For 40 years Sugarloaf has provided a low overhead market for artists and crafts people to sell their work. At Sugarloaf's Gaithersburg, MD show, you will reach shoppers in Washington, DC's affluent suburbs.
Notice: Use this application to apply to our November Gaithersburg show. To apply to multiple Sugarloaf shows and pay just one jury fee,
please use our Fall 2017 Seasonal Application.
Deadline: Jurying for our Fall 2017 shows begins Jan. 7, 2017. We continue to accept applications until shows are filled.
Sugarloaf Craft Festivals. A Unique Arts Community! Presenting the Best in American Handmade Fine Art, Contemporary Crafts, and Design
11 Well Organized, Well Advertised Events
Supported by Happy Shoppers from the Local Affluent Communities
Build Your Long Term, Sustainable Creative Career at Sugarloaf
Crowds of Shoppers
Each year 150,000+ Shoppers spend nearly $15 million at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals. They’re eager to meet you and buy your work! Sugarloaf gets the word out: local and national TV, print, radio, digital and social media, plus community outreach. Sugarloaf artists are always featured – you’re the star!
Quality Work, Personal Connections
Work must be handmade, focused on quality materials, creative design and superior craftsmanship. No kits, no buy/sell. You make it special – your customers can’t wait to hear your story, so no sales reps. All categories encouraged!
Inspiring, Inclusive, Incredible! New artists are welcomed into the Sugarloaf Family with open arms. Build life-long friendships while enjoying seamlessly organized events. The cheerful Sugarloaf team is available before, during and after to help you.
Jurying begins January 7, 2017.
Apply Today, Limited Space!
Sugarloaf’s November 2017 Gaithersburg Show
Montgomery Co. Fairgrounds
Nov. 17, 18, 19, 2017
Affluent suburb of Washington, DC
Sell to art enthusiasts from Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Rockville,
Chevy Chase and throughout Montgomery County.
Sugarloaf’s biggest festival
A long history of strong sales
Montgomery County, MD is one of the nation’s wealthiest counties with high household income and a population just under one million. Gaithersburg is ten miles from downtown Washington, D.C. just off the I-270 High Tech Corridor. The population is well educated and the major industries are computers, Internet, and biotech.
Montgomery County Fairgrounds features indoor heated buildings, barns with half sides and outdoor spaces. There is plenty of free parking on this 64-acre site. Camping is permitted at an additional fee. The food at this show is great. Over 25 food stands featuring a wide variety of quality food helps to make this show fun for exhibitors and patrons alike.
Our Gaithersburg shows will now feature 10'x10' INDOOR spaces instead of the 8' deep spaces of past years. A new more open layout inside the buildings will give each artist 25% more space. More display space should lead to increased sales for all. Spaces in the barns at Gaithersburg shows will remain 8 feet deep due to architectural constraints.
In addition to increasing indoor booth spaces at Gaithersburg shows, the aisles in the indoor buildings will be widened. Easier navigation for visitors with strollers and others using wheelchairs will provide a better experience. The wider aisles should also eliminate some bottlenecks created when there is a big crowd in attendance.
The largest craft festival on the east coast. It is our biggest and best show, with average sales of nearly $3 million. Sugarloaf Craft Festivals are voted in the Top-50 Craft Shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine. People here love fine art and quality crafts and show it by buying!
Click "Apply to this show" at the top right of this page to begin the application process
You'll be able to apply to as many of Sugarloaf's Fall 2017 Season shows as you wish by completing a single application and will pay just one $20 jury fee.
Our $20 seasonal jury fee must be paid by credit card or PayPal to submit your online application; this fee is not refundable.
Choose the payment option for space fees that is best for you (see below.)
Billing for space fees will occur after jurying.
Your application will be juried and you will receive official notice of our decision by US Mail.
If you have already applied to a Fall 2017 show and would like to add other Fall 2017 shows, please call us at 800-210-9900. You do not need to complete the application online or pay the application fee again to add a show in the same season.
GENERAL RELEASE AND ACCEPTANCE OF RULES
This contract covers any and all shows listed to which exhibitor(s) apply or are accepted. I/we the applicant(s) have read the “CONDITIONS OF THE SHOW” printed as part of this licensing application/contract and agree to abide by said conditions. In addition, I/we, the applicant(s), do expressly release the Producer (Sugarloaf Mountain Works, Inc.) and the Owners of the Show Sites of and from any and all liability for any damage, injury or loss to any person, business or property which may arise from the licensing and occupation of the exhibit space by the applicant(s), and agree to hold and save the Producer and owners of the Show Sites harmless of any damage, injury or loss by reason thereof. I/we understand that outside of the non refundable $20 jurying fee, if this application is not accepted, no space fees will be charged. In addition, I/we give permission to use my name, business name, image descriptions, item prices, and any images or videotape of me or my items for any and all purposes in return for the public exposure I/we desire for me and my creations.
CONDITIONS OF THE SHOW
The Artist or Craftsperson who designs the work and is a principal of the business MUST be present to show their work. If the craft or art is signed by an individual, they are the person required to be at the show. If the business is named after the artist, that individual must be at the show in person. If more than one person is listed as the Exhibitor on this contract, Sugarloaf Mountain Works, Inc. reserves the right to require proof that both are creators of the work and both are significant principals in the business.
No dealers or sales representatives are allowed.
