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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.


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 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. 

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. 


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

May 1             Deadline for submissions

May 15           Accepted and declined non-profits notified by email

June 1            Non-Profit booth fees due




10’ x 5’  $15 (main floor)

12’ x 8’ $30 (upstairs)

12’ x 12’ $45 (main floor)


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.