Event Information

Cow Chip Arts and Crafts Fair 2019

Marion Park, corner of 1st St and Grand Ave
Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin (Midwest)

Event Dates: 8/31/19 - 8/31/19
Application Deadline: 5/1/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $25.00


Event Summary
Over the years, the lighthearted tradition continues! We welcome you to attend the 45th annual Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw and Festival! The arts and crafts fair is a part of this festival, which sees over 40,000 attendees each year. This is one of the region's largest events, and we invite you to submit an application to be a part of it! Our fair hosts 150 vendor spaces, which guarantees a wide variety of art and craft items for sale!

Cow Chip Arts and Crafts Fair will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 9am-5pm. This one day, outdoor art fair is held in Marion Park, Prairie du Sac, WI., along the parade route for the larger Festival. 

Eligibility: All exhibited work must be original in concept and must have been created by the accepted applicant. 

Not Allowed: Food vendors, buy/sell items, consignment pieces, work made with commercial kits, molds, patterns, plans, stencils, or prefabricated forms, and imported items.

Booth spaces are 15ft x 15ft, outdoor only, with no electricity access. Booth spaces are preassigned based on date of application, and we will do our best to honor requests. Applications are juried blind by a committee based solely on media category and photos that are submitted. 

For more information, as well as helpful videos on how to apply and resize photos, visit www.riverartsinc.org/cow-chip

General Information
The art fair runs from 9am-5pm on Saturday, August 31, 2019. This one day, juried art and craft fair event will be held in Marion Park (corner of 1st St and Grand Ave), Prairie du Sac, WI 53578.

Eligibile: Art and craft items of original design, handcrafted by the exhibiting artist. 
Not Eligible: Buy/sell items, consignment pieces, work made from kits/patterns, imported items, and food vendors.

Application Procedures:
Both new and returning vendors must completely fill out the application in full, including at least 5 photos of the work you plan to sell.  
Applicants will be juried in May by a committee, based off of the photos provided and by media category. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent after May 15, 2019.

*Note: River Arts Inc is no longer accepting paper applications for this event. All applications, photos, and payments must be submitted using this online format.

Media Categories Accepted:
  • Fiber
  • Bath/Body
  • Ceramics
  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Photography
  • Jewelry
  • Floral
  • Garden Art
  • Other

Best in Show: Two vendors will be selected as 2019 Best in Show. These winners will each receive an award to be displayed in their booth for the remainder of the fair, as well as a free booth to the 2020 fair (valued at $110).

  •  The Cow Chip Arts and Crafts Fair is open to all exhibitors 18 years of age and older. (16-17 year olds may exhibit with written parental permission and an adult at the booth during the fair)
  • All work must be original, handcrafted work. Artist guarantees the accuracy of the description of the works presented and the authenticity of the work as the creation of their own hands.
  • All exhibited work must be original in concept and must have been created by the accepted applicant. No work made with commercial kits, molds, patterns, plans, stencils, or prefabricated forms may be exhibited. No buy/sell.
  • All sales will be conducted between the artist and customer. Artists are responsible for obtaining a Wisconsin Temporary Event Operator and Seller Form S-240 (required as part of the application) and for collecting and paying Wisconsin sales tax.
  • Vendor is also responsible for getting appropriate sports and logo licensing if applicable.
  • Artists must be present to exhibit and manage their displays during the Fair. Artists are limited to the booth space they were assigned. Booth spaces are non-transferable. Any artist who has not been juried into the Fair, or has not paid the jury and booth fees, will not be allowed to exhibit.‚Äč
  • No take-downs before 5pm the day of the fair.
  • Booth spaces are all 15ft x 15ft and all cost $85.
  • Jury fees are non-refundable. Cancellations will not receive a refund, no exceptions.
  • If accepted, you agree to the use of your images for promotional purposes unless you notify us in writing otherwise
  • Driving on park grass or behind Grand Ave School to load or unload is strictly prohibited at all times.
  • This is an outdoor event; no refunds will be provided due to inclement weather
  • Registration begins at 6am the day of the fair. Set up on the day before (Friday) is allowed after 4pm, but no overnight security will be provided. 
  • No pets allowed in the park

Booth Information
  • Booth spaces are all 15ft x 15ft grass spots in a park. Cost is $85 per booth. Electricity is not availabe at any of the booths. Tables/chairs are not provided.
  • Please do not send a booth fee payment until you have been invited to particpate in the show.
  • Invited artists may use a credit card to pay their booth fees through zapplication.org or artists may send a check directly to River Arts Inc.
  • Vendors are not required to bring a tent, but it is recommended as this is an outdoor event.
  • Multiple booth spaces can be purchased, up to a maximum of three per vendor. There is no additional jury fee to purchase an extra booth, just the additional $85 per extra space.
  • When submitting an application, vendors can request a specific booth number (see site map for booth numbers). Every effort will be made to honor this request. Booth assignments are based on the order applications are received and space availability.

Event Site Map

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