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Dogwood Festival Vendor Information

Street Fair - Vendor Area
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Want to be a vendor?

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING 2019 SPRING VENDOR APPLICATIONS!

Check below for all of your unanswered spring vendor questions!


SPRING VENDOR FAQ’s

When are vendor applications due?

In 2019, we have decided to implement an Early Bird deadline in addition to the regular deadline. All applications submitted on or before December 31, 2019 will recieve notification of acceptance/denial/deferred by February 1, 2019. If an applicant is deferred, their application will be submitted for approval to the vendor committee along with all applicants who applied during the regular deadline. All other applications submitted prior to the regular February vendor deadline will be given an acceptance/denial decision by March 1, 2019. ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 5:00PM ON FEBRUARY 7, 2019.


When am I notified of when I am accepted?

Please check your email at the beginning of February for the Early Bird deadline decisions and at the beginning of March for regular deadline applicants. DO NOT contact the Dogwood Festival office prior to the promised deadline to inquire about your status. ALL decisions will be made after the application deadline has passed. Once you are an approved vendor, you will receive information concerning full payment and check-in times.

When are vendors at the Dogwood Festival?

Non-food vendors should expect to be open to the public on Saturday noon - 6pm and Sunday noon - 6pm. Food vendors will be at the festival during official event hours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

When can I apply?

We release applications for Spring Dogwood Festival every November.

Is there an application fee?

Yes, there is a $25 nonrefundable processing fee. This fee cannot be used toward your booth fee if you are accepted.

Do you already have a ________ vendor?

No! We only begin accepting vendors AFTER the deadline has passed. No previous vendors are guaranteed a spot and everyone is judged on the application that goes before the vendor selection committee during the current year.

Can I choose my location?

Put simply, no. However, our vendor committee considers any information you put on your application concerning location.

Can I have electricity?

Yes, you can have electricity for an additional fee. You MUST indicate this on your application and include the fee with your booth payment. Electricity cannot be purchased at check-in.


The photos I would like to submit are larger than 1MB. How can I make them smaller?
We recommend using http://www.picresize.com/ or http://www.simpleimageresizer.com/ to resize your photos. If you are still having trouble, please call our office and we will walk you through the process.

Can I bring a generator?

Generators are not allowed at this event under any circumstances.

What will I be judged on?

You will be judged on everything you include with your application. Make sure your information (price points, product descriptions, electrical requirements, etc) and photos are accurate and detailed. Anything not on your application will not be considered. Your application will be the only thing that goes before the vendor selection committee.

What does my fee include?

Your fee includes a 10’x10’ space (or larger for food vendors) during the festival. It is up to you to bring your own tent, table, and any other set up materials for your space. Electricity and/or additional space is an additional cost and must be specified on your application.

I want a spot to advertise my business. Should I apply?

Vendor space is intended to sell items on-site for patrons to purchase. Businesses that desire space for advertising and promotion would qualify as a sponsor for the event. Please contact our office at 910-323-1934 for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

I sell Scentsy, LuLaRoe or another catalog, independent, or home-based consultant sales product. Do I qualify as a commercial vendor?

No. We do not accept catalog, independent, or home-based consultant sales such as Scentsy, LuLaRoe, Avon, Pampered Chef, etc. Please contact the Dogwood Festival office if further clarification is needed.

My items are not hand-crafted/my items were made by somebody else. Do I qualify as an arts & crafts vendor?

NO! You should apply as a commercial vendor.

What exactly is a prepackaged food vendor?

Prepackaged food items are prepared off-site and packaged to sell on-site to consumers/festival goers.


I am with a winery and would like to be a vendor. Should I apply as Arts & Crafts?

Wine vendors should apply as a commercial vendor.

I sell sauces and/or seasonings. Should I apply as Arts & Crafts?

Sauces and seasonings are considered prepackaged food and should apply as such.

Do I have to have a NC Sales & Tax ID?

Yes, all vendors must have an NC Department of Revenue Sales & Use Tax ID Number, regardless of what state you are coming from. In order to obtain a Certificate of Registration, a person must complete form NC-BR Business Registration Application, available through online registration from the Department’s website at http://www.dornc.com/electronic/registration/index.html.

What is the expected attendance?

Our spring festival typically brings in 225,000+ attendees over the three-day weekend.

I am traveling to the Dogwood Festival. Where should I stay?

Please visit our hotel accommodations page for information about our recommended hotels. http://www.faydogwoodfestival.com/p/about-us/207

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ATTENTION FOOD VENDORS:

All food vendors will be required to pay a refundable deposit with the payment of booth fees upon acceptance. It will be refunded after a Dogwood Festival board member and Storm Water inspector has reviewed the space for grease splashes/spills, trash or other items on the ground. Due to the large fee incurred during 2018, the 2019 refundable deposit structure has changed. In addition to booth rental fees, all food vendors 20'x20' and larger will be required to pay a deposit of $1500. All food vendors smaller than 20'x20' will be required to pay $800. All deposits will be due on April 1, which is after the booth fee payment deadline. Read the PDF below to find out more information on how you can be in compliance with Stormwater and clean-up standards and policies.
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HOW TO APPLY

APPLY HERE to submit your application. All applications must now be submitted online via our new online vendor program. Please note the new Early Bird and regular deadlines. FOOD VENDORS please note our new refundable deposit policy.

Questions? Call our office at 910-323-1934
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