Happy 2022! Are visions of Maine wild blueberries dancing in your heads? Are you done with this pandemic? So are we! 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 19-21.
We will offer options for being a vendor here for either 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. New this year will be 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. The Machias Police Department will patrol for security.
We are offering electricity for up to 12 lots on the Church Commons for the three-day lot. 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 lot will be the three-day lot for vendors who wish to participate on Friday, 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 designated as a two-day lot, for use on Saturday and Sunday.
Pricing for a 10×10 space is as follows:
- Three Days- $200.00
- Two Days- $125.00
For non-profits or Washington County residents:
- Three Days- $125.00
- Two Days- $75.00
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. 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 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.
Two-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.
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 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, Festival Director
For questions, please contact Ellen at: email@example.com or at 207-263-8194