Happy New Year! Below is all the information you will need to be a vendor at the 46th Annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival. This year’s dates are August 18-20 2023.
We will offer options for being a vendor here for either one, two, or three days, 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. We again hope to have food vendors in the Church Commons lot, making it convenient for you to grab a quick bite. 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 private security patrolling our vendor lots Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 pm to 7 am. The Machias Police Department will also patrol the area.
We are offering electricity for up to 12 lots on the Church Commons, the three-day lot. You will need to bring your own 100-foot, heavy-duty, 12- gauge extension cord. Generators are permitted for food vendors, but we ask that they are as quiet as possible. 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 Lot will be the three-day lot for vendors who wish to participate on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. (The upper portion of this lot is currently full, there are still spaces 66-71 available in the lower portion of this lot)
The Bangor Savings Bank lot will be designated as a two-day lot, for use on Saturday and Sunday. (This lot is currently full, you can still request a space here in case someone pulls out, but there is no guarantee that a space will become available).
The County lot will be designated as a one-day lot, for use on Saturday only. (This lot is currently full, you can still request a space here in case someone pulls out, but there is no guarantee that a space will become available).
Pricing for a 10×10 space is as follows:
- Three Days- $200.00
- Two Days- $125.00
- One Day – $75.00
- Food Vendors- $350.00 (lot sizes for food vendors are dependent on need)
For non-profits or Washington County residents:
- Three Days- $150.00
- Two Days- $100.00
- One Day – $50.00
We will charge an additional $25.00 (total) to the above fees for corner lots.
An additional $50.00 (total) 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. You will be assigned a space when we receive your application and payment.
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 of 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 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm or from 6:00 am to 8:00 am on Friday morning.
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. (This lot is currently full, you can still request a space here in case someone pulls out, but there is no guarantee that a space will become available).
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. (This lot is currently full, you can still request a space here in case someone pulls out, but there is no guarantee that a space will become available).
Absolutely no early set-ups. If you do, you will be asked to leave the festival.
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.”
We expect vendors to stay for all the days for which they have registered. Vendor hours will be 9 am-5 pm on Friday and Saturday and 9 am-3 pm 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, Festival Director
For questions, please contact Ellen at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 207-263-8194