Frequently Asked Questions!
1. Who is the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Arts Center?
2. How do we determine what we have or what we do each year?
A. We are a non-profit Art Organization in the City of Fayetteville. We are completely made up of volunteers and this event is one of our major sources of income. We received no funding from any government sources.
3. Why no Rain Date and why do you have the show outside?
A. Our number one determination is you the vendor. Vendors have told us they do not like shows with big name bands, because people come to hear the music and have no interest in the Arts & Crafts. They have told us they like having the local dance schools, and local bands playing. We set it up on Friday and Saturday, because after many years of having it on Saturday and Sunday, we simply didn't have enough people come out on Sunday. We want your feedback; let us know what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong.
4. Why do we not offer full refunds?
A. We have looked into having a Rain date, and feel that it just not worth it. We would have to charge more for the booths because cost of advertising would be doubled. We do book the Sunday of our event to extend the show by one day if it looks like it might be clear. This is done at no charge to the vendors. If it does rain enough to shut out the entire weekend a substantial discount will be offered to the vendors that showed up for the next year's show. It is extremely important that you give us a valid E-Mail address and phone number. We will contact you in the event that the showvhj is cancelled. We strongly suggest that you also, figure on showing on Sunday. In the event that the weather is such that we have to close the show or cancel one day of the show we will continue on Sunday if the weather allows. The safety of the vendors, their product and the customers are our primary concern.
5. Do certain vendors get preference?
A. We have approximately 10% of the vendors each year will register and fill a spot and then cancel or don't show up. This cost us money and makes our show look poor when we have empty spots. Some years we fill up early and end up turning away possible paying vendors. In short it cost us money and time.
6. Who is our Customer?
A. All booths are assigned on a first come first serve basis. The exception being members of the Arts Center. Additional requirement such as electric will limit locations.
7. When can we set up and what are the hours of the show?
A. We consider the vendor our customer. Therefore, we do everything we can to provide them the best, and most hassle free show.
8. Can more than one vendor share a booth?
A. You can start setting up after 2 PM on Thursday before the show starts on Friday. We want everyone set up and ready for business by 10am on Friday morning and 9am on Saturday morning. Vendors that pack up early, and/or leave, will not be invited back, as this can cause a hazard to our guests and their children.
9. Why do you charge more for Electric?
A. One additional vendor is allowed per the booth number. IE: A single booth can have two vendors, a double booth can have three vendors, and a triple booth can have 4 vendors.
10. Why do we charge more for Food Vendors?
A. It is an additional cost that we have no choice but to pass on.
11. Who picks up the trash?
A. Someone that is selling food to be consumed on site usually requires electricity (so that is automatically included), and their customers produce more trash. We in turn have to provide the labor to pick up the grounds and dispose of the trash.
12. Do you have Security?
A. We do! We provide each booth with a trash bag, and in the past they have really been good about policing their area for trash. This has allowed up to not increase booth fees to cover this service?
13. Do we have Rest Rooms?
A. We have dedicated security for Friday Night only!
14. Will my Booth Location change after the initial assignment?
A. We have Rest Rooms on the Park Ground available 24 hours.
15. Will I be notified that my application has been accepted?
A. It might. It can be because we have too many similar vendors in the same area, or we do not have enough vendors in an area and we are trying to consolidate the show, or because of landscape changes and other changes that are outside our control.
16. What is the most common cause of registrations being mixed up?
A. If you register by Internet, you will be notified by E-Mail. This might not occur until you Credit Card Charge is posted to our account. If you register by Internet and send a check, we will send you an E-Mail when the check is received. If you registered by U.S. Mail we will only respond if you send a SASE.
17. I have a band, I have a dance team, I want to perform at your event?
A. We are amazed every year with the number of people that register under one name and then use a different name on their credit card or check. This prevents us from matching the two together. If you are doing this clarify that in the comments on the registration.
18. If I sponsor a band, or some other form of entertainment, can I get a free booth?
A. If you are willing to perform free of change in exchange for the exposure, we are interested in having you perform. You will be allowed to sell T-Shirts or CD etc. Our focus is the Arts and Crafts and not a Music festival.
19. We have a Local Non-Profit Organization and would like to have a booth?
A. We are open to discussion for things like that.
20. Juried Process:
A. If you have an IRS Non-Profit standing (not just the State Non-Profit Status) and would like to have a booth you can contact us. If you want an information booth we will give you a booth for free, if you are wanting to sell an items that might compete with our Arts or Craft vendors we asked that you pay the going rate for a 1/2 size booth. We asked that you do not sell food other then home cooked items. No soft drinks, popcorn etc. We do not want the Non-Profit Vendor competing with the Vendors that are paying full price. You need to register as a non-profit vendor and give as much detail in the comments as possible as to what you want to do.
A. We judge Art or Craft on the following bases:
1) New vendors or old Vendors with new products must provide a minimun of 4 photographs one of their booth and 3 of their products they will be selling. This can be done by sending us digital photographs either printed or by E-Mail, or providing us a web site or Facebook address that has the photographs. Vendors that have shown at our show in the past do not have to provide this information if they do not have a different line of products unless requested.
2) All work in both fine art or fine craft must be original in concept and must have been created by the accepted applicant. Booth sharing is allowed with a maximum of two vendors to a booth. Each vendor must be juried separately.
3) Participants must exhibit the type and quality of work shown in their photography/website/Facebook page. Not acceptable are items embellished or made from commercially available kits, plans, or patterns; imports; factory-made or assembled items; mechanical reproductions, offset prints or considered offensive by our community standards. (Exception: T-Shirts with original art are allowed if the artist can provide the original art work (or proof of such).
4) Reproductions must be signed and numbered, and marked ?reproductions?, and cannot make up more than 20% of the display.
5) Artists may only exhibit in the category for which they were accepted*. If you wish to apply in more than one category you must submit a separate application with a separate photography support. IE: If you plan on showing jewelry, jewelry images must be included as part of your photography submission.
6) We limit the number of vendors selling the same or like products. The number of vendors is limited based on the demand for such a product. IE: Wood Turned Pens/bowls are limited to two vendors. Because of the variety, jewelry vendors could be limited. There is no limit on photography or art vendors.
*IE: If you apply as a photography vendor, and then we find you are selling jewelry as well and did not apply also as a jewelry vendor, you will be asked to remove the jewelry from your booth.