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



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.




Missoula Summer MADE fair  2020 // June 21 // 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 when businesses grow and experience success, and we feel it is essential, at that point, to give way to other artists that are up and coming.  Our fans come year-after-year to see new artists, and we need to keep things fresh! Prior participation in shows does not guarantee acceptance in future events.


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. 

All of our events are juried, and we receive a substantial amount of applications above the available number of booth spaces. Please provide high-quality photos of products, booth set-up, and process shots to support your application. We can only jury on what we read, your images, and online presence.  


The MADE fair jury will be looking for unique products that fit the feel of the MADE fairs (funky, fun, functional) as well as variety and quality of work. Some categories are more competitive than others, such as jewelry, ceramics, and photography.
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 items.

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 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 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 —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’   $150  + Table ($5)  

20’x10’   $290 + 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 21 // Caras Park // downtown Missoula, MT 

Set-up:  Sunday 8 am-10 am*

Show hours: Sunday 10 am-5 pm  

Takedown: Sunday 5 pm-7 pm 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.    

*we do a crack-of-dawn set-up at 5am 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.   



Missoula Summer MADE fair  2020 // June 21 // 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
$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 handMADE Montana, 212 Main Street, Polson, MT 59860
 

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 21            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-5pm
                         Takedown: Sunday 5pm-7pm

Missoula Summer MADE fair
2020// June 21 // 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 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

NON-PROFIT BENEFITS
 

  • A well-organized event that attracts over 8,000+  customers eager to buy handcrafted products and meet the 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 a 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 21 // Caras Park // downtown Missoula, MT
Set-up:  Sunday 8am-10am
Show hours: Sunday 10am-5pm
Takedown: Sunday 5pm-7pm
 

handMADE Montana