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Fountain Hills Great Fair 2018

Location:
Avenue of the Fountains/Saguaro Blvd.
Fountain Hills, Arizona (West)

Phone: (480)837-1654 ext. 4
Event Dates: 2/23/18 - 2/25/18
Application Deadline: 12/1/17 Midnight MST

The application deadline has passed.


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury/Application Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary
THE ANNUAL FOUNTAIN HILLS GREAT FAIR FEATURES SKILLED ARTISTS AND CRAFTSMEN FROM AROUND THE WORLD OFFERING UNIQUE, ONE-OF-A KIND WORKS OF ART.

Now in its 32snd year, this three day juried art fair features nearly 500 artists and artisans from across the United States and around the globe, and attracts 200,000+ visitors. Food booths, beer garden and seating areas abound throughout the venue, with great breakfast, lunch and rest stops situated at locations in the middle and at both ends of the festival area. Live musical entertainment.

Fountain Hills is the perfect backdrop for this annual, famous event. The beauty of Arizona shines in this small town atmosphere making it the ideal home for the Great Fair!

"This is my favorite show! It goes very smooth from beginning to end and I always make a large profit ! It's one of my best shows!" - Deanna Martinez-Hay
 
"The Fountain Hill shows are professionally run from the directors to the volunteers. Everyone is friendly, helpful and there for you. Great art buyers. My favorite shows!" - Dorothy Proffitt
 
"This is a high quality show. The attendance is enormous, and the comradadee amongst the vendors is awesome. I feel blessed to be a part of this Fountain Festival!" - Genevieve Markowski
 



General Information
Mediums:
  • Batik
  • Ceramic
  • Crafts
  • Culinary Arts
  • Digital Art (new!)
  • Drawing
  • Glass
  • Jewelry
  • Leather
  • Metal
  • Mixed Media
  • Music
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Prints
  • Sculpture
  • Textile Design
  • Weaving
  • Wood

Artist Amenities/Benefits:
  • Booth Sitters: During certain hours of each day of the show, booth sitters (called "Purple People"), will be available on request. If an artist needs to grab a bite to eat, use the restroom, or run a quick errand, a booth sitter will be able to look after your booth. Purple People can be requested by phone or in person. 
  • NEW Website: In the past, our only online information about the Great Fair is on our Chamber website (www.fhchamber.com). Now, we have a brand new website completely dedicated to our art shows. This will make it easier for attendees to learn about the event and get information about the show. The website will have a detailed list of vendors, maps, and much more!
  • Artist Parking: We have always provided ample parking for our artists, and we are currently working on the final details of parking with the Town of Fountain Hills. We will announce the parking plans as soon as we can!
  • Artist Packets: Each participating artist will receive an artist envelope upon check in that can contain deals and offers from Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce members. Each Chamber member is given the opportunity to submit a deal, coupon or offer in the envelopes, which means artists can save some money on participating businesses around Fountain Hills!
  • Event Program: The Great Fair prints thousands of event programs for attendees. The program includes a detailed map, as well as list of vendors so potential customers can find your booth. 
  • Chamber Info Booth: The Fountain Hills Chamber staffs a complete information booth that is helpful for artists who are needing information or questions answered. The Chamber Info Booth also helps customers locate a specific artist, product, or medium, helping to potentially attract buyers to your booth.
Event Demographics:
  • Marital Status:
    • Married: 74%
    • Single: 26%
  • Gender:
    • Female: 59%
    • Male: 41%
  • Age Range:
    • Under 25: 9%
    • 25 - 29: 6%
    • Over 30: 85%
  • Household Income:
    • Under 40K: 16%
    • 40K - 49K: 14%
    • 50K - 100K: 35%
    • 101K - 250K: 26%
    • Over 250K: 9%
Advertising/Marketing Plan:
The Great Fair is advertised to attendees by a number of ways:
  • Television Commercials that play in the entire Greater Phoenix Metropolitan area
  • Newspaper articles and advertising spots
  • Television show segments on local morning shows
  • Online marketing using defined search engine optimization and targeted demographics
  • Social media marketing on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  • Magazine listings in multiple publications

Application Process:

