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MAKE & TAKE ZONE 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

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. 


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 // MAKE & TAKE ZONE

We are excited to be offering a make & take zone for those attending the fair. Activities can range from arts & crafts, science/technology, or even building projects. Please keep in mind there could be a wide range of ages, skill levels, and varying lengths of time for those interested in participating. Your business or non-profit will be responsible for purchasing all the supplies you need, setting up/take down, staffing, and cleaning up your booth. There are 2 booth size options and are both free of charge!  We will be jurying all make & take booth applicaitons that apply to make sure they are a good fit for our event. 


HOW TO APPLY

  1. Fill out the online application.
  2. Upload project images.


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 vendors notified by email

June 1            Make & Take contracts due


BOOTH INFO // SET-UP // EVENT HOURS

10’ x 5’  $50 (main floor) // free for Make & Take

12' x 8'   $70 (upstairs) // free for Make & Take

12' x 12' $100 (main floor & upstairs) // $20 for Make & Take

 

SET-UP

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.


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.