We are excited to be planning our 23rd annual Winterfest Craft Sale, in Teulon, MB and we are now accepting maker applications!
Last years’ event was very successful. 2018 had 1600 shoppers through the doors and they were there to shop! We strive to have that number grow every year! Since this event is hosted by the Teulon Farmers Market, all our products are to be handmade; we will not include direct sales companies. Our motto is that all our vendors must “make it, bake it, or grow it!”
The Winterfest Craft Sale is two days. Setup is 10 am Friday morning and the sale starts at 2 pm. A community parade is held on the Friday evening at 7 pm. We will remain open until 8 to catch the spectators after the 20 minute parade. They will be able to warm up and shop a bit. A home cooked supper will be offered as well for families to come, shop, have a picture with Santa, and fill up their bellies before they take in the parade. And the sale continues on Saturday from 10-3. All your inventory can stay in the hall overnight.
We host the event in our spacious Teulon Hall. We have 36 - eight foot spaces, cost is $60. There are 2 10x10 booths for vendors with larger items at $120 each, 14 wall spots (8x6 with power) at $80 each and the bar with a freezer at a cost of $70. We limit the number of spaces you can book to one. In the past vendors would book 2 tables when items could be restocked or fit on one. This decision has allowed us to include an additional 10 vendors that we couldn’t fit before. If you need more space please book a booth or talk to me. We no longer host a silent auction so there is no need to donate a prize.
If you have never attended one of the Teulon Farmers Market events (or are applying with different products than in the past) you must include photos (max 4), or a Facebook page/website of your work with your application. If you do not include images that are easily accessible - you will not be accepted. We will limit the number of vendors in all categories (example – jewelry, canning, soaps, and knitting) at our organizers discretion. We want a great balance of all vendors to satisfy our customers shopping needs and to not have an oversaturation of any one product. Please note is not first come, first dibs on the tables. Vendors will be emailed or phoned when accepted after Sept 8. Vendors are chosen on originality and quality so do your best to sell your products on your applications. Just because you have attended in the past doesn’t guarantee your spot. And we try to have variety at our 3 annual events. Every application is reviewed for each event. This helps to ensure variety and freshness at our events.
Tables and chairs are provided for all our vendors but you must bring your own table coverings (to the floor) and extension cords if you need power. You will be given an 8 foot table with space to walk around every couple tables. Please keep your displays in your 8 foot space, not in the aisle or imposing on your neighbor. If you are bringing racks or additional displays they must fit in your space, bring a smaller table if you need to fit a rack. We have tons of traffic and it can get congested if everyone has displays in the aisle. Please note that we only have power on the 8x6 wall spots.
Our craft sale is organized by vendors for our vendors. All money we collect from our vendors is spent entirely on advertising and expenses. Our job as organizers is to get customers through the doors for you! Large block ads will be placed in the Stonewall/ Teulon Tribune, The Interlake Express and The Selkirk Record for 2 weeks. We promote our website, use Kijiji and professionally made posters are placed throughout the Interlake. If you can help put up posters in your communities, please let us know on your application and we will mail them to you. This really worked for us last year with an additional 100 posters put up by our vendors. We will also have a Facebook page opened closer to the event so please join. Word of mouth by social media is a fantastic way to get the word out! We do social media giveaways, last year 900 people liked, shared and commented on our event in one giveaway alone! We have signs to be placed on the highway the day of our sale to direct traffic.
This year we will once again have pictures with Santa on the stage to increase traffic. In the 6 years we have been doing pictures it continues to grow. Our first year we had 50 families and last year 260 families participated. People came as far as South St Vital for their pictures. Winterfest is to be more than just a craft sale…it will be an event not to miss! We have kept admission at a reasonable cost of $3, with children under 12 free. The Teulon Rockwood Centennial Centre will be open on Friday morning at 10 am for early setup. You may unload at the front or back doors. Vendors must be ready for customers at 2 pm sharp. The sale will run until 8 pm. Doors will be open by 8 am on Saturday. Vendors are asked to remain till the end of the sale each day even if they are sold out as a courtesy to the other vendors.
The Teulon Farmers Market’s board is an energetic bunch and we know this will be a great event to attend. We hope you will be a part of this excitement and will join us this year at Winterfest! Cheques are to be made payable to the Teulon Farmers Market. Deadline for applications is August 24, 2019. We do not accept e-transfer. If payment is not included your application will not be considered. Date your cheques to August 24, no later please. In the unfortunate event that you have to cancel, no cheques will be refunded after October 1, 2019. Please mail your application & cheque to Darci Loehmer, Box 195, Balmoral MB, R0C 0H0. For more information contact Darci at (204)467-9064 cell 204-461-0902 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.