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Why a Craft Fair? Supporting local/regional art, artisans and crafters needs to be held in high regard. What people make on the Adirondack Coast is special and is often not found anywhere else in the world. Its part of our regional identity!!!! It is an honor for us to step up and create this opportunity and continue the momentum.
The Fall 2021 Show Statistics:
Can I bring stuff in from China (or some other place)? ABSOLUTELY NOT. This show is for our regional artisans. The stuff you sell must be made here. Any violation of this will result in immediate removal from the show without a refund. Not sure if your stuff qualifies? Ask before you register! (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How many booths can I get? You can get up to two booths per show, if space permits. If you register for more, you will be removed from the show.
Can I pick my booth? No. Because there's no real fair way to do it. I get it though--it's important to know where you're going to be, and whether you get a "good" spot. I believe that every spot in the Civic Center is a good spot, especially if its full of people. And, every spot is a good spot if your products are attractive and your "store" is set up to appeal to customers. Plus, it benefits everyone if I focus my effort on marketing and promotion.
How are booths assigned? In short, they are assigned semi-randomly by category. The fairest way is to do it randomly, but we need to take into consideration the categories so that two vendors that make similar products are not next to each other. So, I sort our vendor list by category. Then I sort each category by registration date/time so that the earlier registrants get placed first. One category at a time, I assign booths throughout the venue making sure to spread out vendors of similar products. I don't look at specific vendor names, or play favorites in any way--with the exception of my entrepreneural 11-year-old daughter and my very talented mother-in-law. I play favorites with them. Because I'm not an idiot. :)
When do you assign booths (and when do we know where we are going to be?) If we are full, I'll do it as soon as I can once that happens. If we are not full, I'll do it about a week prior to the event.
Refunds? Provided we can fill your slot, we can offer you a partial refund. Refunds will be prorated based on incurred event expenses (advertising and marketing, staff, insurance, etc.). We're not here to hurt anyone financially. If you have special circumstances, please reach out to email@example.com.
What about COVID? We take this seriously, as these shows will draw both vendors and visitors who may be immune-compromised. So much has changed over the last two years--actually, so much has changed in the last three months. The decision point for us is about masks and whether they are required by a local or state agency, or if they are just "recommended." There's no need to make decisions until the week of the event, though transmission rates seem to be cooling off. If it all stays the same or improves, we'll likely be mask optional. For the unfamiliar, we've been running an indoor field sports program for youth and adults at the Crete Center. We have 4300+ people in the building each week for six months--that's over 100,000 user days (we actually used a traffic counter). According to the Clinton County Health Department (who we have been in touch with frequently), there were no documented cases of COVID in the building AND there were no documented cases of COVID transferring from one person to another. All of our mitigation efforts and steps were effective. Interestingly, the building uses a rooftop forced hot air system that moves a lot of air and vents a lot of air to the outside. While the Crete Center is not a perfect building, it is thought to be pretty good at removing viral load.
Wifi? Yes! The building has WIFI... Uh, but it did crap out during the last show. So we are working on upgrades for both the Spring and Fall show.
Is there anyone to help me move my stuff in and out? We are collaborating with regional volunteer groups to provide a stronger presence for assistance.
When Can I set up my stuff? Friday evening 4/22 for the Spring Show and 11/4 for the Fall Show from 5pm-8pm on both days. Also, Saturday morning of the show from 7am-10am.
When can I get the heck out of the building at the end of the day? The show ends at 5pm and you are required to stay until 5pm. It is important to know that we have another user group in the building at 7:15pm on Saturday 4/23. If you think you might need additional time to load-out, please reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Last Fall, the building was a ghost town by 6:45pm.
For the Fall show, do we need to breakdown our stuff on Saturday night? No--you are welcome to keep your stuff exactly where it is if you are comfortable with that. The space is under video surveillance.
Who are you? My name is Steve Peters and I am the owner of Adirondack Coast Events, a DBA of Elevate518, LLC is a event company in Northern New York. I have decades of event experience from running Olympic Trials and international events in winter sports, to made-for-tv events with ESPN, to craft fairs, 5k's, parades and more. I have a contract with the City of Plattsburgh to operate the Crete Civic Center from November 1-April 30 for the next three years. Most of our facility use surrounds youth sports in the winter. Through contract adjustments with the City, we are now able to do other events as well. Joining me to make this event as special as possible are Debbie Hammer of Lakeside Crafts and Needleworks and Donna Boumil of Windmill Point Country Store and Bakery.