Ends on April 30, 2018


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. Local & regional artists and makers are encouraged to apply to be a part of this new endeavor 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 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.



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 6 artists will be selected via an application process. If you are interested in having an artist booth in addition, this booth will count towards the 2-day commitment.


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.


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.


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. 


• 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


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 artisans notified by email

May 15                Artists in Residence Contract due



We will be featuring 6 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. Tuesday will have a reduced booth fee due to the shorter day. Wed-Sunday will be the same amount. Artists will be required to participate a minimum of 2 consecutive days. If you are selected to be an Artist in Residence, it counts towards the 2-day commitment. 

10’ x 5’ Tues $25 | Wed-Sun $45 | Artist in Residence $0

10’ x 10’ Tues $40 | Wed-Sun $75 | Artist in Residence $0

20’ x 10’ Tues $75 | Wed-Sun $140 (not available for Artist in Residence)


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.

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