedown and artists loading up there vehicles easier.

TAKE DOWN

The show hours go quite late, and you will be allowed to take down beginning at 9 pm*  in the evening  if you are done with your booth space. You will have the option load out that night or  the following morning. Once the fair is over, the main takedown and loading of your vehicle will be Monday, August 12th. 8am-8pm.

*We are working to have the building close at 8pm or at least the upstairs to help with takedown and artists loading up there vehicles easier.

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.


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