APPLICATIONS OPEN OCTOBER 2, 2017
APPLICATIONS DUE NOVEMBER 21, 2017
  1. Submit online application(s) via Zapplication‚Äč. No hard copies will be issued.
  2. Upload 5 images with application (3 of work, 1 of booth, and 1 of artist at work).
  3. Pay $30 non-refundable application fee PER Category applied in. Checks can be made payable to the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce and mailed to PO Box 17598 - Fountain Hills AZ.- 85269
  4. Acceptance notices will be delievered via email December 20, 2016
Applying in More than 1 Category:

Artists can apply in up to 3 different categories. Each category an artist applies in, one  non-refundable application will be charged (ex: if you apply in 2 categories, you will be charged a $60 non-refundable application fee)

Alternates:

Alternates will be chosen during the jurying process from the applicant pool. If there is a cancellation in a specific category, the opening may be filled by a jurying selected alternate only. The Fountain Festival Committee will notify any alternates needed via telephone and/or email.

Check In:
  • Early Check In: Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM at the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce Booth on the Avenue of the Fountains at Verde River Drive. 
  • Regular Check in: Friday, February 23, 2018 from 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM. Exhibits must be set and all vehicles out of the festival area by 9:00 AM. All vehicular traffic must be removed from the festival area b 9:00 AM each morning and will not be permitted back into the booth areas until after 5:30 PM.
Sales Tax:

Fountain Hills, AZ has a sales tax rate of 8.90%
 

Rules/Regulations
Artists must adhere to the following rules:
  • All participants MUST have the following before the first day of the show:
    • State of AZ Transaction Privelege Tax License (call AZ STate License Compliance Office at (602)542-4576 to apply)
    • Current Fountain Hills Business License (apply online at www.fh.az.gov). The FH Business License Numbers are due 30 days prior to the start of the show.
      • For business license questions, please call Tina at 480-816-5176 between the hours of 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
        or Gema at 480-816-5105 between the hours of 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM.
         
        You can also call Customer Service at 480-816-5100 press 0 to reach CS 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM Monday through Thursday for questions and payments.
         
        There is also an option to apply for a new license or renewal your license online at www.fh.az.gov/billpay Your physical address is where your home or studio is,
        not the fair address. You are considered an out of town business unless you have a business or live in Fountain Hills. 
         
  • Artists must be present at all times during festival hours
  • No "buy/sell"/ manufactures/reps/booth sharing.
  • Applicants cannot be accepted into the Fountain Festival without participating in the jurying process.
  • Acceptance is strictly at the discretion of the Fountain Festival Committee
  • All works to be exhibited must be origional and made by the exhibitor
  • Each exhibitor must provide their own canopy, canopy weights (required), tables, etc. A canopy is not required, but the artist is responsible for bringing all equipment. 
  • Cancellation or closing the Fountain Festival due to weather or other acts of God is solely at the discretion of the Fountain Festival Committee
  • Exhibitors who abandon their space at any time prior to the closing of the show are at risk of being excluded from future shows.
  • Pets are discouraged on the exhibit grounds. If they must be in attendance, all pets must be leashed (city ordinance).
  • The Great Fair does not charge a commission on sales transacted by artists
  • Only items submitted through the jurying process may be exhibited at the festival


Booth Information
If accepted, artists will be notified by email by December 20, 2017

Booth Fees:
*Booth fees are only accepted after an artists has been accepted into the festival through the jurying process. 

Each booth space has a $500 non-refundable fee. Double spaces can be purchased for $1000.

BOOTH FEES ARE DUE JANUARY 15, 2018. Booth fees are only accepted after an artists has been accepted into the festival through the jurying process. 

All checks can be made payable to the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce and mailed to PO Box 17598, Fountain Hills, AZ 85269. 

Booth Size:

11 feet wide x 14 feet deep

A typical canopy used for this event is 10 feet x 10 feet, meaning you have one foot to "play" with on the side(s) of you booth, as well as 4 feet to "play" with in front or in back of your booth. This extra space can be used to display items outside of your booth in the front, or used in the back for storage. It's up to you, so long as you are within your 11' x 14' space. 

Electricity:

If needed, electricity is available for booths in rows B and C for an additional $20. Each exhibitor receiving electricity must supply their own heavy duty extension cord that is at least 100 feet long.

Booth Space Requests

Artists can requst specific booth locations by noting on their application in the designated field. Every effort will be made to honor such requests, however, they are never guaranteed. 
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