Happy 2020! Are visions of Maine wild blueberries dancing in your heads? Below is all the information you will need to be a vendor at the 45th Annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival. This year’s dates are August 14-16.
We will continue to offer three, two, and one-day lots, and have dedicated vendor lot attendants! These Vendor Tenders will be there to answer any questions you may have, hopefully making quick work of any troubleshooting. Lunch delivery will remain an option for all our vendors on Saturday and Sunday, and we will have the Swamp Yankee Barbecue for your dining pleasure all weekend on the Church Commons. Once again, all vendors in our lots will be provided with a sign designating that you are an official registered vendor of Centre Street Congregational Church, as well as a lot number to attach to your pop-up tent. Wi-Fi access will be available to all our vendors, and you will be provided with an access password when you arrive. We will have additional overnight security this year with a dedicated security person for our lots as well as the church.
We are offering electricity for up to 12 lots on the Church Commons for the three and two- day lots. You will need to bring your own 100 foot, heavy-duty, 12- gauge extension cord. Generators are not permitted. The spaces for which we can provide electricity, will be designated with an “E” next to the space number, on the lot maps.
The Church Commons 3-Day Lot will be the three-day lot for vendors who wish to participate on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The Church Commons 2-Day Lot will be for two-day vendors who wish to participate on Saturday and Sunday.
The Bangor Savings Bank lot will be designated as a two-day lot, for use on Saturday and Sunday.
The County lot will be the one-day lot, for Saturday only. There will be no vendors in the County lot on Sunday.
Pricing for a 10×10 space is as follows:
- Three Days- $200.00
- Two Days- $125.00
- One Day- $75.00
For non-profits or Washington County residents:
- Three Days- $125.00
- Two Days- $75.00
- One Day- $50.00
We will charge an additional $25.00 (total) to the above fees for corner lots.
An additional $50.00 will be charged for electricity.
Vendor spaces will be assigned by the end of May (I hope it’s sooner, but I’m giving myself some wiggle room), on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will make every effort to accommodate your space request. When we receive your application and payment, you will be assigned a space.
We will still provide the vendor shuttle service, as well as daytime and overnight parking at Machias Memorial High School. This parking lot can accommodate recreational vehicles or tenting, but there is no electricity or water. The dedicated shuttle service will run on Saturday and Sunday. If you opt for the three-day lot, Court Street and Centre Street will be open on Friday, so the shuttle service will not be needed on this day. Parking will be “on your own” on Friday, but not allowed on Court or Center Streets. You will receive a “vendor tag” to place in your car during the festival. Parking will NOT be allowed on Court Street or Centre Street on Saturday and Sunday NOR will it be allowed at any time on any part of the Church Commons/Green Space, or any of the Vendor lots, including overnight. Your vehicle will be at risk for being towed at your own expense. Please help us, cooperate with our local police department.
Set-up times are as follows:
Three-day vendors on the Church Commons Lot: Thursday evening between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm or from 6:00 am to 8:00 am on Friday morning.
Two-day vendors on the Church Commons Lot: Friday evening between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and between 5:00 am to 7:00 am on Saturday morning. Cars must be off of both Court and Center Street by 7:15 am Saturday.
Two-day vendors at the Bangor Savings Bank Lot: Between 5:00 am and 7:00 am on Saturday morning. Cars must be off of both Court and Center Streets by 7:15 am. No set-ups on Friday evening will be allowed. If you begin to set up, you will be asked to leave. This lot serves a business (Bangor Saving Bank) and the parking lot is also needed to accommodate parking for the musical comedy on Friday evening.
One-day vendors at the County Court House Lot: Between 5:00 am and 7:00 am on Saturday morning. Cars must be off of both Court and Center Street by 7:15 am. Take down should be completed by 6:00 pm on Saturday evening.
Please register with your Vendor Tenders when you arrive and before you set up. The Vendor Tenders for the Church Common lots will be at the top of the lot, catty corner from the T-shirt booth, in the “Fresh Blueberries” booth. The Vendor Tenders for the other two lots will be stationed at their respective lots and will be wearing volunteer tags that say “Vendor Tender”.
No one will be allowed to set up before these designated times! Trying to set up before the designated times could result in you being asked to leave.
We expect vendors to stay for the entire day or days for which they have registered. Vendor hours will be 9am-5pm on Friday and Saturday and 9am-3pm on Sunday. Out of courtesy to our festival guests, vendors who choose to leave before the end of these assigned hours may not be invited back another year.
We will welcome you with coffee and blueberry muffins available on the Church Commons at the “Fresh Blueberries” booth Saturday morning, and your dedicated Vendor Tenders will be available to answer your questions and help you with any issues that may arise throughout the festival.
We look forward to welcoming many of you back again this year. We also look forward to meeting new participants at this fun, family-friendly, festival!
Ellen Farnsworth and Nancy Lewis, Co-Chairs
For questions, please contact Ellen at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 207-263-8194