Event Information

Peters Valley Craft Fair - 48th Annual

Sussex County Fairgrounds, less than 60 miles from NYC in the beautiful Sussex Skylands region. Conveniently located off of Route 206.
Augusta, New Jersey (Northeast)

Phone: 973-948-5200
Event Dates: 9/29/18 - 9/30/18
Application Deadline: 9/11/18 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $50.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Peters Valley School of Craft presents its 48th Annual Craft Fair, a juried exhibition and sale, September 29 & 30, 2018. The jury will accept 150 artists. The show receives approximately 5,000 sophisticated attendees mainly from NJ, NY, PA, CT. In-booth demonstrations by exhibiting artists is encouraged and prominence in location or additional space will be considered. Cash prizes will be awarded.

The show is held at the fully accessible Sussex County Fairgrounds, with indoor booths spaces as well as a limited number of outdoor spaces. Inexpensive accommodations are available on the fairgrounds and on Peters Valley’s campus. Advertising will be expanded this year including on social media and a webpage featuring all participating artists.

Peters Valley is a nationally recognized non-profit (just 60 miles from NYC) focused on cultivating creative thinking through fine craft media and educating the public about fine craft. We do this through immersion learning workshops for adults and youth (blacksmithing, ceramics, fibers, fine metals, photography, woodworking, and special topics/glass), outreach events, artist residencies as well as public lectures and gallery exhibitions. Proceeds support the educational programming and scholarships at Peters Valley.

General Information
Peters Valley is firmly committed to diversity, inclusion and equity. In the interest of preserving fine craftsmanship while also fostering innovation in the field of contemporary craft, we are seeking a range of artists from those that use traditional techniques to those that highlight the creative use of technology. We are excited to include both emerging and established artists. We pride ourselves on hosting a high quality, well-balanced show offering handmade original works in a range of prices.

ALL WORK MUST BE ORIGINAL & MADE BY THE APPLICANT. Work created from commercially available kits is not accepted.  Work that is created under the direct supervision of the applicant in a small-studio production scenario is acceptable if the artist has a constant hand in direction, feedback, and assistance in the making process. Manufacturers, importers and agents other than craft artists should not apply. The Fair Committee reserves the right to determine whether a particular type of work is determined unacceptable or in keeping with the standards of the show. If the work is determined unacceptable or misrepresented in the images submitted, the applicant will not be allowed to exhibit during the event. 

Each exhibitor will be listed in ONE category area in all craft fair materials. We ask that you choose an exhibition category based on the primary identifying material or technique used in your body of work. ‘Mixed Media’ category implies that you are using multiple media in each of your works and does not mean that you are exhibiting two or more distinct bodies of work that would otherwise fall under distinctively different categories. If you are wishing to do this, you must be juried into both of those categories and must pay the full application fee for each of those categories. Once accepted under both categories you may exhibit them in one booth and will be listed in both categories in our craft fair materials.

Michael Radyk, American Craft Council Director of Education
Brienne Rosner, Peters Valley Gallery Director
Leslie Sevcik, American Craft Exposition Co-Chair

Awards of Distinction and Cash Prizes

The Peters Valley Craft Fair will award a limited number of emerging artist spaces. Each will include a 10’x10’ standard booth space, pipe & drape, electric & insurance fee for a discounted flat rate of $250 (regularly priced at $710). Anyone who has exhibited as a Peters Valley Emerging Artist at our Craft Fair in the past is not eligible for this category. This option is only open to those who have been exhibiting professionally for less than 3 years.

Peters Valley is committed to generating artist sales. Any artist who wishes to be listed as offering wholesale options to resellers (galleries and stores), will be specially marked as such in the program. 

Artists who work collaboratively on all work that they wish to exhibit may submit one application jointly. Two or more artists that create independent bodies of work that wish to exhibit together in one booth must be accepted into the show independently. They are NOT considered collaborators. 

Those placed on the wait list will be contacted and offered space in the exhibition if and when an artist in their category declines our invitation to participate or cancels their participation in the show. This is done on a rolling basis and continues up to the actual exhibition date.

Camping is available on site ($25-$45/night) with shower facilities and electric hookup available. Peters Valley’s campus also has housing available ($35-$90/night) by calling (973)948-5200. Additional housing options can be found here

Friday  8am—8pm
Saturday 8am—9:30am
This event has easy drive-up and unloading, with most exhibitors being able to drive up to their booth space.
No assistance is provided by the event organizers. If you wish to hire help, we are happy to pass your contact information on to people who may be available.

-Exhibitors are required to man their booth for the full duration of the event and all hours that it is open to the public.
-Booth sitters are provided, as available, for one 15 minute break per day free of charge.
-We will be offering special advertising opportunities for exhibitors.

