MADE fair Marketplace
Western Montana Fair
August 7-12 // 2018
The NEW MADE fair Marketplace at the Western
Montana Fair will showcase over 65 artisans per day in the historic commercial
building on the fairgrounds. 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.
DETAILS // APPLYING // IMPORTANT DATES
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 a 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 3 booth sizes available: 10’ x 5’, 10’ x 10’, and 20’ x 10’ 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.
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.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
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.
MAKE & TAKE ZONE
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. 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 Marketpalce. 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.
HOW TO APPLY
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!
• 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
•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
• 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
April 15 Deadline
May 1 Accepted
and declined artisans notified by email
May 15 Artists
booth fees due
// SET-UP // EVENT HOURS
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.
10’ x 5’ Tues $25 | Wed-Sun $45
10’ x 10’ Tues $40 | Wed-Sun $75
20’ x 10’ Tues $75 | Wed-Sun $140
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.