On tent booths, we have two size categories:
(1) Small- 12' x 12' = $25/weekend
(2) Large- 16' x 20' = $40/weekend
These are just generalized size
ranges...we're not really very
strict. (No one has yet had their booth measured with a tape.)
Basically, a "small" booth is roughly the size of a 4-legged
open canopy, and a "large" booth is roughly the size of an
enclosed tent pavilion. We hope that will accommodate most
The tent vendor contract is ready to mail out. Interested parties,
let me have your postal address, and I'll drop you a packet in the
mail ASAP. We need to go by mailed packets only this year,
because all vendors (indeed all faire participants) will be required
to sign a Hold Harmless waiver.
Booths that are much bigger than 16' x 20' will generally be
to hardened booth structures (i.e., buildings).
General guidelines below--the following is subject to change in
the next few weeks as we draw up our legal papers:
-'Ownership' refers strictly to a 'tenant'-'landlord' relationship;
the faire owners will
comprise the 'landlord' of all physical property,
as well as owners of the land upon which it is built. (This is pretty
standard with private land corporate faires.) Essentially if you build
and own your booth you have control of the building and its rent per
-If you build a booth, you will lock in contractually at the
rate per square foot of space per weekend as written in your
contract, for a lease period of ten years. The going rate per
square foot may slide up in price as inflation marches upward
and the faire grows.
We seem to be in an inflationary cycle now, so locking in this
way may be advantageous for merchants.
-Booths built by their tenant owners will be leased at the rate
of 12 cents per square foot per weekend. Thats the going rate
for 2007-2008. This will refer to ground space only--there will
be no additional charges for square footage of
lofts, second, or
third floors. I am adding that budget incentive to encourage the
building of multi-story merchant booths, which are really more
period than the wide, sprawling one-story shops built at a lot
of other faires.
-Regarding building, let me remind everyone that we have a
special--this year only--for vendors who build their own
for the first three years of building ownership, you will receive
free rent at all Middlefaire festival events (including off season
-Camping will be available onsite this year for all craft
We're still working on specifics.
-Unknown whether or not there will be hot showers at this point.
However, there are running water hydrants already piped into the
village and these can be used for solar showers. These hydrants
do supply potable water, incidentally---so they can be used for
drinking, cooking, or handwashing.
-Building season for vendors will not start until April 1st.
-The faire contract for builders is a work in progress. Please
bear with us. This contract should be finished around March 15.
-We encourage you to go ahead and ask for vendor packets if
a second year craft vendor--if you act early we may be
able to earmark you some good spots before the booth builders
claim them. (All four corners of the lanes at Church Street and
the main street are taken for building, at this writing.)
-I also encourage all our craft vendors to join our second Yahoo
for on-topic discussion of faire vendor issues only, and will likely
include some future info and discussions that don't make it to the
general discussion Middlefaire Yahoo Group.
mka K.G. Tuma
the Middlefaire Company, Inc.
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