Event Information

Peters Valley Craft Fair 2019 - 49th 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: 9/28/19 - 9/29/19
Application Deadline: 3/25/19 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 49th Annual Craft Fair, a juried exhibition and sale, September 28 & 29, 2019. 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.

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. The show is advertised extensively throughout the tri-state area and on social media. There is a webpage featuring all participating artists with links to individual websites.

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. Cash prizes will be awarded.

PLEASE NOTE: We realize that this year our fair overlaps the first night of Rosh Hashanah and may impact exhibitors. We will make all necessary accommodations so those with a conflict may pack up early.

General Information

Who should apply:
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.

Emerging Artists: The Peters Valley Craft Fair will award 10 emerging artist spaces. Each will include a 10’x10’ standard booth space, pipe & drape, electric & insurance for a discounted flat rate of $250 (that’s a $460 discount!). To qualify you must have been exhibiting professionally for less than 3 years and have not participated in our show previously in this category. We will not expect you to include a booth shot with your images. To be considered for this award you must apply in the Emerging Artist Category. Those without a booth shot may replace it with a 5th image of work.

Exhibition Categories:
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.

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.

Peters Valley brings outside jurors to be consultants in the review and selection of applicants. Jurors independently score each application. Those scores are passed along to the exhibition committee who makes the final determinations. 

2019 Jurors
Seth Nagelberg, Ceramics Department Chair at Cleveland Institute of Art
Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith, Executive Director of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)
Jury notification:
Applicants will be notified of jury status by April 15, 2019.

Wait List:
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.

Peters Valley Craft Fair gives exhibitor awards based on artistic merit (Gold, Silver, Bronze, Honorable Mention, Emerging Artist). Judging takes place at the event. Each award winner is given a significant amount of credit towards next year’s booth fee, their application fee is waived and they are jury exempt. Cash prizes are awarded in some categories.



Cancellation Policy:
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 6th will be 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.

New Jersey Sales Tax:
In order to legally sell work at the Craft Fair, you must register your business with the State of New Jersey and obtain a New Jersey Business Registration Certificate and a New Jersey Certificate of Authority to be able to collect Sales Tax. These documents must be displayed prominently 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 if you are not compliant, so please make sure you are properly registered. Registration with the State of New Jersey must be completed at least 15 days before engaging in business activity.  To learn more and register your business online visit this website: https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/informationforvendors.shtml
Specialty Food Exhibitor Permits:
Peters Valley will accept a very limited number of specialty food exhibitors. If you are a 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. Follow these direct links to the forms needed: Frankford Twp and Sussex County Division of Health.

Booth Information

Exhibition Spaces & Fees:
300 watts of electricity is included with the purchase of either your indoor or outdoor booth space. Indoor booths are located throughout four adjacent buildings all of which have concrete floors, a roof and permanent or temporary side enclosures. There are a limited number of outdoor booths available. Standard booth spaces measure 10'x10’. All indoor 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 Standard Booth            $355
10 x 10 Corner Booth                      $525                       10 x 10 Outdoor Corner Booth                $415 
Expand your Indoor Booth by 10’    $345                       Expand your Outdoor Booth by 10’         $200
Expand your Indoor Booth by 5’      $225                       Expand your Outdoor Booth by 5’           $125

Booth Payments:      
We request all booth and amenities be selected through Zapplication regardless of payment. Payments can be made in-full through Zapplication by credit card, or by check payable to Peters Valley, mailed to 19 Kuhn Rd, Layton, NJ 07851. We offer a Split Payment option ($20 fee) which must be selected in the Zapp Shop. A 50% deposit is due by June 1st. Remaining balance due by July 31st.

Additional Options (Details about camping are in the Lodging Section below):
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                               $5
Additional 5’ Pipe & Drape                                  $45      On-site RV Camping w/Hookup             $40
Additional 10’ Pipe & Drape                                $65      On-site Tent Camping                            $15
Lighting Bar                                                         $22      Extra Electric (additional 300 watts)       $60

Artist Demonstrations:
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.

Set Up / Break Down:
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.

Show Hours:
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm
-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.

Camping is available on site ($15-$40/night) with shower facilities and electric hookup available. Camping is primitive with no picnic tables or fire rings. Peters Valley’s campus, located 12 miles from the fairgrounds, also has housing available ($35-$90/night) by calling (973)948-5200. Additional housing options can be found here.