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Dickens of a Christmas 2018 Presented by First Citizens National Bank

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

Phone: 6155918500
Event Dates: 12/8/18 - 12/9/18
Application Deadline: 9/4/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 5 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (Application fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary
The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN's 34th Annual Dickens of a Christmas presented by First Citizens National Bank 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 downtown 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 130 artists to participate. 

General Information
Who we are:
In 1967, long before historic preservation was popular, a group of Williamson County residents realized our history was disappearing one old building at a time.  They created the Heritage Foundation to protect and preserve the architectural, geographical and cultural Heritage of Franklin and Williamson County and to promote the ongoing revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.  In short, we save the places that matter in Williamson County, Tennessee with the Franklin Theatre being one of the buildings we purchased and preserved. 

The Heritage Foundation's 34th 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 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 130 artists and craftspeople to participate.  Vendors are encouraged to dress in Victorian costume, but costumes are not required.

Food/Food Truck Vendors
Food and Food Truck Vendors are assigned to various areas of the Downtown Franklin footprint.  

Vendors can expect to be notified via email of jury decisions by mid September.  
 

Rules/Regulations
The arts and crafts show takes place primarily along the footprint in Historic Downtown Franklin on Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 10am - 5pm and Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 11am - 4pm.   This is an outdoor, two-day show and takes place rain or shine.

Show Schedule
Saturday, December 8, 2018 and 
Sunday, December 9, 2018


Registration:
Friday, December 7, 2018 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 5:00am - 8:00am

Setup:
Friday, December 7, 2018 from 9:00pm - midnight
Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 5:00am - 8:30am - all cars off street by 8:30am

Tear down:  Sunday, December 9 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm (all cars must be off the street by 8:30pm)

Jury Standards
We are seeking artists and craftspeople who create original work and we are primarily interested in art crafts, holiday items and specialty gift items.  Vendors will be selected through a jury process which begins after the application deadline.  Preference is given to arts and crafts vendors who personally handcraft the items they sell. 
No more than two artists may collaborate on work and both must be included on the application.  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. Nothing will be permitted in your booth that has not been juried, and we reserve the right to ask that such items be removed.

The jury reserves the right to limit the number of vendors in any given category.  Acceptance at a previous festival is no guarantee of acceptance at future festivals.  The jury reserves the right to make exceptions.  

Although we have a fine arts category, we are not exclusively a fine arts show.  

Food/Food Truck Vendors
Food and Food Truck Vendors are assigned to various areas of the Downtown Franklin footprint.  

Vendors can expect to be notified via email of jury decisions by mid September, please do not call.

This is an outdoor event and takes place rain or shine.  Booths must be open during scheduled time and close promptly at 6pm.  No exceptions.

A 10'x12' space will be assigned to vendor.  All vendors must supply their own freestanding tent, weighted to withstand wind (at least 40 lbs. per tent leg are required).  Tents not weighted down will receive a fine from the fire department and will be required to remove their tent. Tents may not be staked into the pavement.  No debris or extra merchandise may be stored/placed on sidewalk behind tent.  

All merchandise must be consistent 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. 

Food/Food Truck Vendors:
Once you are accepted you will be required to submit proof of liability insurance with your payment and asked to sign a contract with us.  Your certificate of insurance should show liability insurance of at least $1,000,000 and list both The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and the City of Franklin as additional insureds.  You will also be asked to provide a $200 check which will serve as a clean up deposit and which will be returned to you when you leave your space clean.  

Food vendors at this event are subject to a State of Tennessee Health Department inspection, for which there is a $30 charge.  Please email us if you need a copy of the TDOH food vendor guidelines.

No sound amplification of any kind is permitted from your booth. 

The Festival Director reserves the right to close any booth not adhering to these rules and regulations.
 
Arts and Crafts booth spaces rent for $300 and measure 12' wide and 10' deep from the curb into the street.  If your booth will exceed the standard size you must purchase a double space for $600. Extra spaces are limited.

Tents are mandatory.  Artists must provide their own tent, display, tables, etc.  The tent must be freestanding and cannot be staked into the pavement.  They must be weighted to withstand wind, at least 40lbs. of weight per tent leg.  