ACCEPTING OUR OFFER TO EXHIBIT IS A COMMITMENT TO THE EVENT. Exhibitors canceling prior to July 1st will have their money refunded, less a $100 processing & cancellation fee. Exhibitors canceling July 1st - July 31st will have their money refunded less a $200 cancellation fee. Exhibitors canceling after August 1st will receive no refunds. Application fees are not refundable.

The venue requires that all exhibitors are required to carry general liability insurance with limits of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence and name BOTH: Peters Valley School of Craft, 19 Kuhn Rd, Layton, NJ 07851 &  Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Rd, Augusta, NJ 07822 as additional insured parties for the dates of the event. A certificate of insurance from your insurance company as proof of this coverage is required to be emailed or faxed to Peters Valley (973) 948-0011. If you do not carry this insurance you can purchase general liability coverage through Peters Valley at a cost of $50, payable with your booth fee. Any exhibitor NOT providing proof of coverage or purchase of coverage by September 7th will be automatically charged the $50 fee regardless of whether or not they show coverage after this date. Product liability is solely the responsibility of the artist and not the responsibility of Peters Valley School of Craft or the Sussex County Fairgrounds. Overnight security is provided.  Peters Valley and the Sussex County Fair Grounds assume no responsibility for theft, damage, loss of exhibitor work, personal property or any display items.

In order to sell work at the Craft Fair, you must have a New Jersey sales tax number and certificate. Your sales certificate must be clearly displayed in your booth. New Jersey sales tax is 6.625% with articles of clothing exempt. Note: The NJ Division of Taxation sends representatives regularly to the Craft Fair. They have the authority to shut you down immediately so please make sure you are properly registered. For online access, information and forms please go to: http://www.nj.gov/treasury/revenue/revprnt.shtml The NJ Reg (first line) is the form itself. For instructions please open second line (NJ Reg and instructions). Once you print, fill out and mail the form. It takes approximately 7-10 days to receive the necessary documentation. 

Peters Valley will have a designated area for a limited number of specialty food exhibitors. If you are an Artisanal (specialty) Food Exhibitor, you will need to apply for the following permits whether you sell open or prepackaged foods. You will need to apply for a food license from Frankford Twp and also complete and submit a temporary food application to the Sussex County Division of Health. The Board of Health often visits our event. It is the exhibitor's responsibility to obtain these permits.
Sussex County Division of Health: Go to www.sussex.nj.us and click on Form Center located on the left of the web page. Scroll down to the Division of Health forms and select Food Establishments: Temporary. It will take you to the form you need to fill out. It is formally titled ‘Farmer's Market or Temporary Retail Food Vendor Application’. If you have any questions, you can call the Health Department at (973) 579-0370.
Frankford Twp: Contact Marcy at (973) 948-6453

Booth Information
50% deposit is due by June 1st. Remaining balance due by July 31st. There is a $20 fee for splitting payment into two installment and two checks (one postdated for July 31st and the one dated prior to June 1st) must be submitted with your acceptance to the show.

300 watts of electricity is included with the purchase of your booth space. The bulk of the exhibition spaces are enclosed, sheltered from the elements and have concrete floors and a solid roof. There are a limited number of outdoor booths available. Standard booth spaces measure 10'x10’. All booths include an additional 2’ behind the booth for storage. A limited number of corner spaces are available and will be allotted on a first come basis. Exhibitors must design a complete booth with a back & side walls or drapes, chairs, tables, etc. Tablecloths must extend to the floor. Banners may not be hung on the front of the booth (front bar) but should instead be located inside the booth on one of the walls. If you are a previous exhibitor you may request a booth space. No requested booth space is guaranteed.

Indoor Booths                                                             Outdoor Booths
10 x 10 Standard Booth               $465                        10 x 10 Outdoor Corner Booth                $415
10 x 10 Corner Booth                   $525                       10 x 10 Outdoor Standard Booth             $355 
Expand your booth by 10’             $345                       Expand your Outdoor booth by 10’         $200
Expand your booth by 5’               $225                       Expand your Outdoor booth by 5’           $125

10 x 10 Booth Pipe & Drape (indoor booth)          $195          8’ Table (must be covered to floor)       $20
10 x 10 Corner Pipe & Drape (indoor booth)        $180           Metal Folding Chair                            $10
Additional 5’ Pipe & Drape                                    $45         On-site RV Camping w/Hookup           $45
Additional 10’ Pipe & Drape                                  $65         On-site Tent Camping                         $25
Lighting Bar (must buy 2 if corner booth)              $22            Extra Electric (additional 300 watts)    $60

If you are interested in demonstrating in your booth or in a larger space in or outdoors, please mark the appropriate space on your application and describe what would be involved in your demonstration.