All work must be original and completely finished. No imports, kits, items made from kits, items made using commercial patterns or commercial molds, items assembled from pre-manufactured components, unfinished work, items made from elephant or whale ivory, embellished items, commercial T-Shirts, commercial Sweats, or art and craft supplies may be displayed or sold.
Cancellation Refund Schedule: Artists may cancel a show for any reason. A full refund of space fees will be given when cancellation is received within 14 days of acceptance. The $20 seasonal jurying fee is non refundable. Other refunds depend on how many days before the first day of the show that we receive notice:
120 + days notice 80%
90-119 days notice 60%
60 – 89 days notice 40%
30 – 59 days notice 20%
0 – 29 days notice none
A $35.00 fee will be charged on any check returned by Exhibitor’s bank. Any foreign check processing fees charged by our bank will be billed to the exhibitor at cost.
Applicant agrees that any fees submitted may be applied to any current or past outstanding invoice the exhibitor has with Sugarloaf Mountain Works, Inc.
Exhibitors may only show work typified by slides.
All art and craft items displayed must be for sale.
Exhibitor’s booth must have a suitable backdrop to block the view of walls, storage areas or other Exhibitors’ booths. All of Exhibitor’s booth and display, including chairs, must be placed within the confines of the space. Nothing is to be placed in the aisles.
Corner space requests are not guaranteed. Exhibitors will be notified when they get their specific space assignment whether or not they have received a corner space. Those not receiving corners will have their corner fee returned to them at that time.
Sugarloaf Mountain Works, Inc. reserves the right to revoke the license granted by this contract at any time, including at the show, by refunding the space fees paid by the Exhibitor. Sugarloaf Mountain Works, Inc. will not be liable for paying any travel expenses, lost revenue or any other liability whatsoever beyond the space fees paid by the Exhibitor as a result of enforcing this provision.
The Exhibitor’s booth must be open and staffed during all regular show hours. In many cases, anyone arriving late, leaving before closing or breaking down during show hours may be refused entrance to future shows.
Spaces not occupied by 7:30 pm on set-up day may be filled with standby Exhibitors with no refund or allowance whatsoever.
All exhibits, goods and materials must be removed by 10 pm of the last day of the show. Failure to have everything off site by this time may result
in extra charges.
Parking and traffic will not be permitted in the show area or fire lanes from one half hour before show opens until fifteen minutes after the show closes each day. All loading and unloading must be planned around these hours and vehicles are to be removed to the Exhibitor parking lots before the show opens. Vehicles remaining in the show area or fire lanes during these hours may be towed away at the owner’s risk and expense.
Exhibitors must abide by all fire regulations and/or decisions of the representatives of local fire departments. All booth materials shall be in accordance with local fire regulations.
Nothing shall be nailed, stapled or otherwise fixed to the walls, floors or any part of the exhibition rooms.
Exhibitor’s booth must not interfere with adjacent exhibits in any way.
All exhibits are to be in keeping with the overall family-oriented theme of the show.
Exhibitors are not to bring pets to the show.
All Exhibitors are responsible for keeping their area clean during show hours, including clean-up at end of show. All displays should be neat and clean and tables should be covered on all sides to the floor with a suitable, professional looking cover of flame retardant materials.
Exhibitors and their helpers must exhibit professional behavior at all times while on the show site. Sugarloaf Mountain Works, Inc. reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine what constitutes professional behavior. Violation of this rule will result in the Exhibitor, their helpers and exhibits being excluded from the show site with no refund or allowance whatsoever. In addition, Exhibitors violating this rule may be removed from future Sugarloaf shows with refunds in accordance with the policy detailed in condition #4 above.
All extension cords used at the show must be the heavy-duty, three wire type. No two wire extension cords are allowed.
Exhibitors may not display ribbons or awards from other shows.
Exhibitors may not sublet or apportion space to anyone else.
No open flames are permitted.
Sugarloaf Mountain Works, Inc. will not be liable for refunds or any other liabilities whatsoever for the failure to fulfill this contract due to reasons of the enclosure in which the show is to be produced, being, before, or during the show destroyed by fire or other calamity, or by any act of God, public enemy, strikes, statutes, ordinances, or any legal authority, or any cause beyond its control.
Insurance, if desired by the Exhibitors, must be obtained by them at their own cost.
Exhibitors shall be liable for delivery, handling, erection, and removal of their own displays and materials.
Exhibitors found in violation of any of the “Conditions of the Show” may be excluded and have their exhibits removed from the current and/or future shows at the sole discretion of Sugarloaf Mountain Works, Inc. In such cases, refunds will be provided as detailed in condition #4 above. Under no circumstances, including negligence, shall Sugarloaf Mountain Works, Inc. be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages resulting from such action.
Sugarloaf Mountain Works, Inc. may require the removal of work considered to be in violation of these conditions and reserves the right to make final interpretation of all conditions.
If any section, sentence, clause, phrase or portion of this licensing application/contract is, for any reason, held invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such portion shall be deemed a separate, distinct and independent provision and such holding shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions.
This contract shall be deemed to have been made in the State of Maryland and shall be interpreted in accordance with the laws of such state. In the event that legal action is required to enforce this contract or any of the terms thereof, such action shall be brought in the Courts of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the Exhibitor expressly consents to the jurisdiction of such courts. The parties agree to accept service of process in such action by ordinary mail sent to their business addresses as set forth in this contract.
This contract constitutes the entire agreement between Sugarloaf Mountain Works, Inc., and the Exhibitor and no modification shall be valid unless in writing and signed by the parties or their representatives.