Craft Vendors & Exhibitors
2015 APPLICATION INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES
Applications deadline: Aug. 31, 2015
Team Louie Bluie appreciates your interest in bringing your finely crafted handiwork to our festival's visitors.
This is a juried craft event, which means your application will be reviewed by a committee to determine the best fit for our festival. True crafters have to work hard to compete with the buy/sell items on the market, therefore by transitioning to a juried application we hope to better provide a venue that is true to our mission.
Individual artists, or craft or art nonprofit groups, school art clubs, or groups whose mission is related to crafts or art are considered prospective vendors, as well as book authors whose material reflects the heritage and culture of the Appalachian voice. Crafters who are juried members of a recognized guild, such as Foothills Craft Guild, Southern Highlands Guild, Appalachian Arts & Crafts Center, etc. are automatically accepted and should so note their membership in the appropriate space on the application.
Hallmarks of quality such as originality, craftsmanship, design, material selection, and appropriateness to the Appalachian tradition is our criteria. This makes visual evidence of your craft(s) mandatory. Failure to attach or include photos and/or website presentation means your application will be rejected. Please don't overlook this not only very important but necessary component of the application process.
There is a maximum number of spaces for craft vendors. If these are filled before your application is received, we hope you'll apply again in 2016.
If chosen, you will be contacted via the method you indicate in the application. Booth fees are due after you receive notice of acceptance, with full payment within two weeks (14 days) as the final step in the process. Booth fees are due immediately from applicants who are members of juried craft guilds.
Submit an application using your choice of these two methods:
• Online - Submit application online by filling in all information below. Applications dated September 1 or later will not be accepted. You must submit pictures of all the crafts you plan to bring. Payment isn't due until you've been notified of acceptance. Payment options are listed below.
• By mail - Download and print out application to fill out by hand. Please write legibly. Applications postmarked September 1 or later will not be accepted. Mail applications to P. O. Box 686, LaFollette, TN 37766, and include photos with your application. Payment is not due until you've been notified of acceptance.
All accepted vendors may choose to pay their fee online using a credit card, or by mailing a check. If online, click here. If mailing a check, make it out to Campbell Culture Coalition (the non-profit festival organizer), identify your craft name if your payment carries a different identiy, and mail within 14 days of acceptance.
BEST DECORATED BOOTH
The Festival will honor one vendor with a "best-decorated" booth award! The winning booth will have a big blue ribbon posted on it together with a "Best Decorated Booth" sign designed to attract the attention of festival attendees. Information about the winning booth will be announced from the performing stages, and a photo of the winner and his/her booth will be posted on the festival website. Winning Crafter will get a full refund of the entry fee!
CRAFT VENDOR GUIDELINES
Requirements for Jurying: The Craft Village Committee of the Louie Bluie Music & Arts Festival will review the applications. Eligible exhibits include all products or services created by hand, preferably in the Appalachian crafter tradition. This includes book authors whose material reflects the heritage and culture of the Appalachian voice. Athough Festival management reserves the right to accept other types of exhibits or vendors, preference will be given to applicants with finished goods or products that exhibit original designs and creations. No commercially manufactured merchandise, items purchased for resale other than accessories for production of hand made crafts, or items violating copyrights will be accepted. Home-based businesses selling commercial products do not qualify. Sale of live animals or plants is prohibited. Signage announcing "closeouts, etc." are prohibited.
Day of - The Committee reserves the right to reject applicants whose products do not meet Festival standards and to remove any exhibitors from the event, without return of booth fees, if it is determined they have not conformed to the rules and regulations of this contract.
Candidates for political office or representatives of political causes or parties DO NOT qualify as vendors. We do not allow political or religious handouts.
FEE: This is a straight fee only opportunity. $60 per 10 x 10 ft booth space, limit 2 spaces.
SALES TAX: The Festival is a service project of the CCC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. We are not responsible for nor do we collect sales tax. It is your responsibility to comply with state sales tax law.
TENTS: All vendors must be under a tent because weather is a factor at this outdoor event. All spaces are 10’ x 10’. Vendors must provide their own tent(s), tables, shelving, chairs, and signs. Vendors must erect their own tents. If your tent is larger than 10' x 10', you must rent two spaces. The area around the booth space must be kept free of litter.
FOOD & BEVERAGES: Food & Beverage Vendors have exclusive rights to sell these items and distribute samples. Food and beverages may not be sold or distributed by craft vendors or non-profit organizations. You may bring a cooler and keep drinks & food in your vendor space for your personal consumption.
PARKING PERMITS: Selling or swapping your space is not allowed. Permits are sent ONLY to the person/address on the application on record. Each vendor is entitled to one parking permit. If yours is an organization, only one representative will receive parking permits. Contact Craft Village Co-Chairs to request a second. Parking permits and other information will be sent via postal mail approximately two weeks before festival. Your booth space location will be available when you arrive on the grounds.
VEHICLE ACCESS: No vehicles are allowed inside the fenced festival area during festival hours. Rules of the Craft Village are the result of agreement between festival management and Tennessee State Parks management and are designed to ensure safety of everyone. Failure to comply, either by behavior or action, could result in forfeiture of space in subsequent Louie Bluie festivals.
Load in: Vendors may load in between 2 and 6 p.m. on Friday, September 25, or between 7 and 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 26. On arrival, all vehicles permitted on grounds must be offloaded and removed immediately. Vendors must be ready by 9:30 a.m. Festival gates open at 10 a.m.
Take down: Break-down of the Craft Village begins promptly at 6 p.m. You will receive instructions once your application is accepted or confirmed. Your tent and product inventory must be ready to load before you'll be given permission to bring your vehicle inside the fenced grounds. Festival staff will direct you when to retrieve your vehicle and where to enter and exit. Your vehicle will be escorted to the exit by Festival staff. Park Rangers will be monitoring traffic at all times as well. Please be respectful of others and drive cautiously.
Due to the close configuration of the craft area and pedestrian traffic, this plan will be strictly enforced by Festival staff and Park Rangers.
The mission of the Campbell Culture Coalition is to enhance cultural opportunities of the citizenry, preserve the culturally significant past, and support the cultural talents of our youth, who are our future.