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Dickens of a Christmas 2017

Location:
Historic Downtown Franklin, TN
Franklin, TN, Tennessee (South)

Phone: 615-591-8500 ext. 111
Show Dates: 12/9/17 - 12/10/17
Application Deadline: 8/31/17 Midnight CST
158 day(s) and 4 hour(s) remaining


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application fee): $30.00

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary
The Heritage Foundation's 33rd Annual Dickens of a Christmas is historic downtown Franklin, Tennessee's annual Victorian-themed street festival, complete with costumed carolers and characters from Charles Dickens's stories strolling the streets; Victorian food and treats; demonstrators; and an arts and crafts show throughout the historic downntown footprint. The celebration typically attracts about 65,000 visitors over the course of the weekend. 

We invite artists and crafters who handmake their own items to apply, and we are particularly interested in vendors with heritage crafts, holiday items and specialty gift items. All items must be handmade by the vendor and vendors are selected through a jury process.  We will invite about 120 artists to participate. 

General Information
The Heritage Foundation's 33rd Annual Dickens of a Christmas is historic Franklin, Tennessee's Victorian-themed Christmas celebration, when the town travels back in time about 150 years.  This free street festival is expected to attract some 65,000 visitors over the weekend.  Activities include costumed characters from Charles Dickens's stories interacting with visitors on the street; street dancers and street musicians; Victorian food and treats; a Town Sing; about 120 arts and crafts vendors and much more. 

The arts and crafts show takes place in Historic Downtown Franklin.  We will invite about 120 artists and craftspeople to participate.  Vendors are encouraged to dress in Victorian costume, but costumes are not required.
 

Rules/Regulations
Booth setup will be available beginning at 9:00pm on Friday, December 8, 2017 and on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 5:00am-8:00am. Vendors may pull their vehicles up to their booth location to unload but should clear the street as quickly as possible.  Under all circumstances vehicles must be off the street by 8:30am.

Vendors should begin tearing down as soon as possible after the event closes on Sunday, December 10, at 4:00pm.  Vendors may again pull their vehicle up to their booth to load up, but the streets must be clear by 6:00pm.

Booths must be open during the scheduled time and close promptly at the designated time.  No exceptions.

All merchandise must be consistant with photos submitted with application.  We reserve the right to ask vendors to remove from their booths any items that have not been through the jury process or that appear to be mass produced.

Acceptance at previous street festivals in downtown Franklin does not guarantee acceptance at this or any future events.  We reserve the right to place vendor in any location contained within the festival footprint, irrespective of the vendor's request or previous location.  Corner Space, Double Booth and Electrical connections are limited, upon acceptance they are first come, first pay.


No amplification of any kind is permitted to be coming from vendor booths.  

Electric space heaters and generators are prohibited; propane heaters are allowed.

The Festival Director reserves the right to close any booth not adhering too these rules and retulations.

By submitting application and fee, vendor agrees that this agreement has been read and understands and entered into freely, voluntarily and absent of duress by the parties listed on application.

 

Booth Information
Dickens of a Christmas is an outdoor event and will take place on December 9 and 10, 2017, rain or shine. Artists and craftspeople apply to and exhibit at Dickens of a Christmas at their own risk. 

Show Schedule
December 9 - 10, 2017


Friday, December 8, 2017
Registration:  6:00pm-9:00pm
Set-Up:  9:00pm-midnight

Saturday, December 9, 2017
Registration and set up:  5:00am - 8:00 am
Arts and Crafts open:  10:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday, December 10, 2017
Arts and Crafts open:  11:00am - 4:00pm
Tear down: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Jury Standards
We are seeking artists and craftspeople who create original work and are especially interested in vendors with heritage crafts, holiday items and specialty gift items.  Vendors will be selected through a jury process that takes place after the application deadline passes.  All work must be original in design and executed by the applicant.  No kits, flea market items or items made with commercially purchased molds will be accepted.  Items may be rejected if they appear to be mass produced.  The jury reserves the right to limit the number of vendors in any given category.

Acceptance at a previous street festivals does not guarantee of acceptance at this or future events.  We reserve the right to place vendor in any location contained within the festival footprint, irrespective of the vendor's request or previous location. 

Booth Information
Booth spaces rent for $275 and measure 12' wide and 10' deep from the curb into the street.  If your booth will exceed the standard size you must purchase an additional space for an additional $275.00. Tents are mandatory.  Tents must be freestanding and cannot be staked into the pavement.  They must be weighted to withstand wind, we recommend at least 40 lbs. of weight per tent leg. No debris or extra merchandise may be stored/placed on the sidewalks.

A limited number of corner, couble spaces and electrical connections will be available to accepted artists on a first-come, first-served/pay basis for an additional $75. 

A limited number of electrical connections are available at $75 per 110 hookup; generators are not permitted.  You must supply your own 100 ft' outdoor-rated extension cord. No more than 10 amps per circiut will be available.  Electric space heaters are not permitted but propane heaters are. 

Booth fee:  $275
Additional space: $275
Electrical connection:  $75 per 110 hookup
Corner booths:  $75

Security
Altough security is provided, The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, the Downtown Franklin Association, the City of Franklin, and event organizers and sponsors assume no responsibility for loss or damage to work, or liability for any transaction, accident or act of nature during the festival. Vendors who are concerned about the safety of their merchandise overnight  may remove it from their booth after 5 p.m. Saturday and return it before 9am on Sunday.

Acceptance and Cancellations
Applicants will receive notice of acceptance or non-acceptance via email in late September.  Booth fees will be payable after notice of acceptance and will be due by November 1, 2017.  Cancellations on or before November 1, 2017 will be eligible for a 50% refund less a $25.00 administration fee.  No refunds on booth fees after November 2, 2017.

 
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