A limited number of corner spaces and double spaces will be available to accepted artists on a first-come/first-pay basis.  Corner spaces are available for $400, double spaces are available for $600.  

Arts and Crafts vendors spaces have a limited number of Electrical connections.  Electrical is available in select locations and booth placements will be made to accommodate requests on first-come/first-pay basis. These spaces are available for $75 per 10-amp hookup, and no more than 10 amps per circuit will be available.  You must supply your own 100 ft., outdoor-rated extension cord, household extension cords are not permitted. Generators are not permitted.  

Setup will be available beginning Friday evening between 9pm - midnight and Saturday morning from 5:00am to 8:30am. Vendors will be able to pull up to their booths to load in and tear down.  All vehicles must be off the street by 8:30am.  Vendors will have from 6:00pm - 8:00pm to tear down and vehicles must be off the street by 8:30pm.


Food/Food Truck Vendors:
Rental fees are listed below, you will be invoiced once you are accepted to our event.

10'x10' Space: $350.00          10'x15' Space:  $525.00          10'x20' Space:  $725.00
10'x25' Space: $900.00          10'x35' Space:  $1,250.00

The following are electrical options:
110 electric hook-up:  $100.00 per hook-up
220 electric hook-up:  $220.00 

If additional electrical is used without prior reservation or payment, vendor will have the option of disconnecting the power or paying for additional hook ups on the spot.  

No generators allowed unless prior written consent from Festival Management.


 

Booth Information
Dickens of a Christmas is an outdoor event and will take place on December 8 and 9, 2018, rain or shine. Artists and craftspeople apply to and exhibit at Dickens of a Christmas at their own risk. 

Show Schedule
December 8 - 9, 2018


Friday, December 7, 2018
Registration:  5:00pm-9:00pm
Set-Up:  9:00pm-midnight

Saturday, December 8, 2018
Registration and set up:  5:00am - 8:00 am
Arts and Crafts open:  10:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday, December 9, 2018
Arts and Crafts open:  11:00am - 5:00pm
Tear down: 5:00pm - 7:00pm  -  all cars must be off the streets by 7:30pm

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 $300 and measure 12' wide and 10' deep from the curb into the street.  If your booth will exceed the standard size you must purchase a double space for an additional $300. ($600 total). Tents are mandatory.  Tents must be freestanding and cannot be staked into the pavement.  They must be weighted to withstand wind, 40 lbs. of weight per tent leg.  Tents without proper weights will not be allowed, you will be fined by the Franklin Fire Department and your tent must be removed. No debris or extra merchandise may be stored/placed on the sidewalks.

A limited number of corner, double spaces and electrical connections will be available to accepted artists on a first-come/first-pay basis. 

A limited number of electrical connections are available at $75 per 110 hookup.  Electrical connections are available in select locations and booth placements will be made to accommodate requests on a first come/first pay basis.  You must supply your own 100 ft' outdoor-rated extension cord. No more than 10 amps per circiut will be available.  Generators and electric space heaters are not permitted but propane heaters are. 

Booth fee:  $300
Double space: $600
Electrical connection:  $75 per 110 hookup
Corner booth:  $400

FOOD/FOOD TRUCKS PRICING:

Rental fees are listed below, you will be invoiced once you are accepted to our event.

10'x10' Space: $350.00          10'x15' Space:  $525.00          10'x20' Space:  $725.00
10'x25' Space: $900.00          10'x35' Space:  $1,250.00

The following are electrical options:
110 electric hook-up:  $100.00 per hook-up
220 electric hook-up:  $220.00 

If additional electrical is used without prior reservation or payment, vendor will have the option of disconnecting the power or paying for additional hook ups on the spot.  

No generators allowed unless prior written consent from Festival Management.

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 5:00 p.m. Saturday and return it before 9:00am on Sunday.

Acceptance and Cancellations
Applicants will receive notice of acceptance or non-acceptance via email in mid-September.  Booth fees will be payable after notice of acceptance and will be due by November 1, 2018.  Cancellations on or before November 1, 2018 will be eligible for a 50% refund less a $25.00 administration fee.  No refunds on booth fees after November 2, 2018.

 
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