1.) Who can sell at Maker Fair Minnesota? The Maker Fair is open to any handcrafted artisan. Only handcrafted artisans are invited to sell their own unique creations at the event. Mass produced, third party sellers are not accepted. We ask the artisans themselves sell at the event and not their representatives. Sellers under age 18 must register and be accompanied by an adult.
2.) How can I register as a handcrafted seller? Handcrafted artisan registration and payment can be completed online (a $5.00 surcharge will be added to online payments). Manual payment must be received within 7 business days or your application will be denied. All vendors must submit their ST-19’s within 7 business days. Maker Fair Mn will send out confirmations to all vendors when we receive all properly completed paperwork.
3.) What is the registration fee and what does it cover? The booth fee for a handcrafted artisan is $55 for a 6’ deep x 10’ wide indoor space, $70.00 for an 8’ deep x 10’ wide indoor space, or $85.00 for a single indoor space of 10’ deep x 10’ wide. Makers may also sell in an 11’ x 11’ outdoor space for $65 (limit 2). Outside sellers must provide their own tent/shelter. Registration fees cover your assigned space(s), access to your space the day before and the day of the event, and designated vendor parking. Each vendor will receive two parking passes per application. This is a rain or shine event!
4.) Can I share a booth space? Handcrafted artisans may share a single or double booth space as long as all sellers are listed on the registration form. Each space must be covered by a ST19 Form or Occasional Tax Exemption.
5.) What do I have to provide at my booth? Sellers must provide their own table or displays to fit within their assigned space. We have a limited amount of 8’ x 2’ tables that may be rented for indoor spaces only (limit of 2 tables can be rented per single indoor space). No chair provided. Electricity access is $10 per space and should be indicated on your registration form. Please remember to bring your own extension cord and power strip.
6.) When is Maker Fair Minnesota and what time can I set up? Maker Fair Minnesota is 9am – 4pm Saturday, October 13, 2018. Artisans can set up their booths the afternoon the day before on Friday, October 12th , from 11am – 6pm and the morning of the event Saturday, October 13th, from 6:45am – 8:45am. Please do not drive into the buildings. All vehicles and trailers must be moved to vendor parking by 8am Saturday morning. To avoid congestion during setup, please unload and move your vehicle prior to setting up your displays. All sellers must be completely set up at least 15 minutes prior to the opening of the event and stay until it ends at 4pm. Booths are not to be taken down until after 4pm. No unauthorized vehicles will be allowed in the selling area prior to the end of the event. Any vendor who takes down their booth and stops selling prior to 4pm will not be allowed back to sell at future Maker Fair Minnesota events.
7.) Where is Maker Fair Minnesota and is the event accessible? Maker Fair Minnesota will be held at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds in Saint Peter, MN. This beautiful venue is located in Nicollet County and accommodates all of our attendees and vendors. There is ample parking, no stairs, and easily accessible restrooms.
8.) Is Maker Fair Minnesota kid-friendly? Maker Fair Minnesota is a family event! In addition to the handcrafted artisans, we offer adult and kids make-and-take crafts, kids goodie bags, and food vendors. There is no childcare provided at the event and children are to be supervised by adults.
9.) How will Maker Fair Minnesota be advertised? Maker Fair Minnesota 2018 will be advertised on websites and social media, in regional newspapers and magazines, on hundreds of posters and flyers, signs, and on the radio. Makers are also sent promotional flyers to distribute in their communities. Sellers are encouraged to allow event organizers to use photos of their handcrafted items on the website, social media, and in media press releases.
10.) How do the Goodie Bags work? To encourage early attendance, the first 50 adult shoppers at Maker Fair Minnesota will receive a free Goodie Bag filled with freebies from our artisans and sponsors. To encourage afternoon attendance, the first 50 kids to line up at the designated time in the afternoon will receive a free Goodie Bag filled with freebies also contributed by our artisans and sponsors. Contributing to the Goodie Bags is optional. The bags are a big hit and a great way to engage shoppers. Maker Fair Minnesota will provide a sign to each vendor that contributes to these bags to display at their site. Take this opportunity to provide samples, coupons, or business cards to encourage shopping at your booth. If you donate to the Goodie Bags please have your items ready when you check in either during set up the day before the event or the morning of the event before 8:00am.
11.) What is the anticipated attendance at Maker Fair Minnesota? The event welcomed over 200 handcrafted and food vendors and over 4,000 customers in 2017. We’ve already experiencing lots of excitement and anticipation for 2018! We’re looking forward to another fantastic year.
12) Where do I send payment/forms? Please send the ST19 or the Isolated Occasional Sales Tax Exemption Statement along with your payment (if you haven’t paid online) within one week of your registration. Send these items to:
Maker Fair MN
PO Box 4245
Mankato, MN 56002
13.) Who can I contact if I have questions? Please contact Maker Fair Minnesota by one of the following ways:
Contact page on the event website: www.makerfairmn.com