Are you interested in becoming a craft vendor? Let us know who you are, where you are from, and what you sell. Here is the schedule for the weekend:
Thursday, Nov. 29: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm Load In/Set-up
(You can stay later, but must be in the building by 9:00 pm.)
Friday, Nov. 30: 7:00 am – 8:30 am Load In/Set-up
9:00 am (SHARP) – 3:00 pm School Groups and Senior Groups
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm General Public
Saturday, Dec. 1: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm General Public
Sunday, Dec. 2: 9:00 am – 10:00 am Vendor Appreciation Breakfast (in Food Court)
10:00 am – 5:00 pm General Public
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Load Out
PLEASE NOTE: All exhibitors are required to have their displays open during all of the above hours, unless exceptions have been arranged in advance. You must stay open until the close of the show at 5 p.m. Sunday.
REGARDING THE FACILITY: The Champlain Valley Expo Center is a modern, one-story convention facility on Rt. 15 in Essex Jct., VT. We are in North Hall at the far end of the building. Please follow signs to parking/load-in area.
REGARDING SCHOOL GROUPS: Last year we had about 2000 children for School Day, the largest number ever. School groups are being scheduled to avoid crowding, and will be well chaperoned, but it will still be very crowded! It is important that each booth reflects the cultures it represents in an educational way. Students will be given “passports” at the door and will expect to have those stamped (or in some way marked) at your booth. A rubber stamp can be made easily before you come, or you can print out sheets of small address labels on your computer with the name of your country. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT STAFF AT YOUR BOOTH TO HANDLE THIS PROCESS, PLEASE CONTACT THIS OFFICE IMMEDIATELY FOR A VOLUNTEER.
Please put some thought into the appearance of your booth. Your tent frame or pipe and drape walls are part of your booth and should be covered with maps, posters or other decorative items. Blank walls detract from the overall atmosphere we are working hard to create at the Festival. Once again, we are holding a contest for the most attractive craft booth at the festival – the prize will be a free single booth at next year’s event!!
You are encouraged to wear a national costume in your booth (even a t-shirt from your country is better than street clothes), and to invite conversation with visitors about your region and products. If you can offer students a simple photocopied hand-out with information about your region or culture, it would be appreciated. The hand-outs will also be of interest to the general public during the rest of the weekend. Vendors should keep in mind that the students are on a very limited budget, so it is a very good idea to gear your booth toward their interests and pocketbooks ($1-$5, occasionally up to $10) if you want to encourage sales during the day on Friday. There will be ample time (from 3-5 p.m.) to switch over some of your merchandise for the remainder of the weekend.
REGARDING YOUR PRODUCTS: You have been chosen to participate because you are representing a unique culture from somewhere in the world. Please make sure that everything you exhibit is a genuine craft of your country. If you exhibit items that are inappropriate, you will be asked to remove them.
REGARDING HOUSING: There are several hotels in Colchester that are not more than 5 miles from the Exposition Center. Check the internet for Day’s Inn, Motel 6, Quality Inn, Handy’s Extended Stay, etc.
OTHER NOTES: We hold an hourly raffle of door prizes, and ask each commercial vendor to set aside one gift of approximately $10 value for this purpose. This will also give us the chance to showcase each vendor individually when their item is raffled.