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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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


1. Fill out the online application

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

3. Pay application fee


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!
  • 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


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


February 1     Accepting applications

May 1             Deadline for submissions

May 15           Accepted and declined artisans notified by email

June 1            Artists booth fees due




10’ x 5’  $50 (main floor, center row)

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


TUESDAY  August 6      10am- 8pm

WEDNESDAY  August 7   8am-open

DAILY    8am-open

Vendors will be able to unload 8am-10am daily, but will need to have vehicles moved by 10am.


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.


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.